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Jesus Lived in Occupied Territory

posted by Dillon Burroughs

Jesus lived in occupied territory. His mother, Mary, grew up in Nazareth, a small village that included a Roman bathhouse used by occupying forces. Jesus was born in Bethlehem, also occupied by Romans. He was dedicated at the Temple in […]

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Fair Trade Is Only Fair

posted by Dillon Burroughs

I’ve been doing a little research lately on Christian involvement in the fair trade movement. Here’s what I’m learning: 1. Christians are woefully lacking in support fair trade efforts: Christians are doing a lot of great things, but fair trade […]

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together, our stories change things: #powerofwe

posted by Dillon Burroughs

The Help One Now Haiti Bloggers working on their legacy strategy. You’re reading about the #Help1Haiti Bloggers Trip. Read more: here we go… @helponenow haiti bloggers 2012 three reasons to follow the @helponenow haiti bloggers sometimes it’s messy work on the importance […]

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5 Quotes on Showing Compassion

posted by Dillon Burroughs

For your Sunday reflection, here are five of my favorite quotes on the issue of compassion. Enjoy and be inspired. Feel free to share! “Go and do likewise.” -Jesus “Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for […]

The Power of Clean Water

posted by Dillon Burroughs

Over 800 million people lack access to clean water. Living Water International‘s goal is to transform this horrific statistic through clean water wells in the developing world. In November 2011, my first devotional book Thirst No More was published to […]

Crafts that Change the World

posted by Dillon Burroughs

[Guest post by Activist Faith co-founder Daniel Darling, minister, author, and speaker, and friend, interviewing WorldCrafts president and New Hope CEO Dr. Andrea Mullins. Worldcrafts is a Christian fair-trade artisan group based in Birmingham, AL.] I have found Andrea to […]

Water Is Spiritual

posted by Dillon Burroughs

One in eight people on our planet lack access to clean drinking water. Though it does not draw the attention of headline news like war or natural disasters, lack of clean water kills millions of people each year. My friends […]

“Activist Faith” to Become Book

posted by Dillon Burroughs

For immediate release:  Popular Bloggers Ink Deal for Activist Faith July 9, 2012—Popular bloggers and authors Dillon Burroughs (Undefending Christianity), Daniel Darling (Real, iFaith), and Dan King (The Unlikely Missionary) have signed a new deal with Navpress, it was announced […]

The Right Kind of Activism

posted by Dillon Burroughs

I once spoke with a group of college students about modern slavery and human trafficking in America. After my presentation, a friend of mine asked how it turned out. I told him, “The women were all ready to start aftercare […]

The Power of Clean Water

posted by Dillon Burroughs

Over 800 million people lack access to clean water. Living Water International‘s goal is to transform this horrific statistic through clean water wells in the developing world. In November 2011, my first devotional book Thirst No More was published to […]

Tis the season for garage sales!

posted by Dillon Burroughs

We went yard sale shopping last weekend. It seemed like there was a different sale on every corner. People selling all sorts of stuff they no longer want or need. Nice things, ratty things, all sorts of things … after […]

how cheating taught me about [real] hunger

posted by Dillon Burroughs

More Sharing Services I had a moment of weakness. I’m ashamed to say that I cheated. And it wasn’t just a little bit. I cheated bad. Yeah, I feel horrible about it, mostly because I know there’s no way I […]

Jesus Lived in Occupied Territory

posted by Dillon Burroughs

Jesus lived in occupied territory. His mother, Mary, grew up in Nazareth, a small village that included a Roman bathhouse used by occupying forces. Jesus was born in Bethlehem, also occupied by Romans. He was dedicated at the Temple in […]

Getting Serious about Helping the Homeless

posted by Dillon Burroughs

“I’ll never forget my first night. All of a sudden and without warning, I found myself homeless in Koreatown near downtown Los Angeles. I was sober, but I had no money, no place to go and no one I could […]

The Right Kind of Activism

posted by Dillon Burroughs

I once spoke with a group of college students about modern slavery and human trafficking in America. After my presentation, a friend of mine asked how it turned out. I told him, “The women were all ready to start aftercare […]

A Life Changed by Compassion

posted by Dillon Burroughs

There’s a reason I sponsor a child through Compassion International–Compassion changes lives. Richmond is one of them. His story is shared in short below, but you have to view the video to watch him share the story himself. If you […]

The Pro-Life Issue in Early Christianity

posted by Dillon Burroughs

I posted this on Facebook the other day and had some interesting dialogue. I’m sharing it here both for shared insights and comments you may have. At the least, it is clear that even early Christians had strong convictions about […]

The Fair Trade Revolution

posted by Dillon Burroughs

I’ve been doing a little research lately on Christian involvement in the fair trade movement. Here’s what I’m learning: 1. Christians are woefully lacking in support fair trade efforts: Christians are doing a lot of great things, but fair trade […]

Picture of a Changed Life

posted by Dillon Burroughs

My friends at Mission of Hope Haiti posted the following pictures today. They need few words. Before their work, this child had one leg. After their work, he now walks. Your efforts, whether great or small, change lives. Do your […]

Using Social Media to Stop Slavery

posted by Dillon Burroughs

The US 2011 Trafficking in Persons national report included an important insight for today’s online activists. The entire document includes lengthy details regarding the status of human trafficking in nearly every nation of the world, but I mention it here […]

