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Will you make a difference in someones life?

Popularity 5Viewed 5488 times 2013-8-5 02:32 |System category:Life| difference, making, and, giving

Many of us go about our daily lives not giving much thought to others around us and even less to those more distant. We concern ourselves with our own life events. Will I have a good day at work, at school? What should I pack for my lunch box today? Should I buy that new pair of Nike shoes I like? 

We see others around us all day long. On the street, at work, at the market and never even ask ourselves what their lives are like. How many times do we walk or drive past a homeless person only to avert our eyes so as not draw their attention to us lest they reach out a hand asking for help we inexplicably do not want to give? Maybe we are thinking to ourselves why does that person not go find a job? Why do you stand there and beg every day? We ask ourselves those questions and maybe even pass judgement upon them when we do not even know their story! Maybe we even pass judgement on the person we see give them some money or food. Is it to justify our own failure to act? The entire moment passes in just a few seconds and we go on about our day not giving it another thought.

We continue our day doing the things we do waiting for it to end so we can go home and watch television or interact with others on social media. How many of those social media friends have we never actually known outside of our little electronic world? We share the stories of our lives with each other. Maybe we even share more than we do with our own families, coworkers or classmates if a student. We offer support when they need it. Advice when it's asked for and sometimes even some form of actual assistance! All to someone on the other side of a keyboard or touch screen we may never meet in person. What of that homeless person we saw? 

Maybe we read a story about poor villagers in some distant place or about children that do not have enough to eat. Maybe it's a story about children without the ability to even attend school. We think to ourselves, oh that is terrible why doesn't someone do something? Maybe just, just maybe we lift our little fingers and share that story among our friends feeling satisfied that we somehow did our part! That we made a difference! Did we?

Oh sure we do little things here and there! We put our change in the little donation can on the store or restaurants counter by the register. We buy that candy bar or box of cookies because it says a portion of the proceeds go to support a cause. We give a little to the person that knocks on our door with a can and a cause. They thank us and give us some literature to read and we close the door. Did we give them something because we genuinely felt for their cause or just so they would go away and we could get back to our lives? Did we even listen to what they said? Did we read the literature they gave us or just set on the table for a few days before we tossed it unread into the recycle bin? If someone asked us after we closed door "what was that for?" would we be able to answer them without glancing at the literature?

No one gets through life on their own. Everyone had help. We had parents, teachers, friends. Maybe even an occasional stranger. Someone was always there even if we didn't recognize it at the time. Now it is our turn to pay it forward. If we have the ability to help someone we should just do it. Find a cause you care about and get involved. It does not matter what it is. Just make sure it's something you care about and can make your own. You can't help everyone, but that does not matter. Just do what you can, but please do something. 

Now I would like to share with you what I am doing. I hope you won't mind, but in this way I can show that I am not just a talker, but a doer as well

I wanted to bring your attention to a non-profit organization that is working hard to improve the lives of students in the Guangxi Province, China. These are students from Primary through high school that without help might not be able to afford to attend school. They also help to provide clean water systems, medical care and more. 

This is an independent U.S based organization that relies on donations, sponsors and volunteers. They match sponsors with students of all ages and encourage ongoing contact. It is very inexpensive to sponsor a student. You can sponsor a student for an entire semester for less than the cost of a new pair of Nike shoes or a family dinner out. Please take the time to visit and like their page. Learn what they are all about. Ask questions if you need to and help out if you can. Every child deserves a chance at an education. Please at least share their page and help spread the word so that others can become involved. You can be a part of helping a future generation Contact to support a child. You can also visit the website to learn more about this awesome organization and what they do.

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Reply Report robert237 2013-8-5 11:28
""We are not a church or an evangelistic organization. We seek to help any poor students regardless of their belief system.
We are a faith-based Christian charity that believes that God’s hand blesses us all.""
Was on your website. I've never met a Christian yet who does not try to spread their beliefs. Especially those distributing
contributions begged from others.
Saying you are not out to evangelize does not ring true.
Reply Report craig32935 2013-8-5 14:56
robert237: ""We are not a church or an evangelistic organization. We seek to help any poor students regardless of their belief system.
We are a faith-b ...
The person that created the charity was an ESL teacher in China that saw a need and decided to do something about it. Her faith may be Christian and she helps others because that is her faith, but the charity is not part of any religious group or organization. I myself am not what one would call a religious  person, but choose to help this charity out because they are doing good work and our goals are in sync. My wife and I want to help these children and this Charity provides a means for us to do that. Please feel free to contact her directly if you feel I have not addressed your concerns.
Reply Report robert237 2013-8-6 08:44
""The person that created the charity was an ESL teacher in China that saw a need and decided to do something about it.""
That's your story. I believe the only intent is to evangelize. This charity isn't saving any lives but is trying to destroy minds
by infecting young, innocents with the horrid religion of Christianity. Once they become Christian zombies they might as
well be dead.
Reply Report craig32935 2013-8-6 16:27
robert237: ""The person that created the charity was an ESL teacher in China that saw a need and decided to do something about it.""
That's y ...
It's not a story, but you are free to believe what you want. It's not about saving lives. It's about making sure children have a chance at an education and a better future. I think they are doing a good thing and making a difference. I just want to help them out. My wife and I also plan to sponsor two Primary school students. We could have just left it that, but we wanted to do more. I think making people aware is a good way to do that and that is why I am helping to promote them. I am sorry if you have had bad experiences that have left you with a negative perception of charitable organizations. This charity does not have an agenda. It is not out to convert anyone. I know nothing I say can convince you because you have already made up your mind. As I said in my previous reply. You can always contact the person directly if I have not addressed your concerns. I am after all not a founder of the charity. I am just a supporter of there cause.

I do want to ask though. What charity, organization or cause do you currently support and what is their mission statement? You don't have to go into detail if you do not have time. A link to their website is sufficient.
Reply Report listen-li 2013-8-6 22:48,you are not supposed to ask everyone to give a hand to others.why you ask everyone to do the same of you? if someone just want to live his life and not  giving much thought to others as you do then he is not a good man? what the hell you are talking about? you have warm heart and kept helping is what you think you are different from others? you are toatlly wrong..i have a big doubt about if you are sure why you are doing what you have done..
Reply Report voice_cd 2013-8-7 10:24
This has been recommended to the front page. Thanks for writing.
Reply Report craig32935 2013-8-11 00:59
This is the Ling Wang School.

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