Hey everyone! So, if you’ve never heard of Be My Eyes, its an app that allows blind people to get live assistance from sighted people, and its really great. If you’re a sighted person who is looking for more ways to help the BVI community during these tumes, take a look at these apps.
BeSpecular: this app has a similar use as Be My Eyes, except instead of directly calling someone, you take a picture of your problen and send a voice or text message that any of the volunteers can respond to.
YouDescribe: This is kind of like the Audio Description version of YouTube. Once you make an account, you can add your voice as a seperate track to popular YouTube videos so that VIPs can access them.
VIPs, if you know of any more, please feel free to add them.
Summer is coming! Start a Victory Garden - you can do this in containers in an apartment or outdoors if you have space. Best case scenario: the COVID-19 outbreak is over by the time you’re ready to harvest, and you can donate your extra produce to a local food pantry.
If you’re not completely burnt-out from trying to move your classes online and potentially teaching seven-year-olds how to email, consider reaching out to your local Facebook/church/community group and offering free or reduced rate tutoring, IF YOU CAN AFFORD IT. This is going to be a trying time for our ND, special education, ADHD students and those with concussions especially.
Crafters and Makers
If you are a sewer, cosplayer, or have organizational skills and want to help make masks for hospitals that order them, GO HERE to join this project and this Slack group started by a very talented vfriend of mine. (NOTE: No, these masks are not up to N95 standards, but hospitals that are at capacity are ordering them anyway because something is better than nothing.)
#HackThePandemic: Have a 3D printer? An open source N95(?) mask (again - ALWAYS check with your local hospital/health care providers to see if they will actually take and/or use these. Some of these devices can actually be more dangerous if used or assembled incorrectly)
As a pre-medical student in need of meaningful volunteering opportunities, quarantine has definitely opened up some wonderful doors! I just started volunteering with a program where undergraduates get paired with older adults living in nursing homes. We call them once or twice a week and even start a project with them!! The lady I’m paired up with was super cute and talked about all her favorite seasons and how she’s going to celebrate her best friends birthday in the upcoming months! We’re even going to start working on a cookbook together 🥺🥺🥺
The local church is supposed to be a family, and the members the family must help each other to grow. But sometimes they can say the wrong thing at the wrong time and end up hurting others. I’ll break this down into three areas where sometimes someone who has good intentions, can really hurt someone:
1. They’re judging at the wrong time.
Verse 5 says not to judge anything too early because the Lord returns, but God is the one that will evaluate their lives and their ministries, so wait until then. Also, they can’t see into people’s hearts, so they cannot even being to judge their motives. Only God can do that. 1 Samuel 16:7 says, “People judge others by what they look like, but I judge people by what is in their hearts.”
The Corinthians here who were passing judgment on Paul were actually playing God and assuming to themselves the privileges that only God has. How many times have we done that, or seen that happen in ministry? It’s so easy to make the mistake and to misread a situation or to misjudge a person or their motives, so we really need to be careful here.
2. They’re judging by the wrong standard.
The Corinthians were measuring different people by their own personal preferences and biases. They were even comparing ministries with one another. However the only true basis for evaluation is the Bible - the Word of God. The Bible clearly reveals what kind of life and service is required of God’s people. We don’t need to come up with new standards or make up our own. This is exactly the problem Paul was discussing in 1 Corinthians 1 and 2 which is the wisdom of people versus the wisdom of God. Definitely read those chapters if you haven’t.
3. They’re judging with the wrong motive.
Each group in the church was tearing down other leaders and preachers in order to build up the ones they actually liked. Their motive wasn’t at all spiritual. They were promoting division within the church by being supportive of one person as opposed to the others. Almost like they were trying to make their own little club of cool kids within the church. They needed to examine their own hearts and get rid of the pride that was destroying the church.
God’s leaders and volunteers are stewards of His truth, and the key test is, “Have they been faithful to obey and to teach the Word of God?” not just faithful preaching, but faithful practicing as well.