The Right Kind of Activism

posted by Dillon Burroughs

Last night I spoke with a group of college students about modern slavery and human trafficking in America. After my presentation, a friend of mine asked how it turned out. I told him, “The women were all ready to start […]

Leaders Remember the Poor

posted by Dillon Burroughs

“All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I had been eager to do all along.” -Galatians 2:10 Leaders care for the poor. When Paul met with Peter, James, and John–the big three […]

From Haiti to “Not in My Town”

posted by Dillon Burroughs

In June 2009, I traveled to Titanyen, Haiti, for a week of missionary activity with Mission of Hope, my second journey to the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. On our last morning, we began the trip back to the […]

How to Stand Against Human Trafficking

posted by Dillon Burroughs

When I speak about stopping human trafficking, people often ask, “How?” I don’t have all of the answers, but in our book and DVD Not in My Town, Charles Powell and I include a chapter that shares many of the […]

A Novel Every Christian Should Read

posted by Dillon Burroughs

I realize that there are many Christians who are ambivalent or even opposed to Christian fiction. I’ve never shared that belief, because I think fiction has a way of bringing important issues to light in a way that may be […]

Wheels for the World

posted by Dillon Burroughs

If you’ve never heard of an organization called Joni and Friends, you are truly missing out. The premiere disability ministry in our nation, Joni and Friends provides a powerful example of how Christians are called to show love in practical […]

A Life Changed by Compassion

posted by Dillon Burroughs

There’s a reason I sponsor a child through Compassion International–Compassion changes lives. Richmond is one of them. His story is shared in short below, but you have to view the video to watch him share the story himself. If you […]

The Fair Trade Revolution

posted by Dillon Burroughs

I’ve been doing a little research lately on Christian involvement in the fair trade movement. Here’s what I’m learning: 1. Christians are woefully lacking in support fair trade efforts: Christians are doing a lot of great things, but fair trade […]

Do What It Says

posted by Dillon Burroughs

“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”-James 1:22 The book of James is perhaps the most direct letter in the New Testament. Rather than word pictures or abundant illustrations, James gets down […]

The Right Kind of Activism

posted by Dillon Burroughs

Last night I spoke with a group of college students about modern slavery and human trafficking in America. After my presentation, a friend of mine asked how it turned out. I told him, “The women were all ready to start […]

Bringing Clean Water (and Hope) to Ethiopia

posted by Dillon Burroughs

My friends at RejectApathy.com recently posted an inspiring story about efforts to bring clean water to a community in Ethiopia, building hope and relationships in the process. Clean water access is one of the most disturbing problems in our world […]

Leaders Remember the Poor

posted by Dillon Burroughs

“All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I had been eager to do all along.” -Galatians 2:10 Leaders care for the poor. When Paul met with Peter, James, and John–the big three […]

Children’s Rescue Initiative

posted by Dillon Burroughs

As part of Activist Faith, I like to highlight Christians on the frontlines of creating positive change in our world. Today’s hero? My friend Bruce Ladebu, pastor and founder of Children’s Rescue Initiative. Here’s an amazing picture and story of […]

Leaders Remember the Poor

posted by Dillon Burroughs

“All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I had been eager to do all along.” -Galatians 2:10 Leaders care for the poor. When Paul met with Peter, James, and John–the big three […]

Answering “What If…?”

posted by Dillon Burroughs

I was honored to find a blogger quoting my book Not in My Town in a recent post on standing against modern slavery. What surprised me was that the part that stood out to this writer were the “What if” […]

A Novel Every Christian Should Read

posted by Dillon Burroughs

I realize that there are many Christians who are ambivalent or even opposed to Christian fiction. I’ve never shared that belief, because I think fiction has a way of bringing important issues to light in a way that may be […]

Spiritual Leaders Remember those in Need

posted by Dillon Burroughs

“All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I had been eager to do all along.” -Galatians 2:10 Leaders care for the poor. When Paul met with Peter, James, and John–the big three […]

Thirst No More

posted by Dillon Burroughs

“Whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst.”—Jesus (John 4:14 NIV) We live in an era that values speed, production, and efficiency. Deadlines and due dates drive much of our daily routine. Enough is never enough. But is […]

Getting Serious about Helping the Homeless

posted by Dillon Burroughs

“I’ll never forget my first night. All of a sudden and without warning, I found myself homeless in Koreatown near downtown Los Angeles. I was sober, but I had no money, no place to go and no one I could […]

Clean Water Changes the World

posted by Dillon Burroughs

Over 800 million people lack access to clean water. Living Water International‘s goal is to transform this horrific statistic through clean water wells in the developing world. In November 2011, my first devotional book Thirst No More will be published […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

posted by Dillon Burroughs

If you live in the United States, today is Thanksgiving Day, a holiday celebrated with turkey dinners, American football, and holiday shopping (especially Black Friday). In the midst of the commercialism, it’s easy to forget Thanksgiving Day is a tradition […]

Using Social Media to Stop Slavery

posted by Dillon Burroughs

The US 2011 Trafficking in Persons national report included an important insight for today’s online activists. The entire document includes lengthy details regarding the status of human trafficking in nearly every nation of the world, but I mention it here […]

Leaders Remember the Poor

posted by Dillon Burroughs

“All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I had been eager to do all along.” -Galatians 2:10 Leaders care for the poor. When Paul met with Peter, James, and John–the big three […]

Love Your (Muslim) Neighbor As Yourself

posted by Dillon Burroughs

  [I first posted this piece back on March 24th prior to CNN’s special on Muslims in America. It was mentioned by Soledad O’Brien herself and became one of the most poplar posts on Activist Faith. I thought it appropriate […]

