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Discoveries of a Wanderer

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Slavery Still Exists in the Modern World

posted by Jana Melpolder

Slavery. Human trafficking. Kidnapped victims who are often smuggled or forced to migrate across borders. Slaves in today’s world are faced with daily fear and a lack of legal protection, leaving them without a voice when it’s needed most. Human […]

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The Most Powerful Moments of 2013

posted by Jana Melpolder

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?

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Fear on the First Anniversary of Sandy Hook

posted by Jana Melpolder

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 […]

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The United Nation’s “International Day of the Girl Child”

posted by Jana Melpolder

This week we mark the UN’s International Day of the Girl Child on October 11th. The day was created by the United Nations General Assembly to help promote opportunities and equal access for girls everywhere. The UN created it to increase […]

The Reasons Why Kids Crave Fast Food

posted by Jana Melpolder

Parents are up against a whole host of problems when they’re trying to ensure that their kids eat healthy. Sure, they have the power in the end to say “No”, but industry works together to entice a child’s mind and […]

Is There Forgiveness in the Trayvon Martin Tragedy?

posted by Jana Melpolder

Oakland, California is a small city filled with diversity and a powerful history that continues to unfold in surprising ways. The “not guilty” George Zimmerman trial verdict left many Oakland residents angry, and some even took to the streets to […]

A Prayer for a New Baby

posted by Jana Melpolder

The #royalbaby watch is underway, and throughout all the excitement, hope (and even annoyance for some), it’s a time to pray for the safety for the mother and child. But it’s also a time to remember the little ones born […]

New Yorkers React to the George Zimmerman Verdict

posted by Jana Melpolder

What did you think of the recent verdict from the George Zimmerman trial? Were you surprised, outraged, saddened, or something else? Watch what New Yorkers recently had to say, and share your own thoughts!

What Do Different Religions Believe About Abortion?

posted by Jana Melpolder

Watch here for a deeper understanding of what Christianity, Islam, and Judaism teaches about abortion. The answers may surprise you. I am pro-life, and what are you? Share your thoughts with me in the comments section!    

Parents of Sandy Hook Victims Speak Out at Press Conference

posted by Jana Melpolder

This is a powerful piece. Simply put – love wins. Video comes from Odyssey Networks.

Comfort Dogs Aid Healing Process After Sandy Hook Shooting

posted by Jana Melpolder

Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dog program landed in Newtown, Conn. less than 24 hours after a gunman killed his mother, 20 school children, 6 adults and himself. The program, which started in 2008 after a shooting at Northern Illinois […]

Map of Children’s Global Health Initiative

posted by Jana Melpolder

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Catholics for Obama

posted by Jana Melpolder

Stephen F. Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies and a national co-chair of Catholics for Obama, explains his thoughts on the current president and the Democratic Party’s platform. As he discusses same-sex marriage, caring for […]

King of Morocco: “Enable Young People to Develop Their Skills”

posted by Jana Melpolder

This post was originally published on Open Equal Free The Moroccan monarch, King Mohammed VI, declared that the government needs to pay more attention to the national education system. He made his announcement on the 59th anniversary of the Revolution of […]

Household Chores Hold Girls Back

posted by Jana Melpolder

This was originally posted on Open Equal Free Young girls around the world are faced with a very difficult sense of reality. Often when one or both parents are unable to care for the home or family, a daughter will […]

Sudanese American Women Are Encouraged to Further Education

posted by Jana Melpolder

I originally posted this on Open Equal Free – check out the site! Women who left the worn-torn country of Sudan were given a clear message at a recent conference: the path to success in the United States is paved […]

Are You Thirsty?

posted by Jana Melpolder

Image wanting to take a shower. Or cook food. Or take a drink – and all you had was water that looked like this: This is a reality that many people in Kenya are dealing with on a regular basis. […]

Child Trafficking in Modern Day

posted by Jana Melpolder

Take a look at the devastation that comes from child trafficking – the forced prostitution of children and young adults. The Salvation Army, among other faith-based groups, are working to stop this from growing. Check out for yourself the sad […]

The Church’s Involvement in the Immigration Debate

posted by Jana Melpolder

The ever-popular immigration debate is getting some heat, and Alabama’s new immigration law is creating strong reactions on both sides of the debate. What should the Christian community do when it comes to immigration laws? Are we to stand by the government or argue against it? Check […]

1 Man, 3 Wives, and 24 Children

posted by Jana Melpolder

I recently interviewed Joe Darger and his three wives Alina, Vicki, and Valerie to capture what life was like for this polygamous family and their 24 kids. Check out how Joe describes the polygamous lifestyle. Read the entire interview here>> […]

A Glimpse Inside a Polygamous Marriage

posted by Jana Melpolder

What’s life like for one man, his three wives, and their 24 children? I recently interview Jim Darger and his wives Alina, Vicki, and Valerie to find out! Check out a short video where they take us through daily life […]

Village Life in India

posted by Jana Melpolder

Village life is more complex than what merely meets the eye. At first glance, there’s a small community of people that have spent their entire lives together in close-knit relationships. But look deeper, and you’ll see an amazing array of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

What’s World Vision Already Doing in Bolivia?

posted by Jana Melpolder

World Vision has been active in Bolivia for a long time, but what has this Christian Organization been doing on the ground? Watch how World Vision workers are utilizing community resources to help Bolivians gain access to education, human rights awareness, […]

A Deeper Look at Poverty

posted by Jana Melpolder

What is the definition of poverty? What does it mean to be poor in today’s modern world of multi-car families and HD television sets? Does poverty have the same effects all around the world?   Apparently, no. Poverty can be […]

‘Half the Sky’ Is a Must-Read

posted by Jana Melpolder

Not only does the book Half the Sky show what life can be like for women around the world, but it also absorbs you into the reality that many young girls face.   To read this book takes a bit […]

A Trip to Bolivia with World Vision

posted by Jana Melpolder

The opportunities that God places at your doorstep can be amazing.   On July 30th I will be traveling with World Vision staff members and several other American bloggers to Bolivia – a country full of history, mystery, and hope. […]

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Slavery Still Exists in the Modern World
Slavery. Human trafficking. Kidnapped victims who are often smuggled or forced to migrate across borders. Slaves in today's world are faced with daily fear and a lack of legal protection, leaving them without a voice when it's needed most. Human trafficking cases have been reported within every sing

posted 1:55:35pm May. 24, 2014 | read full post »

5 Surprising Things You Didn't Know About the Super Bowl
It's time for the Big Game! Americans, including myself, will be all too-happy to indulge in two of the USA's favorite traditions - food and football. Check out this video from Odyssey Networks that gives us surprising facts to the Super Bowl.

posted 3:32:39pm Jan. 31, 2014 | read full post »

A Prayer to Keep Our Neighbors Warm
The Polar Vortex is no joke - North America has recently experienced extremely low temperatures that's made most of the country nearly shutdown. The negative temperatures outside have left many stranded in airports, unable to go to school and work, or just frustrated by the relentless cold. Sadly,

posted 5:12:35pm Jan. 07, 2014 | read full post »

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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