Educatin’ myself on the gigantic world that is Facebook

We had the opportunity in my most recent class to research a social media tool. I use Facebook everyday for work and we had recently moved over to a non-profit Facebook page. I felt this was the perfect opportunity to dive in and learn all I could.

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Blogging is a lot like life

I got into blogging on a whim. We were headed that direction at work, and I wanted to learn the ins and outs of WordPress and blogging. I started by showing some of the crafty things I worked on at home, and now it’s morphed into a place to talk about things that make me smile—my family, God and volunteering.

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It’s a ‘being’ trip

Wesa and Steve

Beautiful Wesa and Steve before they head to Africa.

I am so happy! Lovely Wesa has written a post about her and hubby Steve’s quickly approaching (two days!) trip to Africa. If you recall I wrote a previous post about the amazing things God is doing there. If your heart is filled with joy, and you’d like to keep updated on what’s happening, check out this blog.

Now for the good stuff. Scroll on down to read Wesa’s thoughts…


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It takes a village

They say it takes a village to raise a child and I say, “Amen!” In today’s world, a community might be a better way to say it…and I got to see that first hand today.

I spent some time this afternoon looking at apartments with my CASA . One of my friends took time to show us what he had in his rental inventory.

He did this knowing she would be low income and not a “perfect” renter. He not only showed us what he had, but he printed out what would be available later that summer and what the rent would be.

He explained the process and answered all our questions. She left feeling a little more educated and little more sure about her plans. Is she going to rent an apartment from him? We’re not sure. But what a difference his interaction and time made.

Each of us is part of a community. Maybe your community is your family, maybe it’s your friends, but each of us is a piece of the larger community. How are you impacting your village?

P.S. My CASA is graduating this Sunday. Woo hoo! She has worked so hard wrapping up her classes while working almost 40 hours a week at her job. She’s so amazing!

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Stop being average

In my last post, I explained that our church is supporting a missionary family in Africa. Part of that work includes a school–the AIC Lare Oibor Child Development Center to be exact.

Our church was lucky enough to connect with Compassion International and ask if our congregation could have first dibs on sponsoring the children at the center. All the details were figured out, and the information went out.

Our little one is Napanu. She will be four in June.

Napanu, our Compassion International child

Little Napanu

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Sambura what?

I promised you another God moment and here it is. Our church supports a missionary family in Sambura Maa, Africa which is close to Meru, Africa. Wondering where that’s at? Take a look below.

Map of Africa & US

There’s been some AMAZING stuff happening there…too many amazing things for one post (more to come, I promise!).

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God’s hands at work

bicycles being worked on

An awesome friend helping one of the riders.

I love seeing God at work.

Some times you don’t have to look very hard.

I’m finding the more I let go of “me” the more I see God at work.

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Blue swirl representing chaosChaos, a storm of questions, a barrage of people, a million handouts, more paperwork on the horizon.

I felt like I had been put through the ringer after two hours.

And guess what?

I wasn’t even the one in the middle of the chaos. I was on the periphery as a support person for my 17-year-old CASA who will soon turn 18 and be “independent.”

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Weaving together a webinar

Webinar definition with highlight

This week’s assignment for E-Communication in the 21st Century was presenting information about a social media tool using the webinar software Adobe Connect.

Not a surprise to those who know me…I chose Facebook as my social media tool to cover.

We received great training a week earlier, but it still felt overwhelming. Adobe Connect is a very powerful program and there were so many options.

  • You can set up “pods” in the webinar room ahead of time and it saves everything when you leave. This gave me an opportunity to get everything organized, and feel comfortable with how the presentation would go.
  • Polls and surveys are easy to develop which provide interaction between the instructor and the class. The answers can be shown to the entire class or you can keep them just open to the instructor.
  • The chat pod makes it very simple to see what questions are coming in.
  • There wasn’t any lag time between my audio and what was heard on the other end. I practiced a handful of times with some of my friends, and it was just like we were talking over a phone line.

I know we barely scratched the surface of what Adobe Connect can do. I feel great having a webinar under my belt and look forward to offering them in the future!

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Watch at your own risk

Warning: this video is powerful. You might be amazed. You might be freaked out. Your heart might break. Your heart might jump out of your chest.

Whatever happens, I’m betting your wheels will start turning…

Seconds – I Am Second.

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