How to Stand Against Human Trafficking

posted by Dillon Burroughs

When I speak about stopping human trafficking, people often ask, “How?” I don’t have all of the answers, but in our book and DVD Not in My Town, Charles Powell and I include a chapter that shares many of the […]

Redemption Day: Stop Slavery Today

posted by Dillon Burroughs

Redemption Day is today–11.11.11. It’s all about taking a stand against modern slavery. Today, take a photo, mention it in your status update, make a sign, lift up a prayer, be a voice–let the world know you will not stand […]

Happy First Anniversary to Activist Faith!

posted by Dillon Burroughs

One year ago today, this Activist Faith blog launched as a dream to integrate faith and action on the issues that matter most. In the past 366 days, we’ve blogged about the Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street, tornadoes in the […]

The Unlikely Missionary, Pt. 2

posted by Dillon Burroughs

I blame it on the ‘WP Word Count’ plugin that I installed. It tells me how many words are written/published by each contributor on the site. And as the guy who started the site, I’m definitely leading all contributors with […]

Thirst No More

posted by Dillon Burroughs

“Whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst.”—Jesus (John 4:14 NIV) We live in an era that values speed, production, and efficiency. Deadlines and due dates drive much of our daily routine. Enough is never enough. But is […]

Do What It Says

posted by Dillon Burroughs

“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”-James 1:22 The book of James is perhaps the most direct letter in the New Testament. Rather than word pictures or abundant illustrations, James gets down […]

From Haiti to “Not in My Town”

posted by Dillon Burroughs

In June 2009, I traveled to Titanyen, Haiti, for a week of missionary activity with Mission of Hope, my second journey to the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. On our last morning, we began the trip back to the […]

How to Stand Against Human Trafficking

posted by Dillon Burroughs

When I speak about stopping human trafficking, people often ask, “How?” I don’t have all of the answers, but in our book and DVD Not in My Town, Charles Powell and I include a chapter that shares many of the […]

The Fair Trade Revolution

posted by Dillon Burroughs

I’ve been doing a little research lately on Christian involvement in the fair trade movement. Here’s what I’m learning: 1. Christians are woefully lacking in support fair trade efforts: Christians are doing a lot of great things, but fair trade […]

The Future of Fair Trade

posted by Dillon Burroughs

I’ve been doing a little research lately on Christian involvement in the fair trade movement. Here’s what I’m learning: 1. Christians are woefully lacking in support fair trade efforts: Christians are doing a lot of great things, but fair trade […]

How to Change the World: Read the Bible

posted by Dillon Burroughs

According to a new research project by Baylor researcher Aaron Franzen, those who read the Bible are found to be more concerned about today’s social change issues, including social and economic justice. As mentioned by David Briggs today at Huffington […]

Fair Trade Is Only Fair

posted by Dillon Burroughs

I’ve been doing a little research lately on Christian involvement in the fair trade movement. Here’s what I’m learning: 1. Christians are woefully lacking in support fair trade efforts: Christians are doing a lot of great things, but fair trade […]

Support Hunger Action Month

posted by Dillon Burroughs

Feeding America wants you to join them in fighting hunger this month. Why? In a time when 1 in 6 American struggle with hunger, our nation’s leaders are considering cuts of over 9% to current national feeding programs. While a […]

Moving Beyond Handouts

posted by Dillon Burroughs

The Christian Post recently announced an innovative strategy by my friends at Food for the Poor to both help those in need and create jobs for those in need. An excerpt is below. My question to readers: What other ideas […]

A Look at International Human Trafficking [podcast]

posted by Dillon Burroughs

 My friend and editor Randy Bishop at New Hope Digital posted our conversation on human trafficking. Please take a few minutes to hear what is happening and what can be done to make a difference and help end slavery. Thanks! […]

Using Social Media to Stop Slavery

posted by Dillon Burroughs

The US 2011 Trafficking in Persons national report included an important insight for today’s online activists. The entire document includes lengthy details regarding the status of human trafficking in nearly every nation of the world, but I mention it here […]

Life Without Clean Water [VIDEO]

posted by Dillon Burroughs

From my friends at World Vision US be forewarned it’s a bit hard to watch. World Vision’s Clean Water Fund http://bit.ly/CleanWaterFund This video depicts what life might be like if Americans faced the same reality every day as 1.1 billion […]

The Christian Fair Trade Movement

posted by Dillon Burroughs

I’ve been doing a little research lately on Christian involvement in the fair trade movement. Here’s what I’m learning: 1. Christians are woefully lacking in support fair trade efforts: Christians are doing a lot of great things, but fair trade […]

Getting Serious about Helping the Homeless

posted by Dillon Burroughs

“I’ll never forget my first night. All of a sudden and without warning, I found myself homeless in Koreatown near downtown Los Angeles. I was sober, but I had no money, no place to go and no one I could […]

Leaders Remember the Poor

posted by Dillon Burroughs

“All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I had been eager to do all along.” -Galatians 2:10 Leaders care for the poor. When Paul met with Peter, James, and John–the big three […]

8 Inspiring Verses on Faith in Action

posted by Dillon Burroughs

People often ask me why I am involved in activist issues as a Christian. I tell people, “For the Bible tells me so.” Here are some of my favorite verses for your reflection for today: He has shown you, O […]

