Without Love there is no Generosity

“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:

Dear World Stop Giving Our Crap to the Poor 

This article highlights two facts:

* We should care for other countries’ Industry and Development.

and

* 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.

World Habitat Day – Numbers and Stories of a Global Problem

Tijuana-view

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

 

 

My Transformation Story (Disrupted)

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.

Thank you.

Tomorrow, the Lion Chase #5k and #virtualrun for Casa de Amor

Lion Chase 5KWe’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

What are you really about?

Your time is limited

See, because part of my job is to spend ridiculous amounts of time in social media I notice the noise more than usual.

The noise is what we are all saying. The shouting. Everyone in his or her corner saying, “this is what I am about!” Whether be an organization, a brand, a church or an individual, everyone wants to communicate to a watching world this (whatever “this” might be) is important and you have to hear me.

For the most part, I’m part of that noise as well (perhaps even louder than most because I’m a professional noise maker), and like everyone else I too believe that my noise is worthy to be heard.

But that noise we are all doing can’t just stay in social media. I believe it needs to lead into actions. It means we need to observe and see what it’s our role.

Are we helping a cause by raising awareness, or are we just making everyone numb about things that should matter by creating static with all our noise? Is there another point of view? Do I have the authority on the subject? What are my blind spots?

And then, evaluate our intentions. Are our offline actions reflect what we say it’s important online or are we using the megaphone of Social Media to get some attention to ourselves or to excuse us from doing something concrete on support of which we believe?

I’m not talking about hypocrisy or giving up social media to have a “real” life, or trying to vilify the merits of social media… there is a lot of noise on the subject already too.

What I mean is that it is time to begin listening. We can’t keep screaming from our corner without joining conversations (not beginning arguments). The potential for the sharing of ideas and coming up with solutions is really limitless.

It means that we need to look at ourselves and see if what we are doing or saying really reflects our interests or if we are only following trends because the News, and the noise of social media is telling us to keep shouting the same thing as if something changes because WE ALL care  OH SO MUCH!

We need clarity. We need to know what we are about. And then, we need to act on it.

According to my news feed on Facebook this is what is trending… But it doesn’t mean that’s the only thing I should care about. Are you with me?

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