Making a difference

A group from church have just come back from rural South Africa where they have been helping an organisation called Ten Thousand Homes build accommodation for those without homes, and generally encouraging, loving and coming alongside people living in extreme poverty. It certainly appears to have been an amazing and life-changing trip. It reminded me of one on my own mission experiences from the late 90’s to Albania. When one returns home, it’s a difficult adjustment.

So, despite all the absolute horror going on in the world, which fills our TV screens and media feeds, we can draw encouragement from the fact that somewhere, there are beautiful people doing beautiful things for other beautiful people. The latter may not look beautiful on the outside, but they are in fact, hidden treasures. It’s a privilege to know and be friends with many of the folks who have just returned home, and I pray that seeing and hearing what they have been involved in will only spur me on to be someone who makes a positive difference in the lives of others.

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evanmarien:

Tuesday shed…workin on a new line up high on the neck.
#bass #bassists #bassguitar #bushwick #brooklyn

Evan is always an inspiration.

Myself and Tim rehearsing for the second part of the album tour with Louise Petit.

Myself and Tim rehearsing for the second part of the album tour with Louise Petit.

The Funfair is back in Buffery Park. A bigger one this year.

The Funfair is back in Buffery Park. A bigger one this year.

wired:

The Arthur Kill ship graveyard was never meant to become such a decrepit spectacle. In the years following World War II, the adjacent scrapyard began to purchase scores of outdated vessels, with the intention of harvesting them for anything of value. But the shipbreakers couldn’t keep pace with the influx of boats, especially once people started to use the graveyard as a dumping ground for their old dinghies. Plenty of ships fell into such disrepair that they were no longer worth the effort to strip, especially since many teem with toxic substances. And so they’ve been left to rot in the murky tidal strait that divides Staten Island from New Jersey, where they’ve turned scarlet with rust and now host entire ecosystems of hardy aquatic creatures.

MORE: The Secret NYC Graveyard Where Ships Go to Die

(Source: Wired)

shihlun:

R.I.P. Charlie Haden (1937-2014)
Charlie Haden, Village Gate, NYC 1970.
Photo by Lee Santa

shihlun:

R.I.P. Charlie Haden (1937-2014)

Charlie Haden, Village Gate, NYC 1970.

Photo by Lee Santa