Inspiring Verses on Faith and Action

posted by Dillon Burroughs

People often ask me why I am involved in activist issues as a Christian. I tell people, “For the Bible tells me so.” Here are some of my favorite verses for your reflection for this Sunday: He has shown you, […]

Blogging to Change the World

posted by Dillon Burroughs

Back in December, my friend Shaun Groves at Compassion International shared the following post: Two years ago Compassion International took a risk no one else in the non-profit world was willing to take. They brought a group of bloggers to […]

Clean Water Changes the World

posted by Dillon Burroughs

Over 800 million people lack access to clean water. Living Water International‘s goal is to transform this horrific statistic through clean water wells in the developing world. In November 2011, my first devotional book Thirst No More will be published […]

Why Adoption?

posted by Dillon Burroughs

[A great post from Tony Merida, co-author of Orphanology, from my friends at New Hope Digital.] Until perhaps recently, most believers, in my experience, have only considered adoption and orphan care in a couple circumstances. One, they were praying for […]

Help Famine Victims in East Africa

posted by Dillon Burroughs

News networks are now communicating what many have known behind the scenes for some time–East Africa is in a desperate situation due to its current famine. These are our brothers and sisters. We need to help. Where to begin? First, […]

How to Change the World: Read the Bible

posted by Dillon Burroughs

According to a new research project by Baylor researcher Aaron Franzen, those who read the Bible are found to be more concerned about today’s social change issues, including social and economic justice. As mentioned by David Briggs today at Huffington […]

Making It Personal

posted by Dillon Burroughs

Sometimes, it is the story of the one that changes the story of many. Recently, I met with Abigail Taylor with Redeem the Shadows, a full-time abolitionist committed to changing the face of modern slavery. Her video speaks for itself. […]

Stop Human Trafficking in West Virginia

posted by Dillon Burroughs

Amazingly, there is still one state that has yet to criminalize human trafficking. While laws will not make the problem go away, a lack of laws reveals a lack of concern regarding the exploitation of men, women, and children forced […]

Feeding America’s Children

posted by Dillon Burroughs

Today, CNN reported the plight of 700 children in Cobb County, Georgia who receive free sack lunches from Christians at MUST Ministries. With 21 million American children who receive free or reduced-cost lunches at public schools, it’s easy to forget […]

Compassion Changes Lives

posted by Dillon Burroughs

There’s a reason I sponsor a child through Compassion International–Compassion changes lives. Richmond is one of them. His story is shared in short below, but you have to view the video to watch him share the story himself. If you […]

How to Stand Against Human Trafficking

posted by Dillon Burroughs

When I speak about stopping human trafficking, people often ask, “How?” I don’t have all of the answers, but in our book and DVD Not in My Town, Charles Powell and I include a chapter that shares many of the […]

From Haiti to “Not in My Town”

posted by Dillon Burroughs

In June 2009, I traveled to Titanyen, Haiti, for a week of missionary activity with Mission of Hope, my second journey to the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. On our last morning, we began the trip back to the […]

Help “The Least of These”

posted by Dillon Burroughs

My friends at Bread for the World have recently launched a great online initiative to help encourage members of Congress to protect food programs for the poor. Please read and support this effort. Yes, our nation needs to make some […]

Help End World Hunger NOW

posted by Dillon Burroughs

My friends at CARE are offering a new way for you to help put an end to extreme hunger around the world. By simply joining their petition, you can support a comprehensive U.S. plan to end global hunger. Petition letter […]

Erasing Racism

posted by Dillon Burroughs

In kindergarten, racism was not part of my vocabulary. My friends had skin of all kinds of colors in our somewhat urban environment. We were brothers and sisters, friends and buddies. Whether learning to tie our shoes or eat glue, […]

Great News–Reject Apathy!

posted by Dillon Burroughs

Great news from my friends at Relevant Magazine. This is the result of a generation ready to change the world…   So, this is a huge announcement for me and the RELEVANT team: With the July issue, this week subscribers […]

Using Social Media to Stop Slavery

posted by Dillon Burroughs

This week, the US 2011 Trafficking in Persons national report was released. The entire document includes lengthy details regarding the status of human trafficking in nearly every nation of the world, but I mention it here because of one development […]

Support Clean Water Access to Those Without

posted by Dillon Burroughs

Did you know nearly one billion people on the planet lack access to clean drinking water? Want to help change this tragedy? Support UNICEF’s pledge to making our world a place where people no longer die from lack of water. […]

3 Ways You Can Help Stop Human Trafficking

posted by Dillon Burroughs

[Guest post from my friend Charles Powell, founder of Mercy Movement and coauthor of Not in My Town.] In your town you might have spas or massage parlors that promise hours like 10 a. m. to 2 a. m.  Or […]

Supporting Shouwang and Religious Freedom in China

posted by Dillon Burroughs

After Easter, I posted on the arrests of several Chinese Christians from Shouwang Church who were detained for publicly meeting for worship on Easter Sunday. At that time, I posted a petition at Change.org to raise awareness and to ask […]

Help Fight Human Trafficking in LA

posted by Dillon Burroughs

In a time of recession and cutbacks, one of the areas under risk is the LAPD Vice Unit for Human Trafficking and Prostitution. In a nation where the practice is growing and a state where it ranks as one of […]

Grassroots Efforts Against Human Trafficking

posted by Dillon Burroughs

As many of you know, I am involved in a lot to fight modern slavery and human trafficking, The state where I was born, Ohio, has had significant problems with this issue, with Toledo, Ohio being ranked 4th in the […]

