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Spend Your Next 24 Hours With Kindness

Our President, Hal Donaldson’s, new book Your Next 24 Hours — One Day of Kindness Can Change Everything was released today in-stores and online.

Through powerful stories of kindness lived out, this book shows the enormous difference we can make through small acts of kindness that can transform entire communities. Every encounter with another person is an opportunity to be kind.

We are celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Week this week by encouraging our staff and friends to join us in a kindness revolution. Each day, we challenge our followers to complete an act of kindness and encourage their friends to do the same. If you would like to join our kindness revolution, check out the challenges below:

Monday — Let someone go first.

Tuesday — Pay it forward.

Wednesday — Compliment a stranger.

Thursday — Homeless Care Kits.

Friday — Purchase Your Next 24 Hours for a friend.

We hope this week is just the start of a kindness movement that lasts for months — and even years — to come.

Go with kindness.

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Advocacy / Inspiration / Join The Convoy

Teamwork: Time Together Makes Us Better

Nothing invigorates and engages me quite like teamwork, partnership and networking.

My greatest joy at the moment is leading and serving with the Convoy of Hope International Program team. We have nearly 100 diverse and dynamic staff members, interns, volunteers and other great partners serving with us. Seeing the impact our collective calling is having around the world is inspiring.

Perhaps because our team is separated by great distances and we are so highly deployable, we cherish every moment we have together.

The conversations are rich, the camaraderie is robust and the sense of common call is remarkable.

In light of all of this, we understand that time together makes us better.

Every time we come together, we leave feeling renewed, refreshed and recalibrated. We love to connect, we long to collaborate and we have learned to honor one another and those we serve.

I want to encourage you to discover what we have come to know for yourself in new and exciting ways.

I am confident that as you build your team culture, you will discover all of this and more. There is nothing greater than sharing life together.

Believe me — it’s worth it!

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Inspiration / Join The Convoy / Staff Spotlight

Life Fights for Life

A scientist placed a plant in a room with no light. He was experimenting how long it would take for the plant to die from lack of sunlight. As the days passed, the petals wilted and turned brown. The plant struggled to live.

As he left for a trip, the scientist accidentally brushed the curtain by the door, which let a sliver of light into the room.

When he returned from his trip expecting to see the plant dead, he was astounded to see that the plant’s branches were stretching toward the thin beam of light that shone through the curtains. That tiny bit of light sustained the plant, even in surrounding darkness.

Every time I think of that story, I’m energized. To think that new life and new growth can form in just a tiny amount of light; that renewal and regeneration come from a single beam…especially now, as we’re surrounded by light with the spring season upon us.

This time of year is a favorite for many because the cycle of new life pushing its way out of the soil presents itself as a metaphor for our own lives. It’s as if we are all afforded fresh, new opportunities.

Just like the opportunities you, as a friend to Convoy of Hope, provide to women all over the world that enable them to grow crops and provide for their families. Through your partnership, we’ve been able to educate and train more than 5,500 women and girls in six countries around the world — 3,091 of those women were given seed capital to start their businesses.

Women who could not give their children food before are now running successful businesses, building their own homes and sending their children to school — things they never expected to be able to do.

Thank you for helping us give women a better life for their families — for being that sliver of light to a wilting plant.

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From The Founders / Inspiration

Walk for Water

Fourth graders at Rountree Elementary in Springfield, Missouri, spent six weeks studying water and the lack of access to clean water many people experience throughout the world. After hearing about the far distances people travel for water, the students decided to take action.

They designed and created their own water filters, and hosted a walk-a-thon where they invited other classes and community members to walk along with them. Through the event, they raised more than $500 to support Convoy of Hope’s clean water initiatives around the world.

“Through the walk-a-thon, our students had an opportunity to connect more with the situation faced by many without clean water and work for the money through sponsorships,” says Kelly Henkle, fourth grade teacher at Rountree “This gave the students more ownership of the money they donated.”

We are thankful for these awesome fourth graders that saw a need and wanted to do their part to help us bring hope to those who need it most!

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Little Heroes Help End Hunger

It’s not every day you meet a group of heroes who haven’t graduated middle school yet. But after hearing about children who suffer from hunger and poverty, kids from Mountain Top, Pennsylvania decided they wanted to help.

Michael, one of the oldest of the group, was saving up for something else but had a change of heart.

“He was saving up for an iPad,” his mom says. “But after he heard about One Day to Feed the World at church, he decided to give his savings to feed children instead.”

Katie worked hard to rake leaves and clean her room to raise money. It wasn’t as much what she did, but the attitude she portrayed that made it worthwhile. She knew every little bit she raised would go to help a kid like her.

Carlee called her grandma and asked if she would be willing to help her change the world. She packed her bags, headed to her grandma’s and did chores around the house to earn money. She didn’t stop there. After collecting that money, she wanted to give even more — she emptied her piggy bank and gave every last penny she had.

“I am forever changed by my involvement with Convoy of Hope,” says Pastor Debbie. “And it’s exciting to see our church kids get involved and raise money in fun ways to help other children.”

Without the hearts of people like Michael, Katie and Carlee, we would not be able to provide hope to the impoverished and suffering around the world. It’s kids like these who powerfully prove to us that no matter your age, you have the ability to change lives.

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