According to some Christian outlooks we were made for another world. Perhaps, rather, we were made for
this world to recreate, reclaim, and renew unto God's future aspiration by the power of His Spirit. - R.E. Slater
Secularization theory has been massively falsified. We don't live in an age of secularity. We live in an age of
explosive, pervasive religiosity... an age of religious pluralism. - Peter L. Berger
Exploring the edge of life and faith in a post-everything world. - Todd Littleton
I don't need another reason to believe, your love is all around for me to see. - anon
Thou art our need; and in giving us more of thyself thou givest us all. - Khalil Gibran, Prayer XXIII
Be careful what you pretend to be. You become what you pretend to be. - Kurt Vonnegut
Religious beliefs, far from being primary, are often shaped and adjusted by our social goals. - Jim Forest
People, even more than things, need to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone. - anon
... Certainly God's love has made fools of us all. - R.E. Slater
An apocalyptic Christian faith doesn't wait for Jesus to come, but for Jesus to become in our midst. - R.E. Slater
Christian belief in God begins with the cross and resurrection of Jesus, not with rational apologetics. - Eberhard Jüngel, Jürgen Moltmann
Our knowledge of God is through the 'I-Thou' encounter, not in finding God at the end of a syllogism or argument.
There is a grave danger in any Christian treatment of God as an object. The God of Jesus Christ and Scripture is
irreducibly subject and never made as an object, a force, a
power, or a principle that can be manipulated. - Emil Brunner
Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh means "I will be that who I have yet to become." - God (Ex 3.14)
Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. - Thomas Merton
The church is God's world-changing social experiment of bringing unlikes and differents to the Eucharist/Communion table
to share life with one another as a new kind of family. When this happens we show to the world what love, justice, peace,
reconciliation, and life together is designed by God to be. The church is God's show-and-tell for the world to see how God wants
us to live as a blended, global, polypluralistic family united with one will, by one Lord, and baptized by one Spirit. - anon
The cross that is planted at the heart of the history of the world cannot be uprooted. - Jacques Ellul

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Charity: Mercy Ships



MERCY SHIPS

For More Information:
http://www.mercyships.org/


DONATE
https://connect.mercyships.org/page/contribute/one-time






  

About Volunteering

Volunteering for Mercy Ships will not only change the lives of those you serve, it will change you. There are many ways to support Mercy Ships in our global medical mission to help the poor. It takes all kinds, with all skills. There is a need for both medical and non-medical volunteers.

When you think of Mercy Ships, imagine what it would take to run a small city. There are volunteer positions in a variety of areas including: housekeeping, galley, deck crew, doctors and nurses and everything in between. Our volunteer opportunities are both long and short-term onboard the Africa Mercy.
  • Short-term crew can volunteer from two weeks to two years depending on the position and typically fill service roles or very specialized medical or technical positions.
  • Long-term crew make an initial commitment of two years and typically fill positions that require more continuity and training.
All of Mercy Ships volunteers are required to provide/raise their own funds to cover crew fees, insurance, and transportation to and from the service location.
  

Bring Hope and Healing










Charity: Water




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Do it as a family, or in the name of a loved one.
Then, use one of our personalized cards to share the message.


fundraise for clean water
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One in eight people on the planet drinks water
that's likely to make them sick. The water crisis
and poverty go hand-in-hand.



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1 BILLION
Almost a billion people on the planet don’t have access to clean drinking water. Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. We're working to change that. Join us and learn how you can help >





 WATER CHANGES EVERYTHING









 Stories from the Field




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Help us build water projects around the world. Your money will be used for direct water project costs like pump heads, cement and pipes. Just $20 can provide one person with clean, safe drinking water, and 100% of your donation will fund water project costs.
donate to water projects
*all gifts to charity: water are tax-deductible



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We're fundraising for a new drilling rig for our partners in Ethiopia. The new FS 250 drilling rig can drill an additional 80 wells a year, and serve 40,000 more people with clean water in Ethiopia. 100% of your donation will fund the FS 250 drilling rig.
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My Secrets Video


If you find that you have no words after viewing this video you will be in good company. The pain and heartfelt emotions shown here ache for embrace and love. To all those who have travelled this road or know someone who had, please know that our prayers and sympathies go out to you. If ever an example of strength can be seen, it has found a home  in this young woman's brave spirit.