Help Someone Keep Their Home

posted by Dillon Burroughs

MSNBC reported today American home foreclosures accounted for 28 percent of all home sales, a share nearly six times higher than what it would be in a healthy housing market. Yes, this is depressing news. Some would even call it […]

Help End Sex Trafficking in Pittsburgh

posted by Dillon Burroughs

Sex trafficking in Pittsburgh? Unfortunately, the ugly reality is that this crime takes place in many American cities. The good news is that you can do something to stop it, even if you don’t live in Pittsburgh. Specifically, The Project […]

Fair Trade Month: Tell Starbucks to Celebrate

posted by Dillon Burroughs

I admit it–I’m a Starbucks addict. I’ve discovered caffeine is a major factor that allows me to write more words per day and keep up with my three kids (who seem to still have more energy than I do without […]

Have We Become “Christians of Convenience”?

posted by Dillon Burroughs

“What amazes me, however, is how disposable Christianity and the Bible are in this conversation. America, it seems, has become a nation of Christians of convenience, who trot Jesus out when he suits their politics and prejudices only to hide […]

End Slavery–Start Now

posted by Dillon Burroughs

As many of you know, I have frequently spoken out on the issue of human trafficking. One of my long-term dreams is for Christians to be on the front lines of stopping slavery in our generation.Part of this dream has […]

Praying for China

posted by Dillon Burroughs

Recently, I have been speaking out against religious persecution in China, calling Christians to pray concerning this issue. In the process, I stumbled upon a wonderful tool from ChinaAid.org–the “Pray for China” prayer band. I’m ordering one for everyone in […]

Update on Easter Arrest of Chinese Christians

posted by Dillon Burroughs

On May 25th, I mentioned the arrest of up to 30 Chinese Christians on Easter Sunday as part of a government crackdown. When I did, I encouraged readers to sign a petition I created that day to our nation’s leader […]

Life in the Balance

posted by Dillon Burroughs

My friends at Joni and Friends serve the disability community in incredible ways. Through their programs with schools, local churches, conferences, and mission outreaches around the world, they are the premiere Christian organization representing the needs of the disabled. Recently, […]

The World Race: A New Twist on World Missions

posted by Dillon Burroughs

You think “The Amazing Race” is tough? Try World Race. With its promise of 11 countries in 11 months as missionaries, the World Race is offering a unique twist to the timeless message of taking the good news of Jesus […]

The Circle of Protection: Standing Against Budget Cuts for the Poor

posted by Dillon Burroughs

It seems Christian activists who stand against budget cuts for the poor based on spiritual reasons are finding themselves at odds with an unlikely group–fellow Christians. The latest initiative, called the Circle of Protection, includes a broad range of groups, […]

Images from Tornado Relief

posted by Dillon Burroughs

As my area continues to return to normal following this week’s tornadoes, I thought I’d share some images from my friends at Samaritan’s Purse from their work in North Carolina. Please continue to pray for those affected by these storms. […]

Thousands of Iraqi Christians Flee Nation

posted by Dillon Burroughs

My friends at Open Door International just sent me this update on Iraqi Christian today: SANTA ANA, Calif. (April 11, 2011) – “If this exodus is not stopped, Iraq will not have any Christians left in three years.” This statement […]

Condemn Arrest of Chinese Christians on Easter

posted by Dillon Burroughs

I began to write an article about praying for the Chinese believers arrested on Easter. Then I realized we could do something about it in addition to praying. So I started a petition, sent to our President, Senate, and Congress, […]

My Homeless Friends

posted by Dillon Burroughs

“I’ll never forget my first night. All of a sudden and without warning, I found myself homeless in Koreatown near downtown Los Angeles. I was sober, but I had no money, no place to go and no one I could […]

Social Media Makes Teens More Aware of Needs of Others

posted by Dillon Burroughs

According to a new 30 Hour Famine study, almost half (44 percent) of American teens say they’ve become more aware of the needs of others thanks to their social media usage. The survey commissioned by World Vision, a relief and […]

CARE: Mother’s Day Gifts That Matter

posted by Dillon Burroughs

Dear Activist Faith Friends ,  My friends at CARE have partnered with Full Circle Exchange this Mother’s Day to honor mothers around the world. We have created beautiful “Mother’s Day” gift sets of organic, fair trade chocolate, coffee and tea. […]

Great News from ONE.org

posted by Dillon Burroughs

If you are one of the 150,000+ petition signers for ONE.org’s recent petition to protect funding for poverty-fighting programs around the world (or similar petitions with other groups), THANK YOU! Below is a copy of the message they just sent. […]

Helping Families of Veterans

posted by Dillon Burroughs

Goodwill Industries President Jim Gibbons is on a mission to help America’s military veterans. How? By helping their families. In a recent article, he notes: At Goodwill Industries, we raise money by selling donated items in more than 2,500 retail […]

Help End Childhood Hunger Today

posted by Dillon Burroughs

Nearly one in four American kids can’t count on having enough to eat. You can’t see it just by looking, but it lives next door.  Hungry kids struggle to concentrate at school, are more likely to have behavior problems, and […]

Changing Slavery, One Click at a Time

posted by Dillon Burroughs

During February’s Super Bowl in Texas, much attention was given to the issue of potential human trafficking concerns related to the event. A local task force, including friends of mine, were deeply involved in the fight to crack down against […]

