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Philip’s Question

by on Jul.14, 2010, under Interesting

A friend of mine, Randy Warren recently produced this video after his first trip to Africa. Randy worked as a producer / director for Willow Creek Community Church for thirteen years. About a year ago he moved to Nuru International.

This is an inspiring look at a timeless question: Why are we so poor ?

Randy provided me with this information about Nuru:

“Nuru International seeks to end extreme poverty in remote rural areas through empowerment in impoverished nations and awareness in the developed world.
We are a holistic, integrated development model that empowers communities to lift themselves out of extreme poverty within five years, and then we exit – leaving behind a completely self-sustaining model that is continuing to scale on its own to empower neighboring communities, districts, and eventually the entire country.

Nuru was founded by former US Marine Jake Harriman. Jake got his MBA from Stanford GSB and researched the past 50 years of humanitarian orgs. A Swahili Professor at Stanford introduced Jake to his brother, Philip Mohochi, who had just recently returned to the community where they grew up. And now Philip is the Chairman of Nuru International – Kenya. He grew up in extreme poverty in Kuria, Kenya, and now leads all of Nuru’s Kenyan staff as they partner together to lift their community out of extreme poverty forever. To learn the answer to Philip’s question, watch this video, produced by in-house Nuru Media Staff.”

Here is a direct link to Nuru.

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Created in His image…

by on Jul.13, 2010, under Gene, On my mind, Spiritual

A mountain man in India. This man has only heard the name of Jesus in his village for the first time just recently.

This word is for him and for me, for we were all created in His image…

Luke 10:27 “Love the lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength.”

Heart: From the deepest place of truth expressed in the inner part of man.. resulting in care of the richest kind with the purest emotion.

Mind: The place of intellect, wisdom and understanding. The place that hungers to learn more about who God is and what He has done and what He has planned. Where we ponder His mighty deeds, the creation and wonder at His beauty, innocence and holiness.

Soul: The sum of your eternal self. The part of you thats hardest to understand because it’s not your flesh, but the image of God in you. The part of you that knows you were made for more than this world has shown you. The part that lies awake in the middle of the night and prays to the Father for all of life to be restored to what it was meant to be in the garden. The part that longs to walk with Him in the cool of the day.

Strength: The hands of action and movement. Putting love into motion.. for the things that God loves, His children. To love Him with all your strength is to let His love move you. It’s to lift the burdens.. and move the obstacles out of way for you and others.

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