Original Post by: Christopher Vengala
Co-Founder: Youth With A Mission Asheville
Asheville is coming alive as the change of seasons has brought a dramatic warmth in the atmosphere. The green leaves with fresh life are emerging, bringing a sense of new beginnings. Music and creativity are in the air in downtown, artistic musicians busking on street corners with all the creativity unleashed from within, filling the air with the color of music. You can’t help but let your spirit leap.
The guitars, the dreads and the dogs are becoming a common view on the streets. Some call themselves Travelers and some call themselves Hippies. This group of people have a sense of community and a longing to belong just like any one of us. They are made in the same image of God that you and I are made in.
The Hippies are like any one of us, just with a different expression of the facade. They’re a little bit goth and a little rough around the edges. Rough but not harmful. Nothing that Jesus can’t handle.
The Hippies may seem to put off a vibe that is stand-offish and brash. But as you start the conversation and reach out to the person behind the mask, the facade fades away and you meet a person that is longing for authentic love, for someone to accept them for who they are and their culture and their way of life, for someone to put value on them as an individual. Continue reading HERE...
Original Post by: Sarah Furrow
Co-Founder: Give Hope 2 Kids
People often ask us why there are so many orphaned and abandoned kids in Honduras, so I'm writing a series of articles to answer that question. I write this from our 8 years of experience in working with students, abandoned kids, the Honduran social services, and many other non-profit organizations in Honduras. While we will keep our kid's histories private, these are the types of stories they could tell.
We live in the country of Honduras, where girls can be stolen.
In Spanish they use the verb robar, to rob or steal. Where we live, people use this word to describe a few different relational contexts.
1. Getting Married: If young people don’t have money for a wedding (meaning that they can’t afford to feed the whole village a nice meal), then they might choose to get “married” unofficially. This is how most of the previous generation got married. They would generally have their parent’s consent. The guy would come get the girl in the night sometime and then they’d be considered married. Continue reading HERE...