Homeless Church

posted by Dillon Burroughs

Be inspired today… +++   +++ DILLON BURROUGHS is an author, activist, and co-founder of Activist Faith. Dillon served in Haiti following the epic 2010 earthquake and has investigated modern slavery in the US and internationally. His books include Undefending […]

Wheels for the World

posted by Dillon Burroughs

If you’ve never heard of an organization called Joni and Friends, you are truly missing out. The premiere disability ministry in our nation, Joni and Friends provides a powerful example of how Christians are called to show love in practical […]

Drinking Coffee to Change the World

posted by Dillon Burroughs

Activist Faith co-founder, pastor, and author Daniel Darling recently posted a great article on a group called Three Avocados who are changing the world through one of my favorite things–coffee. Read and be inspired as you find your own creative […]

Activist Faith in Action: Text Donations Expedited to Japan

posted by Dillon Burroughs

Back on March 15th, I posted a petition to help remove the delay of text donation funds to Japan’s earthquake and tsunami victims. Over 40,000 people had signed it within 24 hours. As of now, over 66,000 have joined the […]

Changing the Politics of Hunger

posted by Dillon Burroughs

My friends at Bread for the World announce their upcoming event in D.C. Go if you can, but more importantly, help spread their message of making a difference in the lives of those who hunger. Thanks! -Dillon +++ Tuesday, April […]

Help End Child Marriage

posted by Dillon Burroughs

Plan USA is asking 25,000 people to join them in a petition to stand against child marriage. When children as young as 8 years old are forced into marriage, it’s time to speak out. The text of the petition is […]

Little Changes Make Big Change

posted by Dillon Burroughs

Social change website Change.org reported today that FTD has become the first major US florist to adopt fair trade policies for its flowers. Why is this a big deal? Approximately 80 percent of cut flowers sold in America are imported. […]

What Would Jesus Cut?

posted by Dillon Burroughs

What Would Jesus Cut? Congress is considering a budget plan that would make a 9 percent cut in discretionary spending while giving a 2 percent increase for military spending. This would be devastating for domestic programs that provide basic nutrition, […]

Set 1 Free: Providing Hope to Victims of Slavery

posted by Dillon Burroughs

As an activist against modern slavery and human trafficking, people often ask, “What can I do?” Set 1 Free is one of my favorite answers. Women freed from slavery around the world are thriving through education and new jobs supported […]

Time for a Hunger Strike?

posted by Dillon Burroughs

Tony Hall and company announced yesterday an official hunger strike in response to what they see as immoral proposed budget cuts regarding world food programs, mosquito nets, and head start programs. Whether you agree with their plan or not, a […]

Every Bit Helps

posted by Dillon Burroughs

This week, I received an email from a friend of mine who works with girls in juvenile detention centers in the Dallas area. One of their programs is a voluntary Bible study where she is able to build friendships with […]

Centurions or Activists?

posted by Dillon Burroughs

The Washington Post’s “On Faith” highlighted the legacy plan of Prison Fellowship founder Charles Colson. The plan? Developing a group of next-generation leaders called “Centurions” who can defend Christianity in an increasingly anti-Christian culture where the faith is seen as […]

Thank YOU for Helping Japan Today!

posted by Dillon Burroughs

Yesterday, I posted information about the delay of donate-to-text gifts reaching those impacted in Japan’s earthquake and tsunami. I featured a petition from my friends at Change.org to encourage mobile phone providers to speed up gifts to Japan. At the […]

Help Stop the Delay of Text Donations to Japan

posted by Dillon Burroughs

During my January 2010 trip to Haiti, one of my biggest frustrations regarding relief efforts was how long the process took for the public’s donations to reach the impacted area. Text-to-give, a donation tool popularized following the Haiti earthquake, accumulated […]

Christian Relief Efforts in Japan

posted by Dillon Burroughs

Photo credit: Samaritan’s Purse.The Red Cross and other traditional disaster relief agencies are now working to support people in the impacted areas of the Japan earthquake. However, some have been asking me about specific Christian organizations they can support that […]

Empower Women, Change the World

posted by Dillon Burroughs

This week, many celebrated the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. There are many noble organizations supporting the effort to improve the rights of women around the world, but one of my favorites is CARE International. Through their educational and […]

Praying for Japan’s Earthquake Victims

posted by Dillon Burroughs

Many of us are still in shock at the 8.9-magnitude earthquake that just struck off the coast of Japan. Images and videos continue to reveal the darkness of the tragedy. The unfortunate reality for many of us is that we […]

Good News with the Poor

posted by Dillon Burroughs

Luke 4 reveals the mission of Jesus on earth. He communicated that he was a fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy he had just read in the synagogue at Nazareth. The prophecy read: 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, […]

Want to Help Stop Modern Slavery?

posted by Dillon Burroughs

My friends at DC Stop Modern Slavery are working to spread the word about IJM’s effort to collect 25,000 signers to petition President Obama to increase funding to fight human trafficking and modern slavery. While many realize the need to […]

Christians Respond to Georgia’s Immigration Debate

posted by Dillon Burroughs

If you’ve heard about the pending legislation in Arizona to remove citizenship status for children of immigrants, you know how high the stakes are on this issue. Already, other states, including Georgia, are working on similar legislation. Since Christians are […]

Mourning the Loss of Paskistan’s Only Christian Cabinet Member

posted by Dillon Burroughs

The Christian Post offered an insightful commentary on the recent murder of Bhatti, Pakistan’s sole Christian cabinet member. This is a huge loss for the Christian community. Please continue to pray for Bhatti’s family and the fragile situation for Christians […]