"God heals the broken heartened.
He binds up their wounds."
- Psalms 147.3


My Secrets Video
"I love and miss you, mom"





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National Suicide Hotline
With Help Comes Hope - http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/


How to Talk about Suicide.



Introduction

After accidents and homicides, suicide is the third leading cause of death among young adults ages 15-24. It can be prevented. Men are more likely to commit suicide than women. They usually use violent means to end their own lives. Females, on the other hand, are more likely to attempt suicide. They usually use drugs or poison to try and end their lives. You should note that a suicide attempt is a "cry for help" and a request for social support. The suicidal person is letting his/her feelings be known. His/her problems seem overwhelming and too difficult to handle.

Why do College Students Kill Themselves?

Because each individual is unique there is no single reason as to why a student commits suicide. However, there are several factors that may contribute to a student having suicidal thoughts. These include:
  • Major life transition, such as loss of a loved one, breaking up with a boyfriend/girlfriend, moving to a new town or school, failing an exam or course, not getting into one's choice of major, etc. These major life changes can cause a college student to feel unloved, depressed, isolated and lonely.
  • Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness. Problems in living seem more than one can bear. No matter what one does things do not seem to be getting better and no one seems to care or can help.
  • Negative feelings about oneself. A student who is suicidal experiences feelings of worthlessness and of being a failure. He/she may not be doing well in school or may not be excelling in academic or social areas that are of interest.
  • Wanting to end unbearable pain/problems that are so overwhelming.
  • Alcohol and substance abuse can cause a student to lose self control and engage in impulsive suicidal behaviors.
Note that depression is a major contributing factor to suicidal thinking. Depression may result from several factors, including the recent loss of a family member or friend, disappointments in romantic relationships, or failure to live up to one's own or others expectations.

Myths and Facts About Suicide

There are many myths about suicide:                                   
MYTH
  • Asking a student if he/she is thinking about suicide will put the idea into his/her head.
  • Once a student decides to commit suicide there is no way of stopping him/her.
  • Suicide happens without warning.
  • Students who commit suicide are mentally ill.
FACT
  • Discussing the problem openly shows the suicidal student that someone cares and wants to help.
  • Most students who are suicidal do not want to die. They are making a "cry for help".
  • 75% of the people who attempt or commit suicide have shown some warning sign(s).
  • Students who are suicidal are not necessarily mentally ill.

 

Warning Signs


There are verbal and non-verbal warning signs of suicide that will let you know that your classmate or friend is crying for help.

NON-VERBAL warning signs include:
  • Giving away personal or prized possessions.
  • Increased alcohol or drug use.
  • Sleeping too much or too little.
  • Lack of interest in personal appearance.
  • Lack of interest in friends.
  • Lack of interest in social activities that were formerly of interest.
  • Poor performance in school.
  • Boredom, restlessness, and loss of concentration.
Please note that many of these warning signs are signs of depression. Depression does not necessarily mean that a person is contemplating suicide. But depressed people often think of suicide.

VERBAL warning signs include such negative statements as:
  • "Instructors, classmates, families and friends do not care."
  • "Life isn't worthwhile."
  • "People are better off without me."
  • "Everything seems to be going wrong."
  • "I don't need this any more."

 

Ways to Help

  • Talk openly and freely and ask direct questions about the student's intention.
  • Listen to what is said and treat it seriously. Do not add to your friend/classmate's guilt by debating, arguing or lecturing about whether or not suicide is right or wrong.
  • NEVER leave a student who is suicidal alone.
  • Encourage the student to seek help.
  • Get help immediately.