My family is taking part on Amor’s Advent daily devotional to prepare for Christmas.
The first disruption for 24 Days of Disrupt was to “Create your Family Mission Statement.”
It was weird at first, but after watching the videos on the blog, it became a lot less intimidating.
We used the family rules poster we have for ideas; lingo from the 7 habits that Mia has been learning at school, and took turns answering questions about what is important for us. We put it all together in a beautiful sentence that little D created.
We also added and defined some values that are important for us.
“We will serve God through life’s journey with humor, compassion, love and respect for one another.”
Respect: Listening, seeking to understand, caring and serving one another.
Humor: Laugh at ourselves, see life with optimism add jokes and fun.
Compassion: Think of others and reach to those who are hurting.
Adventure: Seek experiences, try new things and don’t be afraid to fail.
Affection: Kind words, hugs, snuggles, and besos.
Family: Time together.
We hope this will continue helping us create a family culture that will help us guide us in the same direction during the holidays and on years to come.
“Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.”- Proverbs 19:17
Generosity it’s about giving out of love, not out to mitigate guilt. When we love we give abundantly, when we feel guilty we make excuses.
This article of why we need to stop giving to the poor our leftovers does an excellent job explaining how and why we should give:
This article highlights two facts:
* We should care for other countries’ Industry and Development.
* The excess of junk we accumulate and feel the need to dump to the poor should remind us how much we are spending on ourselves. If we limit consumerism we’ll find out how much more we have to give.
So much easier said than done.
Our culture is designed to makes us feel like we are the ones lacking and must fill that void (With one more latte, a nicer car, a new nail polish, brand name clothing, a diet pill, a nicer gym, a bigger house, a better vacation, the latest gadget, the next best seller, etc.) effectively letting us forget that indeed we are wealthy beyond belief.
If love permeate everything we do, it will flow out of ourselves and make us truly generous. It is a journey.
Tijuana-view (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
While numbers help us understand problems, most of us can’t really grasp the staggering statistics on slum housing — defined “as lack of durable housing of a permanent nature that protects against extreme climate conditions and sufficient living space, meaning not more than three people sharing the same room. “
To explain those statistics in a way we can wrap our heads around it, Nick Rawson, Amor’s lead data analyst (a.k.a. numbers genius) does a great job here .
Visiting the slums of Tijuana in weekly basis and talking with the families we build homes with has made it more and more obvious that the problem is multifaceted, but the one thing that has in common with the problem of housing around the world is that Tijuana is a refugee city.
Like other refugee cities around the world, the vast majority of residents come from other states in Mexico escaping poverty, violence, and famine. In recent years the population has grown even at a faster speed due to deportation due to immigration policies implemented by the current administration in United States. These families are trying desperately to make a life in this city and while development isn’t catching up to meet their needs, they are here to stay because going back is not an option.
Amor Ministries partnered with the local church to reach those in need. One house at a time a life of a family is transformed. And while we don’t have all the answers we won’t sit down while we can build hope. #comebuildhope
A month ago Matt Nelson reached out about doing an interview for my Newbreak. Although I’ve shared in the past the details that brought me to Amor here, this video shows what I do on a day-to-day basis. Apparently to some it was a surprise that I drive a big truck on regular basis… I guess they missed this post, which I probably should re-title to the time that I almost nearly died twice… not really ;). An update on that: I’m a fantastic driver (I can back up almost of any situation), maybe I’ll learn to drive the trailer.
If you want to support the work we do at Amor please consider becoming a prayer or financial partner. Visit http://www.amor.org/give/staff input Fabiola Johnson, and/or donate to the pool staff to keep our team strong.
We’ve been working really hard for Amor’s third annual 5k race. I can’t wait. I’m so excited for it. It will be also the first time we do a #virtualrace so of course I’ll be really busy this weekend. Taking, sharing and curating pictures from all social media outlets. We hope that with each year, we get more people behind both the Lion Chase event here in San Diego, and all over the world virtually.
In the meantime, thank you for your support, prayers and Come. Run. Hope. www.amor.org/lc2014