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Hope isn’t expensive

If you’ve heard Hal Donaldson speak, you know that he has a way with finding just the right words to make you aware of something that you already wholeheartedly believe in but never had words for. A couple years back, he was talking to our team and did exactly that when he said, “hope is not expensive, but it does cost us something.” If I remember right, Hal was making a charge for Convoy of Hope staff to go beyond our employment and find ways to give people hope with our personal lives.

You’re reading the last in a series about hope. We don’t have the corner on hope, but we experience all sides of it every day and we thought we ought to dedicate some blog posts to sharing the hope that we have with you. Catch up on posts one, two, three and four.

Odds are that your profession is not centered around delivering hope to people facing hard situations. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t spend yourself on behalf of others. Think of the places where people are: at work, at grocery stores, in the United States, around the world, driving, in parenthood, at school, at restaurants, at the beach (I have a few words for you if you’re at the beach.) The places where people are, are the places that need the hope you have. Giving hope to people where you are doesn’t require a change of profession, but it will cost you something. In most cases it will cost you time, some cases money, others a smile, but in every case the return will exponentially outweigh your investment. Jesus is probably most quoted for saying; “give and it will be given to you.”

Hope makes daily work of turning down people’s doubts while turning up the corners of their mouths. 

Try it out. Start wearing your hope on your sleeve, or maybe on your forehead. ZendayaHOPEblog

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Three Reasons to Celebrate Mother Teresa’s Birthday Today

If Mother Teresa were alive on her birthday today, she would be 104 years old. The Roman Catholic humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize winner died at the age of 87 in 1997, yet we believe there is great cause to continue to remember her life and celebrate the time that she spent here with us. Here are three reasons that we’re celebrating Mother Teresa’s Birthday and we think you should too.

No. 1 “Everyone can do something.”

We think Mother Teresa is a lot like you and a lot like us. She was a human being who understood her shortcomings and weaknesses yet still chose to use what gifts, abilities and resources she had to help others. Because of her self-awareness, she wasn’t afraid to challenge anyone and everyone to do something to help others.

Hal Donaldson, our president and co-founder, went to meet Mother Teresa in India years ago. Here’s his recollection of his conversation with the woman we celebrate today.

Within minutes of meeting Mother Teresa she had unknowingly helped set a new course for my life by asking me a simple question: “Hal, what are you doing to help the poor and suffering?”

“Nothing, really,” I answered honestly, wishing I could have had something better to report.

She looked at me kindly and said, “Everyone can do something.”

Shortly, after that meeting with Mother Teresa in India, Hal and his brothers began distributing food from the back of a pickup truck to families in need in California. In the years since, Convoy of Hope has reached around the world into the lives of more than 65 million people who are hungry, impoverished and hurting.

No. 2 “your next door neighbor.”

So often when we think of helping others, we think of somehow helping a child or family in another country. Which is great: we should be willing to help anyone and everyone who has need. Without your generosity, Convoy of Hope wouldn’t be able to provide healthy meals to more than 145,000 children in 11 nations. With that said, when we think about helping we should not just look “there,” but also “here.”

Mother Teresa is known for founding a work that has helped people in more than 130 countries, but she is most well known for her work in Calcutta, and for her service to the person in front of her. Recently we wrote about the time she said, “I want you to be concerned about your next door neighbor. Do you know your next door neighbor?”

No. 3 “just feed one.”

A few years ago Hal Donaldson was talking with his daughter about the kids that Convoy of Hope helps to feed. They got to talking about all the kids on the waiting list who didn’t have enough to eat. With young inquisitiveness, she asked something like, “If everyone just helped feed one, wouldn’t that be enough?”

Mother Teresa made a similar suggestion that, along with Hal’s daughter’s question, has inspired feedONE, an initiative of Convoy of Hope that aims to help bring an end to extreme hunger in our lifetime. She said, “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one.”

If you follow us on Twitter, you might have noticed Kobe Bryant and others wishing someone else happy birthday on our behalf.

Disney star and Hollywood Records multi-platinum recording artist, Zendaya, is turning 18 in a few days. To celebrate, she’s taking Mother Teresa’s advice.

Watch a video from ZendayaJUST FEED ONE

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Zendaya’s song benefits Convoy of Hope

Hollywood Records’ Platinum-selling artist, Zendaya recently released a cover of John Legend’s “All of Me.” Zendaya joined Max and Kurt Schneider to record the song with a portion of the proceeds going to Convoy of Hope.

“My generation has the opportunity to change the world,” says Zendaya. “With Convoy of Hope, I’ve raised my voice and I’m using it to give hope to people around the world.”

Zendaya has been an advocate for Convoy of Hope since Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of New York and New Jersey in 2012, promoting disaster response efforts by the organization. The singer urged her fans to text a $10 donation to help with relief efforts.

Since then, Zendaya has offered her voice and influence to tell Convoy of Hope’s story to her millions of followers on social media. In 2013, Zendaya also encouraged fans to support Convoy of Hope after tornadoes ravaged Oklahoma and when Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines.

Find the song on iTunes

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