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Disaster Relief Buckets of Love and more…

Buckets of Love

The Arkansas Baptist State Convention is collecting “Buckets of Love”.  These are really helpful items for victims and their friends/family that are assisting in the clean up. See the brochure below and deliver the buckets by Friday to Central Baptist Church Conway, 3333 Dave Ward Dr, Conway, AR 72034.

Regarding relief supplies:

I’ve seen a need for more Gatorade and sports drinks, masks for the workers, and colors/coloring books for kids. In Vilonia you can drop off supplies at Beryl Baptist Church (Red Cross HQ).


Authorities are asking people to not self-deploy. If you’d like to volunteer you can put your name on the ABSC list here

Buckets of Love



Don’t wish me Happy Birthday – Part II

Empower people around the world with $25

Thank you for taking a moment to find out more about “Don’t wish me Happy Birthday” and my 2nd attempt to turn eyeballs into action.

Adult birthdays are often low key events so it makes the friendly flood of well wishers on Facebook that much more enjoyable. For 1 day your birthday event is prominently featured on the top right of your friend’s Facebook streams and this is small attempt to take advantage of that exposure to do something more.

Let’s change the world the a little bit today.

Instead of wishing me Happy Birthday I’m asking you to

Join Kiva

Kiva is a microlending site that turns lots of small donations from people like you and me into loans that help people around the world accomplish their dreams and provide for their families. Its radical and it works!

Narangerel is using the money to buy sheep in Mongolia

Narangerel is using the money to buy sheep in Mongolia

I’ve been a lender at Kiva since 2011 and I’m thrilled to say my donation of $25 has been lent out and repaid 3x. It is a real blessing to see such a paltry sum help people in Peru, Kenya, and currently being used by lady named Narangerel in Mongolia. I wait for the loan to be repaid and then I just pay a small processing fee to fund a new project.

I’m not made of money, we are expecting the arrival of our 2nd child in a couple of weeks and on a single income we have to watch our finances pretty close. I get frustrated by not having the resources to really make a difference in projects I believe in but that is one of the reasons I’m an advocate for Kiva. They take my little bit and turn it in to so much more. We both have a little bit don’t we?

But wait there’s more…

What if I gave you a free $25 to lend?

Done. Just join Kiva using my invite link, we will both be given $25 to loan for FREE.

I’m grateful that Kiva has Donor’s that step up and sponsor promotions to get more people involved in microlending. So thru their generosity I can give you $25 to lend for free. You’ll just pay a very small processing charge $3.75 I think. That covers admin cost and keeps the full $25 headed to the person needing the loan.

That’s it. That is the whole plan.

Pass it On

If you want to wish me Happy Birthday you are more than welcome to do so. I love hearing from friends. If you’d like to help make a difference in the world today I’d be eternally grateful.

After you join (or even if you don’t join) Would you consider helping spread the word about “Don’t wish me a Happy Birthday”? Just send your friends a link to or this blog post.

Thank you – Here’s to another 35 years. God Bless.




Please don’t wish me Happy Birthday

We are likely friends on Facebook so you will soon see that Wednesday today is my birthday. While its common practice to leave a birthday wish on a friends wall I’d like to ask something different.

Don’t wish me Happy Birthday.

It’s a kind gesture and I love hearing from friends but I’d rather have you do something much more meaningful today: Go Like “The Van”.homelessaaron_t584

The Van is a homeless outreach ministry in Central Arkansas headed up by my friend Aaron (a.k.a. @HomelessHeretic). It isn’t a faceless nonprofit with glossy brochures – it’s a radical man in a van driving to homeless camps and back alleys trying to meet the immediate needs of our homeless neighbors. The way he meets many of those needs are through people connected to this ministry via Facebook and Twitter.

The more people connected = the more work we can enable him to do.

That’s what I want for my birthday, for you to connect to this ministry to hear the stories and perhaps help meet the needs.

redarrowHow you can help

For more info on this ministry see their info page or check out the recent stories from THV and Sync Magazine.

And thank you for the Happy Birthday.

-photo courtesy of Sync Magazine, Photographer Arshia Khan