Today I was looking through some old journals in search of a specific entry.  After flipping through nine separate journals, I finally found the one I was looking for: September 5, 2008.

I began to read.

“A few days ago I was chatting with Dad on the phone, and together we inadvertently came up with a revolutionary new idea that has swept me up into a whirlwind of writing, dreaming and thinking.  It was a vision that could very well set the course for the next few years of my life…”

Yep.  That’s the entry I was looking for.  Just a little over two years ago, in September of 2008, the vision for World Next Door was born.

Over the last few weeks I’ve been thinking a lot about how far we’ve come as a ministry already.  Looking back over how faithful God has been fills me with a sense of awe, as well as a sense of anticipation for what lies ahead.

That’s why I want to give you the chance to reminisce with me, even if you’re brand new to World Next Door.

Below you will find a list of great articles that you may have missed if you’re just now starting to read.  I encourage you to grab a cup of tea, settle in and let us take you once more to the world next door…

Sewa Ashram

During my 2008 trip to India (where the idea for WND was born) I had a chance to visit a shelter for the dying and destitute. It changed me. Big time.

Click here to read this article…

The Pillar

When I first visited Mission to Ukraine, I wrote an article about their crisis pregnancy ministry.  It’s a touchy subject, I know.  But what they are doing is changing lives!

Click here to read this article…

Bright Flowers and Barbed Wire

During her WND summer internship in Nairobi, Christine wrote a wonderful article about the disparity that exists in that city.  Wow.

Click here to read this article…


That same summer, I lived in Kibera slum in Nairobi.  It was an absolutely life-changing experience, and taught me, among other things, an important lesson about the power of water.

Click here to read this travel journal…

The Harvest

In late 2009, I had the opportunity to spend a month living in Panama.  One of the most fascinating and eye-opening experiences came as I went rice farming with an impoverished family.

Click here to read this travel journal…

A Clean Start

During her visit to rural Kenya, Jessica wrote a moving article about the power of an act as simple as washing a child’s feet.

Click here to read this article…

Out of Obscurity

On my second trip to Haiti, two weeks after the devastating January earthquake, I met a creative boy who had built a working toy helicopter out of trash.

Click here to read this article…

On the Streets: The Station

During my trip to New York City in March I lived homeless in Manhattan for four days.  Little did I know how much sleeping in a train station would change my understanding of homelessness.

Click here to read this article…

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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. Jim.M said... 


    October 30th, 2010 at 10:22 pm  

    This is an incredible place to connect with how God is moving in areas of the world where there is so much is need, and where people of faith stand between the darkness, and the dawn of His Kingdom.

    Barry, may He bless you abundantly with more opportunity to glorify Him, and may the readers of this online magazine be compelled to help the organizations who’s loving efforts you pour out here.


  2. Breanna Sipple said... 


    February 8th, 2011 at 8:14 pm  

    This post makes me rejoice in God’s faithfulness and goodness. Personally when I found out about WND only 12 days ago, I was blown away by the amazing vision, and I have really been blessed reading about how it came about.
    I started smiling when I realized that I, like you, refer back to my own journals entries to remember what God was doing, what I was thinking in what later became a significant time in my life. I started grinning when I realized usually I call my mom (like you called your dad) when I want to share about what God is showing me or when He’s up to something that might be really big (consequently, my mom gets a lot of calls…haha). God is doing so much through WND, and I loved reading a bit about where it began.

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