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.
Do not ask your children
to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
but it is a way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder
and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting
tomatoes, apples, and pears.
Show them how to cry
when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure
in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself.
William C. Martin
The Parent’s Tao Te Ching
Hat tip: James Padilla-DeBorst
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