Carol and Willie Fowler of Atlanta planned to host a large wedding for their daughter, Tamara. But Tamara canceled the wedding with only 40 days to go, and the restaurant was reserved. So they had the feast anyway, and contacted Hosea Feed the Hungry & Homeless to invite 200 homeless people for the meal. And 200 people came to the four-course meal at a fancy restaurant with entertainment. Everyone had such a good time that the Fowlers plan to find sponsors and make it an annual event.
This is amazing:
Lauren Hammersley’s 2-year-old daughter Hazel was diagnosed in April with Stage 3 neuroblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer. One day, in the hospital, Hammersley taped a message to her daughter’s window: “SEND PIZZA RM 4112.”
The message went viral, when Redditor ashortstorylong posted a photo of Hazel’s hospital window sign on Reddit. The photo quickly shot to No. 1 on the homepage, where the story took a feel-good twist. Dozens of Redditors ordered pizzas for delivery to the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital, where Hazel is being treated.
“Hazel woke up from her nap to the smell of pizza and was so excited to chow down!” Lauren wrote on her blog. “Several other children and nurses came into the room, with music playing, and had themselves a wonderful Pizza Party. As of yesterday evening, there was more than 20 boxes delivered and more was coming!”
The flow of deliveries — more than 20 pizzas in total — overwhelmed the hospital staff.
“If you’re on Reddit and have seen the adorable photo below, please help Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and patient mom, Lauren Hammersley spread the word: You’ve made a little girl very happy but NO MORE PIZZA IS NEEDED,” hospital staff wrote on their blog.
The Hammersley family shared the pizzas with other families in the hospital, as well as with their team of doctors and nurses.
Former President George H. W. Bush shaved his head this week in support of a young boy named Patrick, the 2-year-old son of a member of Bush’s security detail suffering from leukemia. Other members of Bush’s Secret Service detail also shaved their heads in solidarity.
Bush and his wife Barbara lost their four-year-old daughter to leukemia 60 years ago
Gordon-Conwell’s Center for the Study of Global Christianity “calculates that Christians sent out approximately 400,000 international missionaries in 2010. And nearly half of the world’s top missionary-sending countries are now located in the global South” says Christianity Today.
The report puts numbers behind the dramatic rise in missionary sending from countries that many American Christians still associate only with mission destinations.
While the U.S. still does send the largest total number of missionaries, “127,000 in 2010 compared to the 34,000 sent by No. 2-ranked Brazil,” the prize for the largest percentage per million Christians in the population goes to a contender that many will find surprising:
This country’s vibrant population of Christians send 3,401 missionaries for every million Christians. Palestine’s followed by Ireland, Malta, and Samoa. (Interestingly, South Korea ranks No. 5 at 1,014 missionaries sent per million church members, a sign of the continued strength of its missions movement.
Your campaigning works – the government’s own advisors have today recognised that 700,000 children from poor working families aren’t allowed free school meals and cannot afford to pay for them. They say these children are sometimes going hungry and things should change.
The Government has still not promised to change things, but it has promised to ‘investigate’. Now is the time for us to put pressure on the government to make them listen to their own advisors and ensure that ALL children in poverty receive Free School Meals.
Email your MP now to ask them to speak up.
With changes to the benefits system coming in the autumn, the government has to make a decision soon. With the end of term approaching, parents will be starting to worry about how to pay for food when school starts again.
Now’s the time to speak up.
The Children’s Society
Josh Reeves writes a great post on how to engage with people in your workplace:
A few weeks ago I posted some very practical ideas for engaging your neighborhood with the Gospel. To follow that up I have compiled 30 ideas for engaging people in your workplace. The workplace is an everyday context where many people spend the majority of their time. It is important for us to know what it looks like to bring gospel intentionality to our jobs. Hopefully this will help spark a few ideas for connecting with and blessing your coworkers.
1. Instead of eating lunch alone, intentionally eat with other co-workers and learn their story.
2. Get to work early so you can spend some time praying for your co-workers and the day ahead.
3. Make it a daily priority to speak or write encouragement when someone does good work.
4. Bring extra snacks when you make your lunch to give away to others.
5. Bring breakfast (donuts, burritos, cereal, etc.) once a month for everyone in your department.
6. Organize a running/walking group in the before or after work.
7. Have your missional community/small group bring lunch to your workplace once a month.
8. Create a regular time to invite coworkers over or out for drinks.
9. Make a list of your co-workers birthdays and find a way to bless everyone on their birthday.
10. Organize and throw office parties as appropriate to your job.
11. Make every effort to avoid gossip in the office. Be a voice of thanksgiving not complaining.