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All I Want for My Birthday

I probably should have done this last year, since I was turning THE BIG 4-0 and this idea would’ve been perfect then. Oh well. Better late than never…

My birthday is one week away. And I’ve been thinking a lot about how blessed I am. About how blessed most of us are. I know there are a lot of people reading this who are walking through the valley, and if so, I hope you know my heart goes out to you and I am praying for you.

But most of the people I know are pretty blessed as well. We have roofs over our heads, don’t have to worry about where our next meal is coming from, don’t have the threat of violence hanging over our heads. Most of us don’t worry when we go to bed at night if we’ll wake up the next day.

And it’s been hitting me harder and harder over the last year, at least, that we shouldn’t keep our blessings to ourselves.

So if you want to know what I want for my birthday? I’d like everyone who cares about me, if you are able, to donate just a small amount to a charity.

If you don’t know of a charity you would like to donate to, I have one I would like to recommend. It is the International Justice Mission.

IJM works all over the world in violent, war-torn areas, places that are brimming with slavery and sex trafficking. Places with broken justice systems, where the poorest people can’t even begin to think about lifting themselves out of poverty because of the nonstop threat of violence.

This group brings to the table specialists in justice: lawyers, investigators, social workers, activists, and other people who specialize in fighting for the rights of the poor and abused.

Money donated to IJM will help them provide rescue operations, care for victims of violence, investigation of cases, legal services, and the like.

You can read about the work of IJM here and donate here.

If you can’t donate? That’s okay. You can pray, or you can make yourself aware of these issues. You can consider ways to reach out in the future. If not to IJM, then certainly to other worthwhile causes.

Oh, and lest you think I’m just trying to get my friends and family to part with their hard-earned cash, lol…I’m going to donate, too.

Thanks for reading! And thank you for considering what you can do to help change the world.

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