It doesn’t matter how much you donate. It doesn’t matter how much you volunteer. It doesn’t matter how much you like, favorite, subscribe or forward. All that matters is that in times of injustice you take a personal interest in those injustices and push for justice on a personal level. That means public acknowledgement, a push for official public acknowledgement, exploring resolutions, support in some official capacity, and social support. Tossing coins and forwarding data isn’t so much support as it is an attempt to feel better, advance status and un-yolk oneself from more direct social duty. One of the most common and serious problems with the world are these systems of artificial and layered “support”, which are constructs set up to promote segmented responsibilities that advance egocentric interactions. As long as humanity attempts to move farther and father way from intimate responsibilities (which some do in order to elevate and foster social separation [from vulnerability] and superficial relationships), it will end up creating more systems of socio-legal sandtraps, walls and false solutions.
I’m seriously bummed about Jessica Cisneros losing to a prolife, conservative “Democrat” who Nancy Pelosi endorsed, but all things considered, y’all really didn’t do too bad in Texas yesterday. Be proud of that.
Don’t despair. It’s not over, and two-thirds of the country has yet to vote. It’s an uphill fight every step of the way, but we can do this.
Face to face contacts are the best, but they are more time intensive. (hint: don’t waste time arguing with people who are dead set against Bernie. Be polite, conserve energy, cut your losses, and move on to the next person)
Because I live in a warm climate, there is no shortage of surfers & retirement communities. I suggested to my surfer buds that we help our elderly communities by picking up their groceries. As we age, we become more susceptible to viruses. Btw, I’m not posting this to gain praise.
I’m hoping to inspire others to stop bitchin’ & start helping. Just a note, those who have diabetes, respiratory, autoimmune diseases, disabilities need help too. Kindness & humor are good antedotes.
Voluntary Social Year in Japan - Supporters Wanted
I’m searching for supporters for a non-profit organization offering
voluntary services all over the world. If you’re interested in spending a
year abroad, or want to learn more about the organization and their projects, please check out
the link here (or below) and reblog or share it with your friends, it would help a lot!
(If the site doesn’t display in English you can change the language at the bottom of the page.)
HI Guys! Sorry that I’m not here anymore, but I want to fix it!
Food is important thing in mi life. That’s big step in my ex-ED and important step at healthy lifestyle too. So I tried new thing- foodsharing. Yup, I’m volunteer at Wrocław. What is foodsharing? It’s all about not wasting food. There is 16 fridges at the town[still Wrocław ;) ] from which You can take food for free. And if you have food which is still good, but You already know that You can’t eat all of it, You can just leave in the fridge. Check if You have Foodsharing at Your country/town, I’m sure that You have! Here some o my photos from last events :).
Khairunnaas ‘anfauhum linnaas (Sebaik-baiknya manusia adalah yang paling bermanfaat bagi orang lain).
Sabtu kemarin Allah perkenankan kami mengunjungi langsung korban bencana Banjir dan Longsor di Kelurahan Sapayya, Kecamatan Bungayya, Kabupaten Gowa, Sulawesi Selatan.
Sebuah perjalanan dengan medan yang cukup ekstrim. Subhanallah. Melihat semangat dan ketegaran para warga mengajarkan saya yang sungguh receh suka mengeluh.
Seringkali memang kita harus merasakan dan melihat langsung bagaimana penderitaan dan kesedihan para korban bencana. Saya percaya mereka sangat kuat sehingga bencana itu tertimpa kepada mereka.
Sepanjang jalan dipenuhi dengan pemandangan alam yang masya allah dan jalanan yang terjal. Puluhan rumah hancur tak tersisa beserta beberapa penghuninya. Yang buat saya tertegun adalah longsor tersebut seakan memilah yang akan tertimpa. Ada rumah yang tetap utuh sedangkan samping kanan dan kirinya hancur. Sebuah pasar baru yang akan di resmikan hari kamis, qadarullah selasa bencana menimpa. Alhasil sisa puing seng yang masih baru terlihat secara nyata.
Warga sapayya sungguh kuat, masya allah. Mereka mampu bangkit dan kembali beraktivitas padahal keadaan belum sepenuhnya pulih.
Mendengar curhatan dan cerita pilu rasanya sesak dan tak sanggup membayangkan kiranya saya dan teman-teman berada di posisi mereka. Dari yang rumahnya hancur, kehilangan saudara, suami, istri, anak, keponakan, orang tua.
Di jalan pulang obrolan tak berakhir dengan teman-teman bahwa kita ini harus lebih banyak bersyukur, lebih banyak berbuat kebaikan lagi. Sungguh ajal dan bencana tak memilah kepada siapa.
Terima kasih para donatur yang mempercayakan donasinya kepada kami. Alhamdulillah telah tersalurkan.