Said Musa Freed!

posted by Dillon Burroughs

I recently posted on efforts to write letters and petition for Said Musa to be freed. According to ICC, this effort has resulted in his freedom from an Afghan prison. Read below and see the full article here. Thanks for […]

One of Those Rock Moments [Dan King]

posted by Dillon Burroughs

A great update from ActivistFaith.org co-founder Dan King on his recent conference on orphan care. Read and share! Thanks, Dillon +++ Charles Lee told us at the beginning of the conference that at each of the tables we would find […]

Why I Do This

posted by Dillon Burroughs

I’ve just returned from three days at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention, the largest annual gathering of Christian media leaders from radio, television, digital, and print, held in the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. I met friends from Uganda, Russia, […]

Human Trafficking Book Coming Soon

posted by Dillon Burroughs

I have been waiting for some time to make the announcement here, but this May, my co-authored book and DVD with Mercy Movement founder Charles Powell comes to a bookstore near you. More will be mentioned when it actually comes […]

The Idea Camp (and Watch It Live!)

posted by Dillon Burroughs

Activist Faith co-founder Dan King is presenting on orphan care at the Idea Camp, a creative venture to help people of faith live out their beliefs in creative ways on today’s issues. Find out more here or check out the […]

One Small Step to Help Libya

posted by Dillon Burroughs

Tunisia, Yemen, Egypt, Libya–revolution is spreading. Many of us want to help, but what can we really do? (Even The Guardian is getting in on the question.) Yesterday, I wrote about the importance of praying for those in Libya. In […]

Praying for Libya

posted by Dillon Burroughs

Unrest in Libya has turned deadly for some. As the Middle East Revolution spreads, innocents are caught in the crossfire. At the very least, we should care and pray for them. As I listened to the report this morning on […]

Create a Special Envoy for Religious Freedom!?

posted by Dillon Burroughs

An important petition opportunity from my friends at Open Doors USA to support religious freedom in the Middle East. Thanks for helping change the world! -Dillon +++ As revolutions grow in the Middle East, it is critical that the United […]

Haiti in Pictures

posted by Dillon Burroughs

My friend and Activist Faith co-founder Dan King recently posted “Haiti in Pictures” to show what words cannot express when serving children in need. It is said a picture is worth a thousand words but I also believe that pictures […]

Pro-Life and Pro-Love

posted by Dillon Burroughs

We have just finished a month in which the pro-life movement focuses on the issue of life. I personally support the issue, yet have found myself at odds with many of those who agree with me on the issue. It’s […]

Write a Letter, Change a Life

posted by Dillon Burroughs

Did you know you can actually write letters to Christians who have been arrested because of their faith? At PrisonerAlert.com, you can write a letter to the persecuted believer listed each month. This is an opportunity to encourage a believer […]

Start Where You Are

posted by Dillon Burroughs

After Jesus had cast the evil spirits out of a man in the region of Garasenes (see Matthew 5), the guy wanted to serve as one of Christ’s followers. He had been transformed. He was ready to go anywhere and […]

A Loss for All

posted by Dillon Burroughs

It’s too easy to read the headlines of another suicide bombing, like the one that has just taken place in Pakistan that just took the lives of 31 people, and move on without much consideration. But today, this particular headline […]

How to (Really) Change the World

posted by Dillon Burroughs

When we watch the latest uprising on television or read about the toll of the latest natural disaster on people in another country, we are often inspired to help. We want to make a difference. We want to change the […]

Thoughtful Engagement on Immigration

posted by Dillon Burroughs

Guest post from Activist Faith co-founder, pastor, and author Daniel Darling offering a balanced, graceful perspective on one of the most pressing issues in America today from my perspective–immigration. Read, dialogue, and enjoy! -Dillon +++ A few days ago I […]

Is Education Good for the Soul?

posted by Dillon Burroughs

With the exponentially-rising cost of higher education in America, pundits have recently suggested formal education is “less important” than in the past. Blaming a combination of the economy and liberal philosophies of public education, increasingly even religious people are suggesting […]

Green Revolution

posted by Dillon Burroughs

A great quote and powerful interview with environmental activist Ben Lowe from my friends at RejectApathy.com. Read and be inspired! What needs to change in order to create a new environmental reality? First, the thinking that “the earth is ours […]

How to Help Dying Kids in Africa

posted by Dillon Burroughs

Please take a moment to check out the following important story from Activist Faith co-founder Dan King‘s website from Crystal Rowe. Be inspired and do something! -Diilon 2,000 children die from malaria every day. That’s 83 children every hour. With […]

Show Mercy: Stand Against Human Trafficking

posted by Dillon Burroughs

My friend Charles Powell has a heart to show mercy. How does he go about this? His plan is to make it impossible for people to buy and sell human beings in America. His organization, the Mercy Movement, exist to […]

Speak Out for Persecuted Iraqi Christians

posted by Dillon Burroughs

A personal plea from me and my friends at Open Doors International. Please take a moment to read and sign a petition to help persecuted Christians in Iraq. Thanks, Dillon +++ Pressure and violence against Christians in Iraq are rapidly […]

Praying for Egypt

posted by Dillon Burroughs

With all of the news about protests in Egypt, what are we to think? A Christian perspective would certainly advocate for democratic elections, with hopes that religious freedoms would be encouraged and expanded. However, one does not necessarily lead to […]

