Hakkuna Matata…


Greed. Pride. Wrath.
February 21, 2008, 4:20 am
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Now, as a Californian, I love this state. I love what it has to offer and what it has in store for me. One thing I have taken for granted is that we have a pretty decent law enforcement system in place, hopefully, to help deal with anything big that might come up. Well tonight, I was reading and came across this on Forbes.

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It’s a map portraying which cities in the United States have the highest ranks for the seven cardinal sins. Pretty interesting. Well what I wanted to point out, is that I can understand some, but these make me laugh, and feel real safe. The only sins that Northern California comes in ranking in is in greed, pride, and wrath. Oh yea, go Bay Area. You guys rule…. I don’t know id your from California, but I just found this interesting. Go here to check out the other rankingsand what not. Peace. 

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New!
February 20, 2008, 3:35 pm
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About me over there on the Me Myself and I link. Now, off to art class. Have a fantabulous day. Peace!



This is my story…
February 19, 2008, 10:40 pm
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photo-28.jpgSo I have been reading up on the bloggers as they came back from the trip and Shaun Grovesposted a blog about how he wants people to tell their story of how they adopted a child through Compassion International. So I thought I would give it a whirl. 

Around this time last year, a couple fellow bloggers (Emelia and Bryan) and I went to see Shaun Groves in Auburn, California at a church showing he was doing for Compassion. It was a great show, I mean its Shaun, always a good show, but it was great that he also gave a message as well. If you have never gotten a chance to listen to him speak, try and get a chance, its just awesome.

Anyways, at the end of the show and the message, and after listening to him and the stories he was telling of how much this organization changes lives, I was convinced.  The ushers were walking around handing out random packets of the kids and when he got to me he asked me, and with out hesitation, I took the packet from his hand and opened it to see little 6 year old, Jonathan Alexander Sibrian. I don’t know what it was, if it was just the Holy Spirit reaching in and slapping me around, but something was telling me that I needed to help this child. 

So I went to the back and signed the rest of the information and within 10 minutes, I became the sponsor for Jonathan. It was an incredible feeling. As I was standing by the counter of the sea of faces, Shaun came out into the lobby and began to mingle. I was able to chat with him and just get some encouragement that this program really does save lives; it really does create a sense of ease in this child and his family. And all I was giving up was 32 dollars a month. Something which wouldn’t be hard to come by. 

Months went by, letters were sent to me, and I just knew that I was doing something to help someone, and it made me feel like a better person. Not sound conceited. It just did. Well a couple months later, I received a letter from Jonathan and his family and the Compassion staff saying that Jonathan was no longer in the program. That he had been taken out by his mother. This came as a shock to me. At the time, finances were getting tight and 32 dollars, even though it doesn’t sound like a lot, was hard to come by for a college student supporting himself. Then Compassion called and told me the news which I had already received and they said it was my choice to choose to continue or not.When I got home one night after about a week of thinking about it, I went on Compassion’s website and was glancing over the different kids that were without a sponsor for x amount of time, the ones that had been without the longest. I came across a young boy, from the same country as little Jonathan, El Salvador. He is a year older than Jonathan and his name is Aldair Ricardo Diaz Echegoyen. And I thought, this is the kid. This is who I am going to try and support. 

And to this day, even after moving out on my own, having to pay for school, food, and shelter, this kid has remained in my life as something to humble myself with. I have his info on my bulletin board and every time I glance at it, it reminds me at how much we have every day. And how much my 32 dollars a month means to these kids. I’m looking into sponsoring another little girl from El Salvador as well, but I haven’t been able to due to the lack of job right at the moment.

So if your reading this, I mean, I know its long, but this is so worth it. What can you give up that is 32 dollars a month. I know the average American spends roughly 35 dollars a month of soda drinks. Could you cut back on some? Just think about it and know its for a good cause. These kids need our help. Save a life today.  



Class in an hour..
February 19, 2008, 5:07 pm
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But I’m killing time sitting in the lobby, listening to some tunes, and trying to see what is going in the world today. Everyone is like asleep today, its kinda funny. Maybe I should be taking a quick power nap, I have had trouble staying awake for my first two classes. Considering I went to bed around three-ish typing a paper and reading. So yea… Anyways, the bloggers that went to Uganda are back and trying to get rested now so keep them in your prayers. Also, you could keep me in your prayers because I am still in search of a job that will help me through the rest of this semester. As for now, I’ll leave you with the latest of Bryan’s Daily Dilly Dallies.

 Song of the Day: I’m gonna go out on a limb here and tell you it’s the whole Danger Radio’s new EP album out. It’s sick if you want some groovy dance music. Lead singer Andrew De’ Torres is also the lead guitarist for his side band, The Scene Aesthetic. So go check both of these semi-small bands out and show em some support. Get the EP for Danger Radio now on iTunes for like four bucks or something.  

Favorite Person: The guitar guy that is always playing despite how bad he is sometimes. He plays everyday in the lobby trying out new riffs and stuff, and he is cool to talk to. I think he is in the guitar class they offer here, thank goodness. I wish I had signed up for that class, would have been fun. 

Food of the Day: I haven’t eaten today yet, but I’m rockin an Orange Dream Machine from Jamba Juice. Mmmmm…. Delicious. 

