Taking Part in the #WomensLives Campaign!

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You may have been noticing a lot of social media posts from me with the hashtag #womenslives. I am pleased to be taking part in the #WomensLives media initiative by Public Radio International (PRI) and SheKnows media, the parent company of BlogHer. For years, I have enjoyed listening to The World and other programs produced by PRI, and I have found a great blogging community at BlogHer.

Beginning this month, the #womenslives campaign will highlight issues that affect women, including health, education, domestic violence and climate change. This initiative resonates with me in a personal way: about ten years ago, my mother and I lived in — and eventually worked at — a shelter for women and children. I found the closest friendships of my life at this shelter, and experienced the value of listening to women’s stories. I saw and experienced the economic, social and personal toll of poverty, inequality and domestic violence — but I also witnessed over and over again the strength and courage of women.

You can participate in this media initiative in several ways. You can share stories from PRI with the #womenslives hashtag on social media, for example. Why not write a blog post of your own and add your voice? It’s a wonderful opportunity to share your story in a powerful international media campaign. Bloggers who are participating in the campaign have added this badge to their blog:

#womenslives

 

Stay tuned for more posts from this blog, and keep an eye out for posts and discussions on Twitter, Facebook and other social media. See you there!

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Compassion International Bloggers in Nicaragua

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This week, a group of bloggers is touring Nicaragua with Compassion International, the Christian child advocacy ministry. I’d like to invite you to follow these bloggers and witness hope in action.

One member of the Nicaragua tour is Kelly, who runs the  blog Faithful Provisions. She had the privilege of meeting seven-year-old Marcos, the child whom she sponsors through Compassion International. Marcos and his grandmother welcomed Kelly into their home and told her how much her sponsorship has helped him go to school and eat nutritious meals. Like many other sponsored children, Marcos now has plans and hope for his future.

Kelly’s story reminded me of a verse I read on the wall of the kitchen at a women’s shelter where I lived five years ago:

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

Whether you are a homeless person in the United States or a child living in poverty in Central America, people often do not want to look you in the eye. It’s too real.

Compassionate acts really do make a difference! As the organization states in its mission statement, Compassion International works to release children from all types of poverty: spiritual, social, economic and physical. There are many ways to get involved, including sponsoring a child or following and sharing the Compassion Blog Tour.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Matthew 5:6 (NIV)