Monthly Archives: March 2012

Buy Fair Trade in Cedar Falls, Iowa!

Fair Trade: Trade in which fair wages are paid to workers. Human trafficking involves sex trafficking and labor trafficking both. People who are trafficked or exploited are not paid fair wages and work for little to nothing. Some people who are … Continue reading

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God’s wrath! Hallelujah!

There’s a thunderstorm outside! You know why I love thunderstorms? Because they’re beautiful in their dauntingness. They’re powerful and they demand attention. Such is God. Did you know that in Nahum (yep, it’s a book in the Bible – tucked … Continue reading

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We’re aware of human trafficking…..now what

I went through the walk-through exhibit, I saw documentaries and became hooked on youtube videos describing human trafficking. I went to Freedom Week Events. I prayed for human trafficking all week. Now what? I know I can pray. I know I … Continue reading

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Freedom Picture

Today, I want to share with you a painting which was inspired by the idea of ‘Freedom’. I’ve been working on it the last few weeks, and I’ve been learning a lot about Freedom. I’ve been learning about Financial Freedom … Continue reading

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FREEDOM WEEK : Sunday Night Kick-Off Event

The first event I want to tell you guys about is the Kick-Off Event that the River hosted at the Union this Sunday night. It was an awesome, encouraging time, as we heard from a local pastor from Waterloo as … Continue reading

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Freedom Week Kick-Off Event!

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A documentary detailing the injustice of human trafficking, Nefarious: Merchant of Souls

COMING TO DVD MAY 1ST!

Support the fight against human trafficking by pouring your resources into organizations that are specialized in rescuing, rehabilitating, and reintegrating people who have been trafficked. One way to do this is to buy the documentary detailing the injustice of human trafficking, Nefarious: Merchant of Souls. All proceeds go directly toward combating the crisis of sex slavery. 

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Doggy Diapers

Doggy Diapers

You guessed it! Doggy diapers! You know it’s a good day when you come home to your roommates putting doggy diapers on the newest addition to the family.

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http://www.relevantmagazine.com/life/whole-life/features/28310-americas-obsession-with-sarcasm

A thought-provoking and challenging article about WHY we use sarcasm, and how we can often times use it in a negative way. Check it out if it intrigues you!

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Simply loving

This video shows clips from when two Christian music artists/bands, Leeland and Brandon Heath, went to Cambodia with Food for the Hungry. Before watching this video, I was thinking about Cambodia and how much pain, loss, fear, and need is there. I was thinking about myself and how I know I can’t fix those things.

Then I watched the video, and saw people simply loving other people. It didn’t require a government or a program or a strategic plan. It required some kids and a game of duck duck goose. I saw simple love. I was reminded that it’s not about me – about what I have or don’t have or about what I can do. It’s just about me sharing what I already know and what I already have – the love of Christ. When I start with the love of Christ, it just spreads to more love – for God and for people. 

It’s just a difference in focus. When I start with myself, I begin to dwell on my fears, my inadequacy, my hesitations. When I start with Jesus, I begin to dwell on how much He loves and how great He is, how powerful He is, and how He loves to love. Jesus loves to love. Jesus loves me to love. Jesus loves when people give and receive love. That’s what it’s about – loving God and loving others. It’s not about fixing a country. That’s not my job. The world already has a Savior. His name is Jesus. My role is a Lover – a Lover of Jesus. Simply loving God is often times just loving people simply.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ajIFfSaEzE

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