God, my Old Friend: A Lectionary Reflection on Deuteronomy 34:1-12
By Allan Bevere
It was G.K. Chesterton who said, "The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people."
A humorous and certainly exaggerated line to be sure, yet is ...
Playing the Game
By Elbert LaGrew
Hebrews 13:5-65 Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,” 6 so that we confidently say,“The Lord is my helper, I ...
By Arlene Wallis
I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: "Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?" Then I said, "Here am I! Send me." —Isaiah 6:8
Matthew 22:14 (KJV)For many are called, but few are chosen.
Many people in the workforce today are active in jobs that ...
Where is Jesus in a Suicide?
by Jody Nuefeld
I do not presume to know the hearts of people who are navigating a journey of grief after the death of a loved one who chose suicide. But I know several people who are walking this path and I have spent time reading and ...
Sunday Collectives 10/20/14 – 10/26/14
Kevin Cross Redeeming a Squandered Life 720p
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10 COMMANDMENTS OF CHRISTIAN FINANCE
“As base a thing as money often is, yet it can be transmuted into everlasting treasure. It can be converted into ...
What is "Grace"? Can "Grace" be defined? What does it mean to be saved or what does the word salvation mean? Just but a few of the many questions answered in this one-of-a-kind book fromWorld Prayr, "Walking in God's Grace....Practical Answers to Tough Questions"
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YOUR BRAIN IS A JERK OR: HOW AND WHY TO USE THE CASH SYSTEM
If simplicity is the ultimate sophistication, the cash system (a.k.a. the envelope system) is a gentleman in a top hat ready to take your coat. You’ve undoubtedly heard of it (if you haven’t, scooch over and make some ...
Service-Learning is a way of learning how to serve others. What makes it different from other kinds of learning is that in SL we learn while serving. The SL works with interns as well as the local community; often people in need. Service-Learning in the community wants to give hope to the hopeless. The only way of doing this is to change challenges into opportunities.
SL in the community of Beni has some projects which fight against poverty, as it is a case for goats’ project. This project consisted of distributing goats to five deferent associations operating in Beni town and neighboring villages: Cantine, Kabasha, and Oicha. The project was financed by a church, Upper Room, in Minnesota (USA). It targeted vulnerable women. They chose women because in Africa, especially in Congo, women are the main providers in their families.
The goats’ project is very strategic. It combines breeding and agriculture. These women learned new skills at seminar during the launch of the project. They use goats’ manure for fertilizer in their gardens. They have gardens where they plant: leek, eggplant, soy beans, and other vegetables. Some women are subsistence farmers, while others farm and sell their produce as a small business. For example, the women from the group in Oicha (30 km away from Beni), earned $100 after selling eggplant crop.
What the women like the most about this project is that several women will benefit from it. In fact, the goat project started by giving five to ten goats to a group (depending on the number of women in the group). The first recipient raises a goat until it births a kid. The kid is given to another woman then the first recipient holds ownership of the goat. Though, some groups are impatient to give each member of their association a goat. However, some groups are feeling impatient. For each woman to receive her goat will take a long period of time.
The group from kabasha (14 km away from Beni town) decided to buy two more goats. Each member contributed a small amount of money to purchase the goats. This helped multiply their efforts. However, these women still need to work hard to make their dreams come true. Each member is eagerly waiting for a goat and do not know the precise date they will get it. A few goats died of unknown diseases; therefore, they think that they still need to learn more about raising goats.
Even so Service-Learning is still looking forward to finding clear connection to this project.