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Can Blogging Make a Difference? Why I Became a Gospel for Asia Blogger

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Sometimes God points you in a direction through repetition. You’ve probably had the experience where a particular word or phrase came up everywhere you looked: in the Bible, on the radio, even in the checkout line at the store. Those are times you know God is working on your heart to get a message across. The message may not be clear, but God can certainly get your attention that way. A few months ago that started happening for me. I’ve had a heart for Africa for a long time, but suddenly God started shifting my attention. I had a missionary reach out to me to invite me to India to share with women in the small villages whenever I wanted to come. Then he invited me specifically to come to speak at his pastor’s conference. My health prevents me from travel right now, but that wasn’t the end of it. Several other contacts stepped forward to engage with me online....

Turn a Spare Pillowcase into a Sun Dress for a Little Girl in Africa

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Little Dresses for Africa Girls have a difficult time in Africa so Rachel O’Neill decided to take some dresses to the children in African villages. A small group of women began to sew simple little dresses out of pillowcases. They distributed them through orphanages in Africa to reach young girls who are most vulnerable. Word spread and they began receiving little dresses from all over the United States—and even all over the world. Today, the ministry of Little Dresses for Africa has received more than 3 million little dresses. That’s a lot of dresses and a lot of little girls who have been blessed by this ministry. And Little Dresses for Africa offers their gratitude: Imagine it! All of your beautiful little dresses out there planting in the hearts of little girls that they are worthy! You are changing the world, one little dress at a time! . . . These beautiful dresses go out as...

Bags of Hope for the Homeless

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I want to make a difference and I bet you do, too. So when I find meaningful ways to take simple actions that make a difference, I want to share them with you. I recently read about a young girl who wanted to make a difference and her story impressed me so much, I’ve followed up on her ministry and decided to follow her lead:   There are all sorts of ways to begin this lifestyle of reckless generosity and living with open hands. My niece Clara made a decision to be a person who shares, and she did this in a big way when she was only seven years old. Sometimes she would see people living on the streets, in need or begging for change. She wanted to do something to help. Her compassionate little mind began to ponder her options, and she came up with “Bags of Hope.” Clara made these little bags that contain the following items: a dollar, a lifesaver mint, a granola bar, and a little note...

Send Your Excess Bibles to Those Who Need a Bible

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How many Bibles do you have? You know all those Bibles on your shelf, the ones you never read because you purchased a different Bible translation to try it out and didn’t care for it? Instead of letting them collect dust, what if you could get them to someone who really wants a Bible, maybe even someone who has never had a Bible before?   Are you a Bible hoarder? I am! (or was) I pulled all my Bibles off the shelf and from every possible hiding place. I put them all in one big stack and it was more than four feet tall. That’s almost as tall as I am. After I took a picture, I found a few more Bibles I had missed. My grand total for Bibles and Bible portions (New Testaments, etc.) was 32. I had 32 Bibles. I only use four of them, maybe six. But over the years, I’ve collected way too many Bibles. It happens innocently enough, I know from experience. Some I purchased for myself, some were...