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Raising Funds to Plant Communities

Learn about my work to plant communities.

I believe the key solution to ending poverty in our world is by planting communities where people share resources and services with one another, so that no person is left in need of life’s most vital qualities (water, food, shelter, and friendship).

How do we plant communities which embody the principles of giving and sharing with one another?

Step 1 in planting a community is to build relationships with people who have a common interest in the mission, cause, and function of the community. Since our goal is to eliminate poverty, building relationships with those who are currently suffering from the injustice of poverty is crucial to establishment of the liberation we hope and believe our communities will bring to those in need of water, food, shelter, and friendship.

Step 2 is to locate and receive land, homes, or buildings to be used for the purposes of community shelter, space for growing food, and community gatherings. It is myhope to raise funds by providing free services in return for donations for the mission of ending poverty through community plants and receiving donations by traveling the world to campaign for solutions to global problems.

This is the beginning of my plans to help those on earth who need our help most. I hope that you will join me. Please feel free to say hi and let me know what you think about this solutions by leaving a comment below.

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The Church Is Not A Building – But It Does Own Many Of Them.

Many have come to the realization that “the church” is not a building – but it does own many of them. A building is merely materials constructed together to form a shelter for people from the elements. The Church, being committed to serving the poor, has HUGE spaces with which could be used for homelessness to end. I understand that many churches do provide shelter to those in need. But with the modern church moving toward a culture of marketing and performance, bigger spaces are being built to hold thousands of people for a Sunday morning, and are left empty, and guarded by security at night. What if that space were used for more than merely hosting a performance event? What if that space were used to do what I believe would actually make the church appealing to the world – service.

If a building is not being used to give people shelter from the elements for a night, feed those hungry, give water, and give clothing; it’s pointless and worthless having the building at all. Why are we afraid of opening our doors to those without shelter? Why are we afraid of each other?

We are not called to fear people but only God. When you fear God, all fear of people vanishes and all you can do is open your heart to others. My definition of a “spirit-filled church” has greatly changed. Much of the church views being “spirit-filled” as a feeling of atmosphere or lack of restriction in how people praise during the concert portion of the production. If I had the Goo Goo Dolls and Tony Robbins and I could create the biggest spirit filled church in the country based on those factors.

God doesn’t care how nice your facility is and whether or not the people feel comfortable there. However, much of the church has concerned themselves with tailoring their service for the new comer to feel comfortable – fear of man. This is born from a business mentality where we want new customers to buy our product. God wants you to be uncomfortable because that’s the only way this world has ever changed, and God’s will is that our world become like heaven.

Open your doors to those in need and you will really see the Spirit of God move. When did music become classified as “worship”? Sure, people worship with music, but somehow in our culture that has become the primary thing we call “time of worship.” When I walk into a building and see hands raised, people on the floor, dancing, singing, etc., I don’t think to myself “people are really worshiping here.” I don’t make an opinion at all, because that is not for me to judge. When I walk into a church where people are feeding the hungry, providing clothing, and a place to sleep, all out of a heart to simply love people with equal value to ourselves; there I know the people understand worship & love.

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Water Wells in Swaziland through Thirst Project

Thirst Project is a not-for-profit based in Beverly Hills, California with the mission to provide clean water to the entire nation of Swaziland, Africa.

This past summer I was honored to meet Thirst Project’s founder, Seth Maxwell, and other members of Thirst Project in Beverly Hills at their office. Their leadership has a tremendous passion for seeing the problem of people’s lack of clean water eradicated, and I am excited to share their information and invite to join in giving clean water to a nation in need.

On Thirst Project’s website, you can view their Campaigns where you can read stories of people in need of help, and donate whatever amount you are able to see that they are given hope through water, the most fundamental element of life. The following is an excerpt from the story of Sibusiso:

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“WE FIRST DISCOVERED THAT SIBUSISO’S VILLAGE DOES NOT HAVE SAFE WATER BACK IN 2010 WHEN HE CASUALLY SHARED WITH OUR TEAM THAT HIS ONLY DAUGHTER WAS SICK. AFTER SOME INQUIRY, WE DISCOVERED THAT SHE HAD CONSUMED DIRTY WATER FROM A CONTAMINATED SOURCE, BECAUSE THAT’S ALL THEY HAD ACCESS TO IN HIS VILLAGE OF EDLOZINI. NATURALLY, THIS SHOCKED THE TEAM, BECAUSE THEY’D SPENT WEEKS VISITING DOZENS OF OTHER COMMUNITIES WITH SIBU, AND ASSESSING THOSE COMMUNITIES THAT WOULD RECEIVE WATER FROM THE THIRST PROJECT, AND SIBU NEVER ONCE MENTIONED THAT HIS OWN COMMUNITY WAS IN NEED.

THE TEAM IMMEDIATELY ASSESSED SIBU’S COMMUNITY AND DISCOVERED THAT IT WAS A UNIQUE CHALLENGE. THE VILLAGE IS SITUATED ATOP A MOUNTAINSIDE AND THE SPRAWLY COMMUNITY IS HOME TO APPROXIMATELY 5,000 PEOPLE. BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT THE VILLAGE IS SPREAD ACROSS THE MOUNTAIN, DRILLING DEEP ENOUGH AND PROVIDING A WATER SYSTEM THAT WILL SERVE THE COMMUNITY’S NEEDS WILL TAKE MORE THAN A TRADITIONAL HAND PUMP WELL. IT WILL REQUIRE ONE OF THE MOST COMPLEX SYSTEMS THE THIRST PROJECT HAS EVER INSTALLED.

OVER THE PAST YEAR, WE SET OUT TO TRY TO FUND THE WATER SYSTEM NEEDED IN EDLOZINI. THIS PROJECT WILL COST APPROXIMATELY $59,000 USD. COLLECTIVELY, WE HAVE RAISED $19,000 BY THE GENEROUS GIVING OF SOME OF OUR MOST AFFLUENT DONORS AND DEAR FRIENDS. THAT LEAVES US $40,000 REMAINING TO COMPLETE THE FUNDING FOR SIBU AND EDLOZINI.”

Please visit thirstproject.org/campaigns to learn how you can help.

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Sleeping on Sunset Blvd.

CBS Studios Hollywood v1Last night, I chose to sleep on the sidewalk on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood, California.

There are homeless people sleeping on the streets literally about every 10 – 15 feet. Why? It would be easy for those who haven’t experienced it to say they are lazy or they should all get jobs at McDonalds, but many hold that viewpoint because they’ve never experienced homelessness and lack compassion in their hearts – and the lack of compassion in our society is the true source of homelessness.

When we see a problem, why is it for many of us our initial response is to find who to blame? Let’s put aside that as it adds nothing to the solution. Let’s put on compassion, open our heart, open our home, open our wallet, and start making a difference in someone who is worth just as much as anyone else. See beyond the appearance. Love, – D.R>

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