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The art of taking a deeper look

Noticing is a spiritual act Fred Rogers once said that “appreciation is a spiritual thing,” and that’s an idea that has a profound impact on what we believe and how we live. All throughout scripture, we’re encouraged to engage the world with a profound set of gratitude and wonder at the mystery of creation. When […]
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Sustainability is compassion

When we live sustainably, we live compassionately. Sustainability is both and act of selflessness and humility. When we choose to practice sustainability, we do so realizing that the things we do affect far more people than ourselves. It invites us to consider our own interests less than the interests of others, which is a great […]
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Statelessness, Status, and Solutions: A unique challenge in Thailand

Statelessness is a serious issue for many populations in Northern Thailand. Last month, the world’s attention turned to Northern Thailand, as a difficult and bold rescue operation sought to free a boy’s soccer team that had been trapped in the Tham Luang Cave for over two weeks. After surviving for weeks on a diminishing supply […]
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The climb up Kilimanjaro and out of poverty

A team from Plant With Purpose recently climbed to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. About a month ago, a group from Plant With Purpose took on the challenge of climbing to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. The group included Executive Director Scott Sabin and Board Chair Cindy Outlaw, along with family members, friends, supporters of […]
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Want to live more sustainably? It takes patience and persistence.

Living sustainably is living the way God intended. It takes grace. Sustainable living is a good thing. You already knew we wholeheartedly believe that. But living in a way that protects creation and honors its Creator isn’t just a good thing to do. It’s so much more than that. Living as a good steward of […]
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The changed life of Pablo

Ruta 1 transects the Dominican Republic from north to south. While it is a major road, an hour away from it sit a number of communities that are quiet. Rural. Often overlooked. Maizal is one of these communities. Here, you won’t find any banks, any grocery stores, or any major commercial areas. You’ll instead be […]
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What is environmental freedom?

Environmental degradation rids farming families of their ability to make choices The connection between people’s freedom and the environment isn’t one made very often. For an overwhelming part of the world’s population, however, the ability to make decisions hinges on the health of their ecosystems. Freedom is the ability to manage the gifts you’ve been […]
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From Myanmar to her own backyard, Na Kuh creates change

Conflict drove her family from Myanmar into Thailand. “We walked from our village into a border area, then into Thailand,” Na Kuh recounted to us. “There were two or three families together, with our children. It took us about a week to enter into that border area. While we were walking on the Burmese side, […]
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There's a reason God placed us right where we are.

Our homes are no mere coincidence. How often do you think about the reasons God has placed us in the physical locations where we live? Some of us might think about this quite a bit, especially if we’ve undergone a major transition or if we felt led to our current homes to work with the […]
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5 Voices to Pay Attention to in Environmental Solutions

Good leaders are good listeners. We don't always listen like we should. Noisy conversations online and in the media show that people are anxious to be heard. The demand for good listeners is high, the supply? Not so much. However, those who want to make a big impact will learn early on that listening is essential. […]
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Harambe! Harambe!

What does it look like to come together as one? Picture a stone church on the top of a small mountain.  In front of the church are garden beds, and just outside its entryway is a large patio. On the patio are a couple dozen chairs arranged in a circle. One by one, Tanzanian farmers […]
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How a healthy environment can keep fathers with their families

Fatherhood is extremely important. This Father’s Day, we’re taking the time to remember the importance of dads. Studies make it pretty clear that the presence of a father or father figure plays a big role in a child’s eventual success. Children with involved fathers, stepfathers, or father figures are far less likely to engage in […]
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For Julius, sustainability protects a family legacy

Julius’ farm is one of the most vibrant sites in his village. The village of Rombo sits high atop of its Tanzanian watershed. In one of the highest parts of Rombo, you’ll find a large farm growing bananas, sugar, cabbage, amongst a variety of other crops. The area surrounding the farm is a deep, lush […]
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For these hilltribes, change begins in the backyard

In Northern Thailand, ethnic minorities are creating much needed sustainable change by starting right at home. Life isn’t easy for the hilltribes in Northern Thailand. As ethnic minorities, many of them are subject to various forms of persecution and discrimination. Many of them are refugees and can remember a time of having to flee to […]
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Carolina and the courage to dream

As a young girl, Carolina pleaded with her father to allow her to go to school. He had not planned on sending any of his daughters to school. School fees were far too expensive and he believed home was the place for women. Immediate needs dictated life. Barren and unproductive land made it difficult to […]
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