Southern Sudan and Forgiveness

posted by Dillon Burroughs

Over 99 percent of voters in Southern Sudan have voted to secede from the North. While I am thrilled at this change, one element of surprise was a statement made by Southern Sudan President Salva Kiir, who is expected to […]

Go Green for God

posted by Dillon Burroughs

In the aftermath surrounding new conservative Christian rhetoric concerning the evils of green religion, I though it appropriate to note, once again, what God says about the earth in the Bible: God says, 1. I made it.2. I called it […]

Erasing Racism

posted by Dillon Burroughs

Today is my birthday. It’s also Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. It’s not every year I am able to share my birthday with a national holiday, and I’m honored to enjoy my birthday on the same day as one of […]

Contagious Hope

posted by Dillon Burroughs

My friends at Compassion International have launched a great site to share stories of God at work in Haiti since last year’s earthquake. I’ve included an excerpt below, but please click through to the site to see the entire line […]

The Orphan I Am [A Theology of Adoption]

posted by Dillon Burroughs

Orphan care is a huge issue for all people, and should especially be close the the heart of those who claim to follow Jesus. Activist Faith co-founder Dan King share a great article to pass along on his experiences in […]

Rebirth Haiti

posted by Dillon Burroughs

Today’s post is dedicated to my friends at Mission of Hope Haiti. They have done more than about any organization I know of since the quake. I personally spent some time there two weeks after the January quake and can […]

Children’s Rescue Initiative

posted by Dillon Burroughs

As part of Activist Faith, I like to highlight Christians on the frontlines of creating positive change in our world. Today’s hero? My friend Bruce Ladebu, pastor and founder of Children’s Rescue Initiative. Here’s an amazing picture and story of […]

Palin Traveling to Haiti

posted by Dillon Burroughs

In case you haven’t heard, Sarah Palin is headed to Haiti this weekend. She’ll be traveling with Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse, to observe their work in the country. Despite the obvious politic drama connected with this trip, I […]

Jesus Lived in Occupied Territory

posted by Dillon Burroughs

Jesus lived in occupied territory. His mother, Mary, grew up in Nazareth, a small village that included a Roman bathhouse used by occupying forces. Jesus was born in Bethlehem, also occupied by Romans. He was dedicated at the Temple in […]

Helping Believers in North Korea

posted by Dillon Burroughs

In recent years, agencies that monitor religious persecution have ranked North Korea first or near the top for violations of religious liberty, particularly against Christians. In response, Christians worldwide, led by the prayer movement of South Korean believers, have interceded […]

A Dash of Humility

posted by Dillon Burroughs

[Featured guest post by Activist Faith co-founder Dan King] With the success of quiz shows like “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth-Grader”, it’s evident that the idea of being “smarter than ___” is becoming increasingly important in our society. These […]

Crafts that Change the World

posted by Dillon Burroughs

[Guest post by Activist Faith co-founder Daniel Darling, minister, author, and speaker, and friend, interviewing WorldCrafts president and New Hope CEO Dr. Andrea Mullins. Worldcrafts is a Christian fair-trade artisan group based in Birmingham, AL.] I have found Andrea to […]

Experiencing the Pain of Others

posted by Dillon Burroughs

Mother Teresa has said, “Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.” My friend Dan King […]

Loans that Change Lives

posted by Dillon Burroughs

World Vision, the global Christian humanitarian behemoth, has turned micro. Microfinance that is. Microfinance, for those unaware, is the concept of providing a small loan (as low as $25 US) to help a person in the developing world start a […]

Sometimes It’s the Little Things…

posted by Dillon Burroughs

Last January, I had the opportunity to serve in Haiti 17 days after the January 12th earthquake that killed an estimated 200,000+ people. The team I assisted helped in shipping food and water aid, moving patients at our make-shift hospital […]

The Right Kind of Activism

posted by Dillon Burroughs

Last night I spoke with a group of college students about modern slavery and human trafficking in America. After my presentation, a friend of mine asked how it turned out. I told him, “The women were all ready to start […]

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Transitions at Activist Faith
After more than 1,000 posts over the past three years and now a book, Activist Faith has been a huge part of my life. More than I could have ever imagined, Activist Faith has allowed the opportunity to connect with faith-based leaders and activists around the world, including you, who are making cha

posted 1:21:15pm Sep. 03, 2013 | read full post »

The Intentional Activist
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posted 9:38:04am Aug. 30, 2013 | read full post »

Save the Girls!
It's an unbelievable claim: 163 millions female babies aborted by women seeking sons. This is the information shared in Mara Hvistendahl's book Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls and the Consequences in a World Full of Men. But even if she's off by even ten or twenty percent, the headl

posted 11:22:07am Aug. 26, 2013 | read full post »

Crafts that Change the World
[Guest post by Activist Faith co-founder Daniel Darling, minister, author, and speaker, and friend, interviewing WorldCrafts president and New Hope CEO Dr. Andrea Mullins. Worldcrafts is a Christian fair-trade artisan group based in Birmingham, AL.] I have found Andrea to be a wonderful friend, s

posted 11:19:05am Aug. 25, 2013 | read full post »

The Right Kind of Activism
I once spoke with a group of college students about modern slavery and human trafficking in America. After my presentation, a friend of mine asked how it turned out. I told him, "The women were all ready to start aftercare centers for trafficking victims and the guys were all ready to blow something

posted 11:16:51am Aug. 23, 2013 | read full post »

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