vol. 8, num. 20 :: 2009.10.16 — 2009.10.29
Every year in the U.S. and around the world, millions of people volunteer, adding up to billions of dollars’ worth of time. Service creates a form of exchange not based on monetary profit, but on other benefits for individuals and communities. So how do we choose where and when to volunteer?
A collection of thoughts gathered during time spent in Africa.
Why I volunteer -- and create opportunities for others to do the same.
A recent graduate explores the benefits of full-time volunteering through Mennonite Voluntary Service.
On learning to see God's love in action, not ours.
Your opportunity to contribute thoughts about volunteering -- why you love it, why you hate it.
Americans spend millions of dollars each year on short-term mission trips to developing countries. Do these trips do more harm than good?
A resigned nurse learns to be still and value a new kind of productivity.
A freelance development worker reports on the state of Africa and his own sense of hope.
One of many opportunities to spend a year in service—check it out.
A creative glass-half-full idea in response to getting laid off.
So do you want to make culture? Find a community, a small group who can lovingly fuel your dreams and puncture your illusions. Find friends and form a family who are willing to see grace at work in one another’s lives, who can discern together which gifts and which crosses each has been called to bear. Find people who have a holy respect for power and a holy willingness to spend their power alongside the powerless. Find some partners in the wild and wonderful world beyond church doors. And then, together, make something of the world.
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