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Discoveries of a Wanderer

Discoveries of a Wanderer

August 2011 Archives

Photos: Friendship in the Most Unexpected Places

posted by Jana Melpolder

Photos are provided by the Beliefnet Community member Callielou. Join the growing Beliefnet Community and talk about your faith, ask questions on relationships, and check out other fun photos!  

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Inspiring Quotes for Challenging Times

posted by Jana Melpolder

“It’s always too early to quit.” – Norman Vincent Peale   “Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.” – Babe Ruth    “You are never a loser until you quit trying.” – Mike Ditka   “There’s […]

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What One Thing Would YOU Give Up?

posted by Jana Melpolder

What would you give up so that others could have life-giving water and food? Right now over 12 million in the Horn of Africa are in danger of dying simply because there isn’t enough food to go around. Around 30,000 children have […]

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A Prayer for Shelter Against the Storm

posted by Jana Melpolder

Check out this prayer from Beliefnet’s prayer library: God of heaven and earth, God who carries our lives and the lives of our whole community in your hands, be with us in the peril of this day/night. Help us to […]

Watch What Sponsoring Just One Child Can Do

posted by Jana Melpolder

Video created by Jamie Flora  

Yes, Sadly Slavery Still Exists

posted by Jana Melpolder

Slavery is not only a thing of the past that we read about in school. It’s something that happens every day. It’s something that’s as modern as Twitter and Smartphones. It’s something that’s a harsh reality for many men, women, and children around […]

Featured Blog: Christian Quotes for Comfort

posted by Jana Melpolder

This is a featured post written by my friend, Beliefnet blogger Ashley Mcdaniel. Check out her blog Whole Living.   I pray these quotes bring peace and joy to your soul. You are not alone. Take comfort in these quotes. Psalm 9:9 […]

World Humanitarian Day 2011

posted by Jana Melpolder

How will you be a humanitarian? World Humanitarian Day is today, August 19th. Some people devote their time to helping those in other countries… …and some give their time to helping those right at home. Either way, we can all […]

Words of Comfort

posted by Jana Melpolder

Looking for a break from your high-stress day? Check out these quotes that will give you some ease and comfort. “The more you have, the more you’re occupied; the less you have, the more free you are.” – Mother Teresa […]

Bolivia’s in the Travel Section of Beliefnet

posted by Jana Melpolder

What better way to start winding down my focus on Bolivia than with an entire page featuring the best of the best! Check out highlights from the World Vision bloggers, priceless photos, and interactive discussion boards. Bolivia’s on Beliefnet – […]

Social Justice Exhaustion

posted by Jana Melpolder

This featured post was written by my friend Matthew Paul Turner. Check out his Beliefnet Blog “Jesus Needs New PR.”   Can I be honest? I think many of us who are engaged in the blogging world (Christian or otherwise) are suffering from a disease. […]

5 Ways Children Inspire Us

posted by Jana Melpolder

Let’s face it. We laugh when they laugh. We smile when they smile. Children remind us what it’s like to be happy with the simple things in life. Check out five inspiring ways that kids can help us to get back to […]

A Tiny Drop of Inspiration

posted by Jana Melpolder

“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” – Mother Teresa  Discover Inspirational Summer Quotes Movie Mom’s Best Movie Quotes 21 Ways to Do a […]

Video: Watch Arminda’s Story

posted by Jana Melpolder

This is Arminda. She is the little girl in the “Sponsor a Child” banner below. And this is her story.  

A Letter to the Mothers and Fathers of Bolivia

posted by Jana Melpolder

I am happy to say that this post was recently featured on the World Vision blog!   To the incredible mothers and fathers of Bolivia, This journey has been an opportunity to give a voice for the voiceless. To put a […]

There Are a Lot of Cute Things in Bolivia

posted by Jana Melpolder

Puppies. Babies. You name it – Bolivia’s got it. All photos courtesy of Amy Conner with World Vision.    

One Bolivian Mother’s Prayer Request

posted by Jana Melpolder

We were lucky to meet Moses, a little boy that will receive massive chest surgery on Tuesday, August 9th. Moses’ mother asked the World Vision bloggers to pray for her son – join us in the prayer we said for […]

So, I Met the ‘It’ Girls of Bolivia

posted by Jana Melpolder

They’re beautiful. They inspire us. Who are they? Celestine – Meet a woman who is a fierce example of what the love of a mother can do. When Celestine’s son was young, he wasn’t able to walk and play like […]

The Domino Effect of Sustainable Development

posted by Jana Melpolder

Bolivia can give a new meaning to the word community. The family structure is very important – and the bonds that people have together can be inspiring to lonely hearts everywhere. Luckily, a whole community can benefit from even one […]

Listening to the Voices of Bolivia

posted by Jana Melpolder

What do Bolivians hope for when it comes to their communities and families? Check out what ideas they’ve shared with me about the future! High-quality health care for their children Stop and reverse child malnutrition in their communities Higher wages for […]

The Deaf Can Hear

posted by Jana Melpolder

Sadly, the children with special needs in Bolivia might be overlooked. There can be many reasons for this. The parents might work and be away from their children. Another possibility could be that they suffer from drug addiction. They might love […]

A Snapshot of Bolivia

posted by Jana Melpolder

Check out the moments we’ve captured in Bolivia – and be sure to check back for more photos of our journey! Photos copyright 2011 Amy Conner for World Vision.  

The Force of a Tiny Mustard Seed

posted by Jana Melpolder

I have arrived in Bolivia. It’s cold. I’m freezing. And it’s awesome to be here. Our first day marked an incredible tour of the World Vision sites in the Cochabamba area, which lies in the vast mountains of Bolivia. We […]

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A Prayer to Keep Our Neighbors Warm
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The Most Powerful Moments of 2013
This past year has been one of growth, happiness, and challenges, both for the world and for myself personally. What has 2013 meant to you?

posted 11:04:52am Dec. 30, 2013 | read full post »

Fear on the First Anniversary of Sandy Hook
Tragedy struck the entire nation last year when a gunman killed 26 first-grade students and adults on December 14, 2012. The community has experienced grief beyond what most of us can understand. But with time, the slow and painful process of healing and forgiveness has already began. The Newt

posted 7:14:00pm Dec. 11, 2013 | read full post »

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