Tag: Kindness Changes Everything

Hal Donaldson urges politicians to practice a year of kindness

In the video above, our co-founder and CEO delivers his speech to Missouri Lawmakers at the recent 2014 Governor’s Prayer Breakfast.

The following is an excerpt from a story at News-Leader.com by Jonathan Shorman. 

Convoy of Hope founder Hal Donaldson this morning urged a gathering of Missouri’s most powerful to practice a year of kindness.

Donaldson, president of the Springfield-based charity, gave the keynote address at the annual Governor’s Prayer Breakfast, a bipartisan event attended by hundreds of people and top names in Missouri leadership.

“If we will collectively dedicate ourselves to a lifestyle of kindness and compassion, 2014 can be a defining moment for our state and our nation, and in turn many of the problems that we face — those problems will begin to fade,” Donaldson said. “Friend, a year of kindness and compassion can absolutely change everything.”

Donaldson recounted how, as a child in 1969, his father had been killed by a drunk driver and mother seriously injured. The family who took him in for several months afterward changed his life forever. Donaldson said without their kindness, Convoy of Hope would never have happened.

Read the full story at News-Leader.com

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Albert Schweitzer, a theologian, musician and medical missionary precedes this quote with, “Constant Kindness can accomplish much.” The word “constant” seems to be intended as an allusion to Schweitzer’s later reference to the sun. When kindness shines as deliberately and consistently as the sun, it has no unbeatable foe. Clouds of hurt may come, but they also go. Unexpected storms of life show up on the radar and then pass through. Even night has its hours of hiding the sun. But kindness, when constant as the sun, will shine through the harshest of circumstances and without a glitch it will rise with warmth, light and power to change everything it shines upon.

So, as a Convoy of Hope family, may we shine like the sun with an unwavering kindness that melts insecurity, hostility, brokenness and uncertainty.

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Inspiration

Sitting in an all-staff meeting recently  I heard a story of a young boy who donated all the money in his piggy bank to support our efforts to feed kids around the world. Lemonade-stand-stories like this one have become familiar at Convoy of Hope but they never get old. All he wanted to do is help another kid in a far off place – a kid he’d never meet. The amount of money may have been small but the impact on a room full of Convoy of Hope employees was large. His small act of kindness lives on.

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Today’s quote comes to us from someone who is respected by essentially the entire planet as at least a moral genius and example of compassionate living. His thought is both simple and grand, but most importantly it is undeniably true. Try it out.

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We often get so caught up in our everyday routines, that we become too comfortable in life. And sometimes it is a simple act of kindness that pulls us off our routine to help someone else. You might have to go out of your way, change your schedule, miss an appointment or even give something up — but giving comfort to someone will be a just reward. We’re thankful for our many supporters and partners who go out of their comfort zone everyday to help us comfort the impoverished around the world.

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