On Meeting Friends

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I don’t have a very active social life. I usually stay home and only go out on selected occasions. I guess transferring outside of Metro Manila did that to me. Not driving, it is more difficult to commute here and thinking of the logistics that I have to bring both my kids along makes me rethink of going out and commuting to the metro to meet with friends. In turn, I have missed reunions and get togethers and opportunities to attend events.

It is safe to say that I have embraced fully this slower pace of my life. I have also a fewer set of friends. The friends that I spend time with are either from our homeschooling group in our area, church friends or my family members. This way, I get to build deeper relationships with people and not spread myself too thin. I am an introvert by nature and it does take a lot of energy for me to join group events.

Though I do want to meet new people from time to time, like-minded individuals who share the same passion as I do. It is my prayer that God will bring people who I can minister to or who loves Jesus and people I can learn from. I believe that God knows the desires of my heart and I can trust in His perfect timing. Through the years, I have learned that friends come and friends go, but God will always provide the friend that I need.

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Multinational Ministries Make a Difference

When many people think of a ministry, it’s easy to automatically think of a local capacity. However, many ministries have a multinational presence. This way of doing ministry gives pastors and their teams access to a greater number of people in need.

Many people who have international ministries are senior pastors like Ed Young. By reading Ed Young’s blog, you can learn more about his values and ministry activities. Some of the best-known pastors in large ministries are evangelical in belief, but pastors of all denominational backgrounds minister to people around the world. In many cases, these ministries establish a presence in other countries with a framework that allows building up of future leaders.

While not all ministry leaders are published authors, many are, and use their works in print to reach others. Having books in print serves a two-fold purpose. One is the fact that others in ministry can use this information to help reach out to their communities. Many writers have a way of communicating important truths in a way that appeals to people across denominational lines, and may even speak to people with no religious affiliation.

Speaking at Christian and other conferences is another way in which many leaders expand their ministries. Conferences are a good way for members of the public to interact with ministry leaders whom they would not have a chance to meet otherwise. Many who have attended conferences and had the opportunity to network with well-known ministers have thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

One of the traits that is very desirable for noteworthy ministers is a good communication style. Ministers regularly interact with people of different religious and philosophical persuasions, as well as educational levels. A good communicator must can emphasize key beliefs, without doing so in a way that goes beyond peoples’ understanding. Great communication skills, with the ability to explain ideas in logical ways, is one reason many popular ministers have a following that spans religious backgrounds.

The Internet and other types of technology have made it easier for ministers to reach and influence larger groups of people. Live streaming services help bring important worship services and other events to people who would never be able to attend them in person. One of the advantages of Internet streaming is the fact that viewers aren’t limited to what TV stations they have in their area.

Ministries with a larger reach often rely upon satellite campuses. These campuses provide additional worship locations, under the oversight of the founding pastor. In some ways, it is similar to a denomination or fellowship, with a much smaller group of congregations.

Another way in which ministers with a broader church reach minister to people is by allowing church plants. A church plant results in the formation of an entirely new congregation, usually with leadership trained under the sponsoring congregation. Even though these congregations have different leaders, they have a unified plan for carrying out ministry work. Current leadership models are likely to encourage growth of this type.

Reading Challenge for 2015

A few weeks ago, I posted my goals for 2015. One of them is to read more regularly so I am reposting this Reading Challenge I saw from my friend Roche’s reading challenge for 2015.

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I hope to feature the books that I will be able to read and check off from this list. Do you want to take the reading challenge for 2015 with me?

Philanthropists’ Efforts Change Lives

Due to the increasing concern of living conditions around the world, wealthy individuals engage in a large variety of philanthropic activities to increase the quality of life for people who are in poverty. Their compassion for others drives them to help disadvantaged individuals achieve their full potential. Philanthropists like Sukanto Tanoto strive to alleviate poverty by furthering educational efforts, running innovation programs and establishing plans to improve living standards.

Furthering Educational Efforts

Many well-known celebrities and less well-known wealthy people have contributed a lot to helping disadvantaged individuals receive an education. While some just simply donate money to a cause, others create foundations to host a number of educational programs so that people can have a chance to receive the education that will lead to future advancements. Some examples of educational efforts include, but are not limited to: school improvement, scholarship offerings, erecting new schools and providing grants to researchers. These philanthropists believe a good education will enable people to have more opportunities that will, in turn, lead to a reduction in poverty. Educational efforts are taking place in China, Singapore Indonesia and the United States as well as in other places around the world.

Many foundations participate in library creation efforts, and these are usually extensions of educational programs. Foundations work to build libraries in rural communities so that individuals will have a much greater chance to have access to information in a variety of formats.

Running Empowerment Programs

Along with these educational efforts, celebrities and philanthropists have established a number of empowerment programs. These programs have been designed to equip the community with skills so that they can achieve greater independence. Individuals can learn how to become entrepreneurs, receive vocational training, improve income through agriculture and grow sustainable enterprises. Empowerment programs are set up in a variety of rural communities throughout the world.

Engaging in Efforts to Improve Living Standards

Many people report that by taking advantage of many of the opportunities offered by these celebrities and philanthropists, they have seen a dramatic increase in living standards. To date, numerous projects have been set up to enable better access to clean water and health care. Wealthy individuals have also engaged in efforts to improve infrastructure, such as building roads in areas that were hindered by severe transportation difficulties.

Along with programs established to help people achieve their full potential, celebrities and other wealthy individuals also engage in environmental conservation efforts. Many of these people discourage deforestation and promote eco-friendly farming practices.

Because of others’ generosity, hundreds of thousands of individuals are able to achieve their fullest potential. If more of the rich population becomes as giving and helpful as these people are, poverty could likely be eliminated. More people who would otherwise never have the opportunity can achieve their dreams. Some have said that the cure for cancer may be inside of the mind of someone who cannot afford an education, and the ideas for some of the world’s greatest inventions may rest with those who can never afford to make them happen. When the impoverished are given a chance, they can contribute making this world a much better place to live. Philanthropists and other outstanding individuals set the stage for what other corporations can do to ensure the environment is sustainable for generations to come.

Musical Instrument Reviews

For our music lessons, we have been studying about G clef and F clef. We have learned that the guitar and the piano uses the G clef but the bass and the bassoon uses the notes on the F clef. Learning to play bass instruments is totally different as you are playing a different tune than what you usually hear from the song.

Therefore, if you are intereted to pursue your interest in playing bass intruments, it is imperative to read several bass and bassoon reviews to ensure that you are getting a quality instrument so you can learn and progress in playing the bass. Eventually, you might become a member of the ensemble and get to perform with the orchestra!

For a non-music person like me, reading reviews help me understand how I can help my children to pursue their musical interests!