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Discoveries of a Wanderer

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Fun Ways to Develop a Child’s Creativity

posted by Jana Melpolder

I originally wrote this article for Open Equal Free Thinking outside of the box begins in childhood. Just give children a box of crayons and off they go creating artwork from their imagination. Adults are often amazed at how they […]

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 […]

Lessons from 5 Fathers in the Bible

posted by Jana Melpolder

The Bible is full of stories that capture what fathers were like in Biblical times. Check out the ones I’ve selected below and see what modern fathers can learn from the stories. God the Father Christian beliefs teach that God […]

Tips to Help a Shy Child Enjoy School

posted by Jana Melpolder

This was originally posted on Open Equal Free It’s that time again! Children are returning to the classroom. Going back to school can be exciting for many kids, but for some who are shy and timid, being in a classroom […]

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 […]

How Do You Get Over Being Cheated On? Part 2

posted by Jana Melpolder

Recently I spoke with one pastor who was devastated after his wife left him for someone else. Meet Jason Vallotton, a man who went through the pain and forgiveness of a complete life change. Check out the first part of […]

How Do You Get Over Being Cheated On?

posted by Jana Melpolder

Several months back I interviewed Jason Vallotton, a man who became familiar with pain and devastation after his wife, Heather, announced she was leaving him for another man. In his book The Supernatural Power of Forgiveness, Jason uses his own […]

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 […]

What’s the Reality of Poverty?

posted by Jana Melpolder

Psalm Sundays: Thanksgiving and Praise!

posted by Jana Melpolder

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. It’s a time to reflect on what we are grateful for in our own lives. I thought this psalm was an ideal way to praise God for all the things He has done. What […]

Take a Quick Break and Laugh

posted by Jana Melpolder

Have you seen the Old Spice commercial? Check out Sesame Street’s hilarious take on the commercial that will make you laugh!!

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>> […]

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 […]

Serving the Families That Lost a Loved One on 9/11

posted by Jana Melpolder

Written by Jana Melpolder   America has been through a long and difficult journey throughout its 10 years after 9/11. This decade of loss and recovery not only belongs to Americans, but also to the family members that lost 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 […]

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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

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