Here at World Next Door, we love telling stories.  We love capturing what God is doing in the world and sharing it with you.  But our purpose is NOT to write articles.  It’s not.  We don’t exist to put words on a page!

The purpose of World Next Door is to get our readers (yes, that means you!) involved in social justice issues.  Whether it’s AIDS in South Africa, orphans in Ukraine or poverty in urban New York, we want to get you into the game.

It’s already starting to happen, too.

Since the creation of World Next Door, a small group in Indianapolis has sponsored the adoption of a Ukrainian orphan, a Midwestern mother of two is working on a shoe drive for kids in Kibera slum, a college-age reader is packing her bags for an internship with our friends at Zana Africa… The list goes on.

But here’s the thing… we know that there are a lot more stories out there that we haven’t even heard.

Share Your Story

That’s why we are creating a brand new section of the website.  It’s called “Share Your Story.”  It will be a collection of stories, articles and photo galleries, but these will be submitted by YOU!

Here’s what we’re looking for:

  • Stories of how you have personally responded to what you’ve read on World Next Door.
  • Photos (with captions!) of you and your friends getting involved in social justice.
  • Links to blogs, websites, initiatives, etc. that you have started because of something we’ve written.

Have you talked to a co-worker about an article you read here?  Tell us about it!  Have you decided to go on a short term trip because of something we wrote?  We want to know!  Did you see your world differently after reading one of our travel journals?  Share your story with us!

Ulterior Motives

Now, don’t tell anybody, but I need to confess something.  We have a secret motive behind starting Share Your Story.  It may sound like we just want you to tell us what you’ve been doing, but it doesn’t end there.

When you share your story on our site, you have the potential to change the lives of other readers… to give them ideas and inspiration for ways they can get involved themselves!

We want to use your story to further our mission.  You may not realize it, but the end of your story could be the beginning of another!

How to Share Your Story

If you would like to contribute your story to our site, email with any text, photos and captions you have.

Don’t be shy.  If you are at all worried about your writing or photography skills, we’d be happy to help with any minor text or photo editing you might need.  The important thing is that you get your story out there!

Now, the stories can be as short or as long as you want (within reason of course!).  I can’t guarantee that every story will be posted, but we will do our best to get your words up on the page.


As far as World Next Door is concerned, we will be taking a break from posting articles for the next few weeks while we compile these stories, make some tweaks to the website and prepare for our next “assignments.”   Remember, we’re not posting for a few weeks because we’re preparing to share your stories…

So what do you think?  Will you contribute to World Next Door?  Will you share your story with the world?

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About the Author: Barry is the founder and Executive Director of World Next Door. A storyteller, traveller and giant nerd, he lives to compel suburban Americans to get engaged with social justice and find their place in God's kingdom revolution. His ultimate dream is to adopt a pet monkey named Kevin.

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  1. Rob Yonan said... 


    September 21st, 2009 at 10:58 am  

    Okay, so it’s pretty intimidating to share any story in the context of these poignant posts for the World Next Door team. I mean, here I am, sitting in suburbia and what can I say?
    Yeah, I’ve been on my share of trips – always with a load of incredible teenagers along for the ride. And yes, the experiences and teams have always transformed me at some level.
    But what can I write?
    Well, when Barry & the team went to Kenya I began faithfully reading World Next Door virtually every day. Most of them are former students, which reflects my significant level of interest and ownership. It also explains why I added a daily reading from a
    Ukraine team blog in July, following one of our student ministry teams.
    So my morning would start with coffee and the newspaper.
    It was followed by time in the Scriptures, prayer and at least one book. Then – these blogs.
    It was as though the Scriptures came alive to me.
    The pictures and stories would grab my heart in a way that seemed to ‘set my face forward’ for the day. It was as though my internal compass was fixed.
    I mean this is stuff that’s becomes very real even though it’s across the globe!
    Of course it’s more meaningful because I’ve been to Kenya, but that doesn’t explain the impact of what I’m reading in the other posts. It only adds to the wonder for me.
    And no matter what I read in the Scriptures there always seemed to be something I’d read in one of the blogs that would amplify God’s heart out of His Word in a personal way.
    In fact, if memory serves me correctly, much of my early summer reading was in Proverbs! I can’t tell you how many times a proverb would stir in my soul as I read about Kenya or the Ukraine.
    I guess I can say it’s helped me be far more ‘attentive’ these days. Attentive to the eyes of those I see.
    I find myself looking and listening to their soul.
    Attentive to the choices I make.
    I find myself thinking twice when I pay bills, fill my calendar or clear it.
    Attentive to the Presence of God among us.
    I find myself listening hard for His voice in my ear as I walk through the day.
    I have no cool pictures to show.
    No video.
    But that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
    Thanks W.N.D. for bringing the heart of God alive to mine through what you see, experience and pass along!
    It’s like my daily ‘quiet time’ has become far more personal.

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