When Bonnie’s husband progressed from stage 3 to stage 5 and needed a kidney transplant, it was overwhelming until ten people stepped forward to be tested as a match. Their son was the closest match and he donated a kidney to his dad on May 23, 2008. As Bonnie met more and more people with Chronic Kidney Disease who had no kidney donors, she knew she had to act. Because of her passionate volunteer efforts for education, identifying risk factors and early education, Bonnie was honored as a recipient of the 2015 Friend of the National Kidney Foundation.
Yes, the message here is “your kidneys are important.” Know the risks of diabetes, high blood pressure and medications that can damage your kidneys.
Guardian ad Litem
Many states call the program CASA. In Florida, it is called the GAL program. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and the Guardian ad Litem (GAL) are national associations in the United States that support and promote court-appointed advocates for abused or neglected children in order to provide children with a safe and healthy environment in permanent homes.
Kathy is a certified Guardian ad Litem. She says it’s been one of the most challenging experiences of her life. Not only because of the circumstances of the children, but also because of the system and the horribly stupid adults who have lost sight of what is decent and good in this world. She has been assigned teenagers, which most Guardians avoid. In addition, she has also taken on teenagers who are in a state facility because they have either gotten in legal or behavior trouble. It’s not called a prison, but it is defined by the locked doors and rigid schedules. The hard thing is that the kids have already built up walls inside themselves that far exceed the concrete and bars that surround them.
Pray for the children. Pray for Kathy. And if you want to do something in this world… find out more about the program in your state. You literally can save the life of a child.
One of our stated goals of Call Me Sister is to encourage women worldwide. Shortly after we launch, we connected with a non-profit called Sister India. H-m-m-m…we felt it was more than “coincidence”. Sister India not only sees the plight of women, but is bringing hope and changing their life by giving them an amazing opportunity for an education. The most neglected people on this earth are given skills they need to forge a new future for their families. 80% of students graduate with a fifth-grade level of reading, writing and math. The literacy course is only $25 a year per student! Every donation will make a difference!! We can do this! Will you join us?
Chinese / English Tutoring
It’s not hard to imagine what it’s like to arrive in a foreign country alone – sometimes with your wife and children – but with no friends. You arrive with the opportunity and desire to advance your education; but somewhere in that dream is a longing to build a meaningful friendship with an American.
We call ourselves “tutors” because it seems more proper and official than “Do you want to be my friend?” But we become friends indeed!
Karen who lives in a university town has been befriending foreign students through a Chinese fellowship in her church. In fact, she has come to believe that we could change the world if everyone truly came to be friends with someone from another culture – another country – another part of the world. It’s a lot more difficult to wage war against someone you know and love!
Look around and open your heart to someone from another land. Every international student wants to visit an American home or have an American friend. When they return home, parting is bitter sweet, but they will go home with fond, lasting memories of their time in America.
Then someday when you want to travel to another country, you can visit your friends. Here are pictures from our trip to China: https://healthhappinessandheaven.com/china-2018/