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I’m happy to report that we are back from our mini-vacation from posting articles. Starting today, you’ll once again be able to find regular new content on our site!
And to kick off this new season with World Next Door, I want to share a few updates with you…
As you may already know, one of our journalists, Jessica Shewan, is continuing her stay in Nairobi Kenya until late November. She will be writing more about Kenya’s post-election violence and the work of reconciliation being done by Karura Community Chapel. You can follow Jessica’s adventures in Kenya here.
In the meantime, I will be moving into downtown Indianapolis to “embed” with Shepherd Community Center. I will be living with a Hispanic family, spending time in our city’s struggling public school system, and doing “ride-alongs” with police officers in the neighborhood. I hope to explore issues of immigration, health-care, urban poverty and education, not to mention the incredible work being done by Shepherd in their community!
After that, our team will be pursuing new connections with organizations in Haiti, Panama, New York City and Vancouver, British Columbia. On top of all that, we will be preparing for next year’s summer internship (more on that very soon!).
New Volunteer Positions
Along with our expanded coverage of local and global issues of social injustice, we have an even bigger need for a committed team of volunteers.
One position I’ll highlight here is the “Copy Editor.” This is a really important role for us. Having someone with an eye for page layout and a knack for working behind the scenes with WordPress will free up our journalists to focus on actually writing, not wrestling with HTML! (especially with the mind-numbingly slow internet connections in many of the developing nations we visit!)
For this and other volunteer positions, head over to our Volunteer page to see how you can join the team.
One of the biggest needs we have right now is consistent monthly donations to help us with salary funds, website upkeep and travel expenses. But we realize that now is a bad time to be asking for massive donations.
That’s why we’re starting a new fund-raising initiative we’re calling “100-25-12.”
We’re looking for one hundred people to give just $25 a month. That’s all. Just 25 bucks! If we can reach that goal by January, we will be well on our way to becoming financially self-sufficient.
So what do you think? Will you consider joining our team in that way? Head over to our Give page for more information!
GCC Weekend of Service
Each year, GCC closes the doors of the church for an entire weekend while the congregation heads out to serve in locations all over the city. It’s a fantastic way for the church community to “get in the game” of social justice.
Anyone who signs up for the World Next Door project will get to be a WND journalist for a day (cool, huh?). They will “embed” in teams of two (one writer, one photographer) among various other projects throughout the city, telling the stories they hear along the way.
As of this morning, we still have 10 spots available, so if you are looking for a way to use your journalistic skills or photography talent for a great cause this October, look no further. Head on over to the registration page right away!
I’ve got to be honest. I really have no idea what’s next for World Next Door. Will we continue to grow quickly? Will we be able to accomplish our mission? And just where will our adventures take us next?
I don’t have the answers to those questions, but I do know one thing… It’s an exciting time to be a part of World Next Door!
About the Author: Barry is the founder and 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.