So yea, have a good day. Peace.  

  

 



Happy President’s Day
February 18, 2008, 2:21 pm
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Hope all your guy’s weekends are going great and your finding at least something fun to occupy yourself. Mine has been alright. Just slow. This is my first post after the Compassion post I had, and I strongly urge you to go over and look at it. If you cant afford it, find someone who can and share it with them. Please. Save a life.  

On another note, I have been reading blogs, a lot, and I came across one that I thought I might try and pick up. This will help me to at least have something up everyday, and decrease the amount of time I repeat myself. I’m going to call it Bryan’s Daily Dilly Dallies. It’ll go something like this:

 Song of the Day: “I’ve Just Seen a Face” – Jim Sturgess, Across the Universe soundtrack. I love the sound of Jim’s voice and the creative vocals and song writing he incorporates into his songs. Awesome.   

Favorite Person today: Today I’m going with Mr. Carlos Whittaker himself. He just is getting back from Uganda on the blogging mission’s trip he and fellow bloggers took. Go check him out. 

Food of the Day: Cinnamon Toasters. Off-brand Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Cheaper. More of it. And heck, its great for breakfast. 

 

So it will go something like that. If you can think of anything else, let me know and I can add it to the list. As for now, gotta clean up. Got company today. Peace.  



In Awe…. Again.
February 15, 2008, 3:55 pm
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You have probably heard it here before, Shaun Groves is my hero. I wish I could grow to be half the man this guy is. What he does with his life, his music, and the world. This guy is just awesome. This is one his most recent stories…

 Yesterday was so difficult to take in that a couple bloggers called it a day around noon and stayed in their rooms to process it all.  It was a day of despair and little hope. We nearly drowned in the statistics alone: 

50% of the population in the region we’re in is infected with HIV/AIDS.

66% of the country’s children have not received basic vaccinations.

10% of mothers give birth alone.

42% of births take place in a hospital.

78 out of 1000 children die before age five.

435 out of 1000 mothers die during or because of child birth.

30% of mothers pass HIV on to their babies.

 But today we saw nothing but hope.

I visited a young mother and father and their boy Moses at home.  Someone from the Compassion project meets with every family every month to make sureeveryone is being cared for economically, socially, academically, physically and spiritually and I got to tag along.  Goals were set: For instance, Moses’ mother pledged to serve her church by singing in the choir – a spiritual goal set.  Progress was demonstrated: Moses’ mother showed us a doll she made out of a plant, and a ball she made out of scrap material just the way the implentor had taught her last month – a parenting goal met.  That’s hope.

Mose’s mother believes he could be a doctor and make a difference in Uganda when he’s their age.  His father’s dream is simply that Moses would grow up and be a man with a job who obeys and loves God.  That’s hope.

We went to a project where mothers and fathers are learning trades that will end the cycle of poverty. I met a mother who figured out how to make a coffee substitute out of avocado seeds.  Compassion helped her discover the need for such a thing, develop the product, manufacture it in her home and bring it to market. Brilliant. I met a man who learned to garden and a woman who sews and launders clothes.  They won’t need Compassion’s help soon.  That’s hope.

I must have held twenty healthy happy preschool kids today.  Little girls in new dresses, braids in their hair, blinding smiles stretched across their dark faces, cups of porridge in their hands.  That’s hope.

Hope is everywhere here.  What Compassion and its sponsors do together is working!  Poverty is being beaten back.  And today more than ever I just don’t get why so many Christians in America, so many of you reading this blog, haven’t sponsored a child yet.  What are you waiting for?  Everyone can give up caffeine, or golf, or cable or McDonald’s to come up with $32 every month.  Everyone can see from Compassion International’s ratings from experts on non-profits that they can be trusted.  Everyone can imagine what it’s like to be a mother or father who can’t feed their child, can’t afford life-saving medicine, can’t clothe them.  Everyone.  I’m through softening the “ask.” I’ve seen too much this week and I’m too tired (It’s 2 AM) to be subtle.  There’s a need.  You can meet it.  It really is that simple. 

 

Shaun and a couple other big name bloggers from around the web have been selected to travel to Uganda to help show the world the real problem through blogging. Compassion International, again, which you have probably heard me talk about before, sent these bloggers to travel and visit towns and villages with HIV/AIDS infected children, children that have no homes, children whose families have died because of AIDS, children whose parents make less than a dollar a day all the while supporting the child and his or her six brothers and sisters. The problem is real. The photos are gut wrenching. The stories are convicting. And the one thing that makes me feel better, is these kids are getting shown the love of God and are able to eat, go to class and learn, have medical attention, and most important of all, learn of the good news of Jesus Christ. Go and read some of the blogs from the different bloggers. Carlos Whittaker and his wife Heather have awesome blogs and update more than once a day usually. Then there is Shaun Groves of course. Brian Seay and his wife are also good. Just go and click these links to read their blogs and get to know the stories and see the kids faces. Then, click here to help outSave a life. Spread the word. Make a difference. Can you spare not eating out every night for the next month? Save a life



Myspace Girl. Check It. Watch It. Love It.
February 14, 2008, 4:36 pm
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Go here. 

www.myspace.com/theafters

 

 

Peace.