World Soil Day

What's Important About World Soil Day
Christian Post, December 5, 2017
It ain't just dirt.
Playing in the dirt is typically reserved for young children and pigs. But getting down and dirty is more important than you might think. It is estimated that 95 percent of our food is directly or indirectly produced on our soils. This includes everything from grains such as wheat and rice to vegetables and fruits and even the meat and dairy animals that depend upon soil-grown plants for their food too. Healthy soils produce healthy plants which help feed healthier humans.
Soils serve many purposes.

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LiveBeyond in Fox News

On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Here's a Story of a Remarkable Boy
Fox News, December 3, 2017
When I first saw Chinyelo, he was covered in dirt and mud, walking on his hands through his village in Haiti. His T-shirt was ripped. He was hungry. He was not well-cared for. He had never been to school. We don’t know exactly why his legs have never worked, but our best guess is that he had some sort of traumatic injury at birth.
I am sharing Chinyelo’s remarkable story now because Sunday is International Day of Persons with Disabilities, created by the United Nations in 1992. It is a day to think about people who don’t get the attention they deserve.   

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World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day: Christians Need to Take a Stand
Christian Post, December 1, 2017
HIV is a virus just like the common cold, influenza, or plantar warts. But ever since its discovery in the 1980s, a stigma has been attached to HIV/AIDS, classifying carriers of the disease as "unclean." This is primarily due to the nature of transmission: sexual transmission or infected fluids. Globally, close to 37 million are infected with AIDS, so this isn't an issue that will be going away any time soon.

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World Toilet Day

Why Today is World Toilet Day
Christian Post, November 19, 2017
World Toilet Day seems like an excellent excuse for a plethora of bathroom humor memes. How can toilets, of all things, be an exciting topic worthy of its own day? But according to the United Nations, approximately "4.5 billion people worldwide do not have access to a household toilet that safely disposes of waste." That's 60 percent of the world's population. So perhaps toilets are more important than one might think.

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World Prematurity Day

When There's No Logical Reason for a Teeny, Tiny Baby to Survive
CharismaNews, November 17, 2017
According to the World Health Organization, approximately 15 million babies are born prematurely each year. Among those that survive, many suffer from lifelong health problems like cerebral palsy, developmental delay or sensory loss. March of Dimes estimates that nearly 1 in 10 children in the United States is born prematurely. Thankfully, the creation and use of neonatal medical technology has significantly increased the potential for American babies to have a fighting chance. But what happens to babies in the developing world, who don't have access to such life-saving technology?

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LiveBeyond In the News

2 Months After Harvey, Houston Has Millions in Donations - But Surprisingly Few Volunteers
Faithwire, November 2, 2017
The media and news cycle is pretty much done with Hurricane Harvey by now. Two other hurricanes have hit, there’s the Syrian food crisis, and another Harvey (the Weinstein kind) is making news for victimizing dozens of individuals.

Besides, it’s been two months. Houston is “fixed” by now, isn’t it?

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Kerrville Taught Me How to LiveBeyond

By: Devin Vanderpool, Director of Communications


I knew, even at a young age, that I was blessed to be growing up in Kerrville. There is just nowhere else in Texas (or the world, for that matter) in which one could find such a spectacular combination of country living, sports fanatics, healthy church life, and some of the best barbeque and Mexican food around. I had the privilege of being cast in plays at the Callioux Theater and the Point Theater. I danced in ballet and tap recitals; I participated in church outreach activities. I even got to go to state in Mock Trial and girls’ basketball.

But the best thing about living in Kerrville was seeing how much folks cared about each other. I can’t tell you how many times my parents dragged me to some hospital room to visit one of their sick friends. Or how often I helped people with lawn maintenance through youth group outreach. Or how amazing my teachers and coaches were at encouraging me to do the right thing.

And all of this taught me that I wanted to take my little piece of Kerrville and share it with the world. I couldn’t take the bluebonnets with me, but I could take the hospitality. And that’s one of the many reasons I ended up in Haiti.

Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. I have had the privilege of traveling to India and Ukraine and Ghana, and the poverty just doesn’t compare. I have seen people starve to death, moms and babies die in childbirth, special needs children mistreated. And after knowing what the world should be like from my life in Kerrville, I just couldn’t stand by. So, I moved to Haiti for two years to teach Creole Literacy classes for adults and English as a Second Language classes for adults and children. And now I work from Fort Worth for  LiveBeyond as their Communications Director. I am honored to get to share the kindness that I grew up knowing in Kerrville with the world. My Haitian friends Sophie and Badi and Mackendy may never know where Kerrville, Texas is, but they have experienced it in some small way through big Texas hugs and friendship.

LiveBeyond In the News

Zombies Are Not Just Horror Fiction: I Know One
Charisma News, October 31, 2017
Zombies are a pop-culture phenomenon right now. Pretty much every popular television show out there has an episode about zombies. Millions of Americans are obsessed with Walking Dead. Zombies are a popular Halloween costume. But I just can't quite bring myself to share in the zombie fascination trend. Why?
Because I know one.

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