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  • We can live as 'ordinary radicals'

    Posted by Matt

    8 December, 2011

    Every one of us has a choice each day when we wake up. The option most commonly taken, often unconsciously, is to continue with the status quo, grinding it out in the way our family friends and colleagues expect us to. Work hard, sleep, enjoy the weekend, press stop and then repeat. Now don’t get me wrong: there’s nothing wrong with hard work, routine and the kind of steadiness that provides for a family. But do you ever get the feeling you were made for more than going through the motions on autopilot? Like there’s a layer missing from your life? There IS another way: the way of the ordinary radical. Ordinary radicals surround us every day, even if we don’t realise it. They tend to go under the radar and that’s the way they like it! But ordinary radicals seize each day as an opportunity to—as Mother Teresa best puts it—“Do small things with great love.” Their actions don’t necessarily involve huge amounts of money, time, resources or energy. They still work full time jobs, raise kids and pay taxes.… read more

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  • Keeping the poor in their place

    Posted by Nils

    5 December, 2011

    India is a land like no other; both ancient and modern, with depths of poverty alongside the most extreme of riches. I recently returned from this fascinating nation where I was fortunate enough to see some of the work that World Vision is doing with street children and injecting drug users. My experience of this land of contrasts had a profound impact on me, particularly on my thoughts about the Gospel and poverty. The place where we were staying was in a satellite city about 20km outside of New Delhi, and driving into New Delhi itself required everyone to go through toll gates. Because of the nature of traffic in India, all the cars approaching the toll gates very quickly formed into a bottle-neck. And while we were sitting there in the car, beggars came up and knocked on the windows asking for anything to improve their meagre daily existence. Most of the beggars seemed to be women who were holding young babies. We were told later that some women “rent” babies in order to gain more sympathy. At the toll gates, many people ignore them and avoid… read more

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  • Celebrating International Day of People with Disabilities

    Posted by Stevie

    2 December, 2011

    The way I see it, living with cerebral palsy has given me opportunities to rise to the challenges I face. Living in Australia, I have a walking frame, wheelchair, and an aide called a ‘keyguard’, which assists my typing. Provided with assistance, I was able to go through primary and secondary mainstream schools. Growing up I had physio, speech and occupational therapy, all of which helped me to develop my physical abilities. My immediate and extended family are extremely supportive, encouraging me to do all that I can for myself, and assisting me when needed. I have developed my writing, public speaking and pastoral skills, studied a Diploma in Counselling Studies and enjoy dear friendships – everything I need to lead a rich and fulfilling life. I have been given opportunities and empowerment to be all that I can be... All that I was born to be. But if I had been born into poverty, my life would have been very different. Without a walking frame, or wheelchair, I would crawl along the ground. As a small child, I would have been reliant on my… read more

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  • Who are the 'Joneses'?

    Posted by Micah Challenge

    29 November, 2011

    Like so many of our friends and neighbours, we sometimes find ourselves comparing our lives to those of others. And most often, we look at those who make more and have more than we do. As the old adage says, we look to “the Joneses.” But who are the Joneses really? Consider this: If you make $43,500 a year, you’re in the top 12% of earners in the world.That’s right. The world. So maybe we should turn this whole Jones thing around. 88% of the world is comparing itself to you … and me. WE are “the Joneses” to 88% of people on this planet. And yet, where do we most often look for comparison? The other 11%! I’m not saying we should compare at all. We shouldn’t. Life is about much more than material things. But, just for a moment, let’s entertain this thought of keeping up with the proverbial family. •If you make more than $2 a day, you are the Joneses to 1.2 billion people. •If you have a warm bed to sleep in at night, you are the Joneses to the billions who are sleeping on cold,… read more

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