It’s a little hard to believe that it’s almost Christmas. And I don’t just mean, “Gee, that year sure went fast.” I mean, I’m in Panama. It’s a warm, beautiful day and I am relaxing in the breeze, suntanned from my most recent four day trek into the mountains. Images of sleigh-bells and snowball fights are noticeably absent here.

Nevertheless, it’s almost that time of year once again, and I have a few exciting World Next Door updates to share with you…

Jessica is Home!

First of all, Jessica Shewan is home from Kenya!

Jessica in Mombasa back in July.  Welcome home!

Jessica in Mombasa back in July. Welcome home!

Jessica was a summer intern with World Next Door in June and July, and stayed on for an additional four months as a WND journalist. Her fantastic articles ranged from interviews with widows in Nairobi to climbing Kenyan mountains to eating food in the remote Marsabit region

If you haven’t had a chance to read her content, head on over and check it out!


Gift Wrapping at Clay Terrace

If you live in the Indianapolis area, there’s an opportunity to hang out with the World Next Door gang and get your gifts wrapped in the process!

We will be wrapping gifts, accepting donations and spreading the word about WND at Clay Terrace Mall in Carmel, Indiana (click here for a map). We’ll be there at the following times:

Friday, December 11, 4:00pm-8:00pm

Friday, December 18, 4:00pm-8:00pm

Saturday, December 19, 4:00pm-8:00pm

Right now, we still need volunteers to help wrap gifts and we need more donations of wrapping paper, tape, ribbons, tags, etc.. If you want to get involved or donate supplies, email and let us know!

Our Christmas Wish-List

As always, World Next Door could not accomplish our mission without the help and support of readers like you. Take a look at our Christmas list and see if there’s anything you’d like to contribute!

  • $400 to help us throw our big February benefit dinner (news on that coming soon!)

  • One Nikon-compatible vibration reduction lens (18-105mm, 18-55mm, or 55-200mm would be fantastic!)

  • A licensed copy of Adobe Lightroom 2

  • One round-trip plane ticket to New York City in March (have any frequent flier miles lying around?)

  • $5000 for salary funds (We’re looking to expand our staff, but that’s hard when your only methods of payment are hugs and IOU’s!)

  • One mid-range Nikon Digital SLR for our interns to use this summer (Nikon d60, d80, d90, etc.)

  • An official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model air rifle with a compass in the stock, and this thing which tells time! (Kidding. I hope you get that reference!)

To help us with any of those, head over to or email us at


Well, that’s it for now. Stay tuned for more articles from Kenya and Panama, and get ready for a whole new set of adventures in the new year!

Have a wonderful holiday season!

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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. Dave Baldwin said... 


    December 8th, 2009 at 9:22 am  

    Hey Barry,
    Are there any projects in the countries you’ve been working in that need funds? We are thinking about what to do with our Christmas offering this year. We haven’t landed on anything yet. We have a couple of feelers out, but when I saw your Christmas wish list, just wondering about projects you may have elsewhere.
    Thanks man.

  2. Barry Rodriguez said... 


    December 8th, 2009 at 10:24 am  


    If you look at any of our “Articles,” you’ll find Next Steps on ways to financially support our partner ministries around the world.

    A few worth checking out:

    Truthseekers International in India (

    Mission to Ukraine in Ukraine (

    Zana Africa in Kenya (

    Karura Community Chapel in Kenya (

    Shepherd Community Center in Indianapolis (

    Nehemiah Vision Ministries in Haiti (

    Dead Wheat International Foundation in Panama (

    And don’t forget, it takes the financial support of our readers to make World Next Door possible in the first place! :)

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