This past Friday night I was at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland for the 2012 Justice Conference. There were thousands of people in attendance. Of course few of them were there to see me! But I am Ok with that because there were some incredible speakers presenting on many important topics affecting our world today. Today, I am going to re-cap a few of the ones I came across. (click the name of each organization for the weblink)
First- The Freedom Climb: This is a group of globalized women who want to raise awareness, provide prayers and support to victims of Human Trafficking around the world. They get together and climb mountains! One mission, one goal, many countries, and many contributors. Their efforts & activities have brought them to the Fox News channel, and they have many opportunities for you to climb with them!
Second- 58: End Worldwide Poverty: They have a vision to end poverty, and a time line for it, 2035. “It is an unprecedented, action-based, global alliance of Christians, churches and world-class poverty-fighting organizations working together to end extreme poverty in our lifetime by living the True Fast of Isaiah.” (taken from their Facebook site)
Third- The Mentoring Project: this is has been a need I have personally worked on in the past, and it continues to be dear to me today. I have met and listened to John Sowers, the groups leader, to have men come alongside this fatherless generation of boys in America - to have a man in their life who will speak truth, strength, and Christ. To be a friend, to listen. And to care.
Fourth- Blue Like Jazz the movie: the book by Donald Miller helped me see that just because I didn’t agree with “the church” in America, it didn’t mean I was against Christ or helping others.
Fifth- M25- H.O.P.E. Business Academy: this booth is where I had the wonderful opportunity to speak with people from all over the world about offering a helping hand to train those who have been homeless, addicted to chemical abuse, and those with criminal records. We discussed the loss of hope for many of these individuals, and how a change in our mindset can help them improve to become happy and productive for the remainder of their lives.
It was an amazing experience I hope to do again, and I hope many of you will get to as well.
Now its Your turn.
Get involved with the work of Christ.
Be His hands and feet to the “least of these”.