Continuing with the "Investment" theme..

Invest in Others

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    See that huge smile on that little girl's face? That's all you need to see to feel like the richest person in the world. This is my husband and I on our first mission trip together, Senior year of high school. We went with a group of teachers and students, including my sister, to beautiful Costa Rica. We helped in orphanages and in this church. Building and painting in the morning, holding Vacation Bible School in the afternoon, and touring the city at night.
    While Costa Rica was one of my favorite mission trips ever, and a mission trip to Africa is a deep desire for both my husband and I, we can't afford to go to either of those places right now. The good thing is, as with investing in yourself and the ones you love, you don't always have to spend money to invest in others. A few weeks ago, my husband and I went with Chick-fil-A Walnut Creek and employees from Kaiser to volunteer at the City Team International shelter in Oakland, CA. Chick-fil-A's Owner/Operator [pictured handing out meals below] generously donated 300 meals for the event. Coats, clothes, and shoes were collected from various places around the city to provide a free store for the homeless and less fortunate in the area.
    Doors to the shelter-turned-free-store officially opened at 11:00am, but when we arrived with the food at 10:30am, the line was already down the block. It was a pleasure to be serving and truly eye-opening about the needs in our own backyard. Volunteering [in other words, investing in others] is also an investment in yourself and your growth as a person. You realize just how good you have it.. which, if you're reading this right now, is better than most.
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    Investing in others can be costly, time, energy, and money-wise. You have to take time out of your daily schedule, maybe even several days off work if you're going to go on an actual mission trip, which may mean less money in your paycheck. It also takes money to travel out of the country, you might have to buy and bring supplies, may end up leaving the clothes and shoes you take with you there because there's a need and you can't say no.. and you lose a lot of energy doing manual labor if you're not used to it.. but from first hand experience, I can guarantee you that none of that will matter when you see the smile on the faces of those you're helping.
    Other than doing Operation Christmas Child together each year, my husband and I hadn't truly volunteered together since Costa Rica. It was such a blessing to do this together and we are committed to doing more in the future. I encourage you to take a step back from your daily life and go volunteer somewhere. You won't get paid for it, but you will be blessed. Or, if you believe in Karma, it'll come back around.
    Bless and be blessed!
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Women should be educated to participate equally in economic and political development of a country. If they would be educated they would have political awareness. They would be able to use their right of vote.

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