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understanding my addiction

understanding my addiction

When I feel lost in this world, which I have been feeling a lot lately, I find that drenching myself in scripture helps me find direction.  I often feel lost trying to find God, among all this.  All of this being the American life I lived before I went to Africa.  In January 2011 we brought home our adopted son from the Democratic Republic of Congo.  In the months that followed I found myself writhing through different stages of withdrawal.  At first I didn’t realize what was happening to me....

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the mini-fridge

the mini-fridge

I stand up and stretch my legs for a moment. I need to do it more often, because having a desk job like mine can easily result in poor circulation (causing a whole bunch of other health problems). Somehow I feel like staring at the computer monitor for too long is beginning to make me thirsty. I know that sounds crazy, but I stand up from my desk to do something about it anyway. I take the step and a half across my office towards the mini-fridge in front of the window. I bend down to open the...

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Clean Water Changes the World

Clean Water Changes the World

Over 800 million people lack access to clean water. Living Water International‘s goal is to transform this horrific statistic through clean water wells in the developing world. In November 2011, my first devotional book Thirst No More will be published to help create awareness and provide financial support for Living Water’s efforts. You can help, too. The first step is awareness, or simply learning more about the issue. The video below is a great first four minutes to inspire your day and...

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[study] social media has made teens more aware of needs of others

[study] social media has made teens more aware of needs of others

According to a new 30 Hour Famine study, almost half (44 percent) of American teens say they’ve become more aware of the needs of others thanks to their social media usage. The survey commissioned by World Vision, a relief and development group, revealed that four out of five teens (80 percent) use social media and that two out of three (66 percent) agree that the benefits of social media outweigh the risks. 30 Hour Famine is the world’s largest teen hunger awareness campaign involving more...

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selling a spiderman kite

selling a spiderman kite

They were literally everywhere! One thing that certainly stands out as we drove through Santo Domingo (and other cities in the Dominican Republic) was the massive amount of street vendors. And no, I don’t mean sidewalk vendors. I mean street vendors. These are dudes that walk around on the street selling things to people stopped at the intersections. Some sell bread and other food items, others offer pre-paid phone cards to charge up your mobile device.  Some are trying to move the inventory...

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Contagious Hope

Contagious Hope

My friends at Compassion International have launched a great site to share stories of God at work in Haiti since last year’s earthquake. I’ve included an excerpt below, but please click through to the site to see the entire line of stories and videos of what is happening. -Dillon Contagious Hope by Brandy Campbell Most of my trips with Compassion are filled with hope. The poverty I see on these trips is tempered with stories of hope and healing and perseverance. But my trip to...

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Pray for Swords to become Plowshares in Sudan

Pray for Swords to become Plowshares in Sudan

During the Summer of 2009 I had the pleasure of going on a mission trip to Kenya and Uganda with Five Talents International (FTI). It was a Business as Mission Trip that where we taught basic Christian business skills to client and potential clients of the local microfinance programs supported by FTI. These guys are doing some amazing work in the fight against global poverty, and the results that they’re seeing in Sudan are nothing short of incredible. With some big changes coming to...

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