Terima kasih guys “IYOIN Makassar” para wonder woman dan volunter. Mengenal kalian adalah salah satu episode terbaik yang tak henti berjuang menjadi baik ditengan kesibukan kalian yang luar biasa. Ahh kuterharu :)
Dulu saya pernah mendengar nasihat ini “soal kemanusiaan kita tak boleh diam, karena hidup tanpa berbagi adalah sebuah kesalahan”
Mount Rainier National Park would look nothing like it does
today without volunteers. There’s simply too much work for only National Park
Service staff to tackle alone. Only with partners and many volunteers, does all
this work get done.
And all this volunteer work gets done, because the park’s
volunteer coordinator puts together all the paperwork, and people, and groups.
When asked what is the important tool for this job, the volunteer
coordinator replied, “tools”.
We simply couldn’t get all the volunteer work done on
re-vegetation projects, trail rehabilitation, clean-ups, and other work without
hand tools. They’re what makes our volunteers successful.
Have you volunteered at Mount Rainier? What hand tools have you
used while volunteering? ~ams
NPS/K. Bacher Photo (top) Two volunteers work on a trail in
the Sunrise area with Mount Rainier in the background. September, 2016. NPS/Y.
Yogev Photo (middle). Smiling volunteer works on trail in the rain in the
Paradise area. September, 2018. NPS/K. Bacher (bottom). Family of volunteers stand
together while volunteering near Sunrise. September, 2016.
Volunteerism is all about efforts towards improving the life of others and leaving a place in a better condition than it was found. More than one billion people volunteer each year around the world, at home or abroad, including with the United Nations.
I’m not writing this to shame you, but to warn you as my dear children. For you may have countless instructors in Christ, but you don’t have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel. Therefore I urge you to imitate me. This is why I have sent Timothy to you. He is my dearly loved and faithful child in the Lord. He will remind you about my ways in Christ Jesus, just as I teach everywhere in every church. Now some are arrogant, as though I were not coming to you. But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills, and I will find out not the talk, but the power of those who are arrogant. For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. What do you want? Should I come to you with a rod, or in love and a spirit of gentleness?
1 Corinthians 4:14-21
Paul here is reminding the church of the important ministries he had performed on their behalf. He doesn’t explicitly call himself “father” but he’s putting emphasis on how a church leader is like a “spiritual father”. The Corinthians were Paul’s children in the faith, he started their church.
Whenever we share the gospel with someone and have the joy of leading them to faith in Jesus, we become a “spiritual parent” in their life. It doesn’t give us special authority over their faith, but it means that we have a special relationship that God can use to help them grow. The local church is supposed to be God’s family for helping the new Christians develop. When Paul pastored the church in Corinth, he set an example before them in love, devotion to Jesus, sacrifice and service. He was a good example because he was following the greatest example of all: Jesus Christ.
Paul was also very patient with Corinth’s disobedience, just like a parent would be with their child but he had warned them that the time for discipline has come. Similarly like a colt, a young horse, it needs to be broken in otherwise it’s dangerous and useless but once it is broken in, it learns to obey and it becomes gentle useful. Pride is a bad thing in the Christian life and in the church, and it sometimes takes something to break us in order to get rid of pride. Paul would have preferred to come to them with meekness and deal with their sins in a gentle way, but their own attitude made this difficult. They were all puffed up and proud of their disobedience. The Corinthians talked big but they couldn’t back up their talk with their walk. Their faith was only in words. Paul was prepared to back up his talk with power, with things that would reveal their sins and God’s holiness. There was sin in the church and Paul was ready to deal with it.
We’re looking for new members to join our team. There has been an update in jobs that need filling! If you think you are able to be active enough and would be a good fit to work behind the scenes, apply here!
Here are the current positions we are looking to fill! (Please keep in mind, as the academy does not receive financial funds, all positions are on a volunteer basis.)
Recordkeeper: Be knowledgeable with Google Sheets, Be able to help look over academy records and rosters and determine enrollment statuses over time.
Assistant: Be available to help a mentor or administrator with tasks they may need to be done for the academy or for their classes.
Study Buddies Organizer: Be available to help build and distribute the study buddies program. Should be knowledgeable on discord as well as with typeform.
Newsletter Member: Be knowledgeable on one of the following areas: Writing Articles, Formatting and Graphic Design, Editing