Created by Recycle Your Faith.
Over the last several years, I’ve come into contact with a host of passionate, faith-inspired people and organizations that are living “everyday epics.” They have devoted themselves to understand, address and, in some cases, share in the needs of their neighbors, locally and globally. I consider it a privilege to help tell their stories.
A few of the most newsworthy of these efforts, based at some level in the Denver/Boulder, Colo., area include:
- Musana Children’s Home — It began as an orphanage in rural Uganda founded by three American college girls with little to no initial experience. It later expanded to include a school, which serves the surrounding community, and several agricultural projects. Our co-authored story from June 2010 highlights Leah Pauline, one of Musana’s co-founders. (See video above right.)
- Hope2Others International — In September 2010, I told how Dave Reierson uses his unique skill set as a handyman and airline pilot to help build and maintain water wells in clean-water-hungry places around the world.
- iEmpathize — Brad Riley has years of experience leading non-profits and local churches, but his life’s calling is now focused on helping to end child sex trafficking. iEmpathize officially launched in 2009, and, among many other projects, has created a powerful arts- and artifact-based experiential encounter to help raise awareness of trafficking.
- Cans for Hope — Barb Murphy started Cans For Hope (CFH) to help survivors of sexual trafficking, slavery and abuse reclaim their lives, as I noted in this November 2010 story. CFH recycles used metal to generate funds, then directs those funds to charities that assist victims of trafficking and abuse with their daily needs, medical and legal care, education, vocational training, and counseling.
- Mission of Healing Eyes — Founded by Jim and Molly Conahan and run by their immediate family and friends, this mission helps restore the sight of needy people in Mexico and Cambodia through bi-annual trips of medical professionals and volunteers. I profiled the Conahans in September 2010.
- The Adventure Project — Jody Landers and her friend Becky Straw, founded The Adventure Project in 2010 to increase investments in positive social enterprises around the world. I profiled Jody and her family in January 2011.
- North Denver Cares — In November 2010, I highlighted the work of Bryan Decker, who is technically retired, but who actually runs a local food pantry that gives away more than 1 million pounds of food per year.