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Each One, Teach One

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Worldwide, adult literacy can greatly contribute to a lower quality of life. That’s why organizations like ProLiteracy exist.

Laubach Literacy International began in 1930, when Dr. Frank C. Laubach was a missionary among the Maranao people of the Philippines. His concern about their poor living conditions led him to conclude that the ability to read and write was essential for them to begin to solve their problems. As the Maranaos learned to read, they would, in turn, teach other adults on a one-to-one basis that became known as “Each One, Teach One.” From 1935 to 1967, Dr. Laubach visited 105 countries answering calls for literacy help and created reading lessons in 315 languages.

In 2002, Laubach Literacy International merged with another of the world’s oldest and largest adult literacy organizations, Literacy Volunteers of America, to create ProLiteracy. Learn more about ProLiteracy and how you can contribute at https://www.proliteracy.org/About-Us/Mission-History!

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Before the Cross

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O My Father, if it is possible,
let this cup pass from Me;
nevertheless, not as I will,
but as You will.

Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, saying,

O My Father, if this cup
cannot pass away from Me
unless I drink it,
Your will be done.

Matthew 26:39-42, Jesus’ Prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane

This post is an excerpt from Prayers for Hard Times by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

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Prayer for Any Time

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O God, may I find and praise your goodness
dwelling within every human being.
May I be a living sign of your generous love,
and help everyone to live more intimately with you.
May we respect the evolving nature of all creation,

and grow to our fullness of life with you.
Guide our search into our entire human nature,

and into all creation, to know what you want us to do.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church, UK

This post is an excerpt from Prayers for Hard Times by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

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Morning Prayer

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O Infinite God of life, goodness, and generous
love, I dedicate my heart, my life, to you.
Help me to cherish all human life,
and do the good you want me to do.
Make me a loving example of your generous love,
and a blessing to everyone I see.
May your goodness be fully in us,

and in all that we think and say and do.

St. Francis of Assisi

This post is an excerpt from Prayers for Hard Times by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

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Seek and Ye Shall Find

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Ask, and it shall be given you;
Seek, and you shall find;
Knock, and it shall be opened to you.
For whoever asks, receives;
And he who seeks, finds;
And to him who knocks, the door is opened.

Matthew 7:7, The Words of Christ

 This post is an excerpt from Prayers for Hard Times by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

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Spreading Kindness

Derived from the Lower Haight Holler Blog

Kindness

We all live in a world where there is sadness around every corner. Everyday, people get hurt, robbed, to things that most people don’t want to talk about. However, if we spread a little kindness, the sadness that rules this world will start to disappear.

The Random Acts of Kindness campaign is a way to make the world a better place. By doing a good deed to someone in need, not only do you make that person’s day better, but you also make yourself feel good in the process. If you do a good deed and someone sees it, that person might do a good deed in retrospect. This could lead to kindness spreading all over the country and it all stems from one person doing it: you.

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Healthy Food for Everyone

Everybody deserves to eat healthy and happily!

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There are 3 necessities that every human has rights to: food, water, and shelter. However, not everyone is fortunate enough to have access to these necessities.

But, YOU, can make a difference by making a donation to www.wholesomewave.org. This is an organization that provide food and nourishment to disadvantaged neighborhoods. Please go donate and make a difference for your neighbor, your community, and your planet.

 

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Blankets Full of Love

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Did anyone else love Linus from the Peanuts? I know I couldn’t help but relate to his love for his blanket–I kept my own baby blanket around for years!

I recently discovered a wonderful organization, called Project Linus, that creates and donates hand-made blankets to sick kids in need of some love.

My mom and aunts are amazing quilters and can seemingly take anything and make a gorgeous, collectible quilt from it. But even if you, like me, lack that “quilting gene,” you can blanket the world with your love and good intentions by collecting them for donation.  I put out a call and got a ton of nice comforters to donate to Project Linus and several of my friends and family members were overjoyed to contribute!

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We Are All the Children of God

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Blessed are the poor in spirit: 
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they that mourn: 
for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek: 
for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: 
for they shall be filled.

Blessed are the merciful: 
for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart: 
for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers:

for they will be called the children of God.

The Beatitudes, Matthew 5:3-9

This post is an excerpt from Prayers for Hard Times by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

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We Can All Be Forest Conservationists!

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I’m not sure why, but I always assumed acid rain didn’t happen anymore. Like it was just something we talked about in the past tense. Then I went to visit some family in a highly forested area, and instead of seeing everything covered in green, I noticed several large spots of brown.

Did you know that there is an organization working to combat the effects of things like acid rain? Basically they’re working to conserve forests–and that includes urban forests! And we can help too, just by planting a tree or two in our yard, or maybe putting a few plants on our balcony. There are even some plants that can help clean out the air indoors!

Find more information about American Forests, the organization mentioned above, at https://www.americanforests.org/