2 ways to help GOD Int'l. through The Big Payback!

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Every Light Shine Candle is poured with purpose:

to support the programs and projects in which we serve with Global Outreach Developments International. (If you haven’t read up on our work in Nashville and El Salvador, take a moment and read our story.)

You too can help GOD Int’l. in a couple of ways through The Big Payback, an annual event of giving here in middle Tennessee. (Not in Middle Tennessee? You can still help! Read on.)


Help GOD Int’l. with a picture on Instagram! #MyPaybackPic Instagram Contest

Post by 11:59pm on 4/29

Post your #mypaybackpic on Instagram by 11:59pm on 4/29. Use the printable below and follow contest guidelines in this blog. Thanks for your support!

Post your #mypaybackpic on Instagram by 11:59pm on 4/29. Use the printable below and follow contest guidelines in this blog. Thanks for your support!

Did you see my snazzy pic in my shop with #mypaybackpic for GOD Int’l.? Well, today is the last day to show support for Global Outreach Developments International The Big Payback participant by taking a picture, tagging it #MyPaybackPic, and sharing it on Instagram! The participating nonprofit with the most unique mentions as of 4/29 at 11:59 p.m. CDT will win a $1,000 grant check.

#MyPaybackPic runs through 11:59pm CDT on Monday, April 29. The benefiting organization will be announced by noon on Tuesday, April 30. The #MyPaybackPic contest is not sponsored, endorsed by or affiliated with Instagram.

HOW TO ENTER

  • Print the #mypaybackpic template below or create your own.

  • Identify GOD Intl. and why you choose to support them for The Big Payback.

  • Take a photo holding your sign, caption it with #MyPaybackPic.

  • Tag 3-5 of your friends, asking them to join in on the fun by supporting their favorite participating nonprofit.

  • Be creative, but write your message loud and clear so it can be seen in the photo.

OFFICIAL RULES

  • This promotion is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Instagram.

  • The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee will award a $1,000 grant check to the participating organization receiving the most mentions by unique users uploaded to Instagram and tagged with #MyPaybackPic.

  • The winning nonprofit organization must be registered for The Big Payback on May 2, 2019.

  • Only one entry per Instagram username.

  • Submissions must be made from a public Instagram profile. If your account is set to private, please change it for the duration of the contest in order for your #MyPayBackPic to count.

  • By entering, entrants confirm they are 13 years of age or older, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram's terms of use.

  • All entries will be reviewed and may be shared or republished by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. 

Print and use this template for the #mypaybackpic Instagram competition.  Ends 4/29 at 11:59pm!

Print and use this template for the #mypaybackpic Instagram competition.

Ends 4/29 at 11:59pm!

Donate through The Big Payback on May 2nd

The Big Payback is an online giving event hosted by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, on Thursday, May 2nd.

Targeted at local nonprofits, this event aims to "pay them back" for the ways they give to their community year round. In five years, the event has raised $12.5 million for nearly 1,000 organizations.

Starting at midnight on Thursday, May 2, donors can give online to any nonprofits listed in The Big Payback directory. Nonprofits who rally the most participation, in the number of funds raised or numbers of unique donors, receive cash prizes ranging from $250 - $5,000! You do not have to be from TN to participate.

The funds raised through this effort will be used to continue serving the poor and marginalized in Nashville and around the world. Help multiply resources through this community fundraising campaign!

You can pre-schedule your giving now so you don’t miss The Big Payback event!

Grants are for largest number of unique donors and total funds raised. So consider dividing your giving among members of your household. Each gift helps — starting at $10!

What Can You Do?

Contribute to G.O.D. Int'l: 

  • Visit G.O.D.'s profile page on The Big Payback website and donate on May 2nd (or pre-schedule a donation now). 

  • Prizes are only available for donations given on that day, so while we appreciate your support any time, it will multiply on the day of #TheBigPayback.

Share G.O.D.'s involvement in The Big Payback with your friends, and encourage others to make gifts during Middle Tennessee’s largest online giving day.

Thanks so much for helping us give back even more!

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Teaching Spanish to bridge understanding

courtesy of www.godinternational.org

courtesy of www.godinternational.org

Each week since August, I’ve been teaching a high school Spanish course. It’s been a truly full circle experience for me as I began to explore Spanish in high school — now 18 years ago! Since then, the Lord has used Spanish in many ways to open my eyes and my heart to the world around me, a world that is full of people in need. My brothers and sisters around the world do not live with the opportunities to meet the necessities common to all humankind and that has compelled me to give my best to make this world better.

As I teach Spanish, I don’t just teach grammar — though I certainly have many a nerdy moment over the mechanics of language and enjoy it to the max — I do my best to give my students a cultural and political sensitivity. I want them to not only hear, but also understand the perspective of our Spanish speaking neighbors in Nashville and Latin America alike in order to build unity.

I wrote a blog for G.O.D. International about my work teaching Spanish with several other volunteers serving towards the same goal. Read more here >> Love Your Neighbor, Learn Their Language.

As always, thank you for helping us do what we love. :)

If you would like more information on how to serve neighbors in your community, don’t hesitate to drop me an email at lightshinecandles@gmail.com.

Like our candles, but LOVE our cause?

We’d love your support! Our subscription box, The Shine Club, helps us give monthly to programs and projects in El Salvador through Global Outreach Developments International. 2 curated candles each month to your door that give back. win, win, win. >> Click here to sign up.

A conference for 200+ Salvadoran teachers

Magdalena teaches math to elementary students and English to junior high and high school students. Our team is equipping her through conferences and a publication in Spanish with practical tools to better serve students and their families.  (Photo and caption via Global Outreach Developments International.)

Magdalena teaches math to elementary students and English to junior high and high school students. Our team is equipping her through conferences and a publication in Spanish with practical tools to better serve students and their families. (Photo and caption via Global Outreach Developments International.)

Our team of development workers with G.O.D. International facilitated a teacher’s conference for over 200 teachers from across the country of El Salvador. My husband, Rafael, was one of 7 delegates on this trip. He served by not only translating but also conducting a seminar on the importance of teacher’s sharing stories in the classroom.

Because of your support through Light Shine Candles, we were able to send Rafa, paying for his airfare and traveling expenses as well as make a donation $300 towards the cost of facilitating the conference, which was free for the Salvadoran teachers to attend. Your partnership truly makes a difference in helping us serve our neighbors who are very much in need. The resources otherwise available to these teachers are very limited. We believe that by equipping them, we are serving their students, their families and their communities.

To read more about the October teachers conference, check out these articles by 2 of our fellow team members on the G.O.D. International blog:

Influencing a Nation of Teachers by Betsy Johnson

Equipping Teachers to Empower Girls by Elise Gerard

As always, thank you for helping us do what we love. :)

If you would like more information in getting involved with equipping teachers in El Salvador or how to serve neighbors in your community, don’t hesitate to drop me an email at lightshinecandles@gmail.com.

 

"Can you teach my mom English?"

English classes are happening in Madison, TN thanks to campers from Camp Skillz who asked the camp staff if their parents could be taught.

If you read my last blog post, you know that Mr. Light Shine worked (again) this summer to provide a phenomenal camp experience to our under-served neighbors with Camp Skillz. In a totally unexpected turn of events, our family is blessed to be a part of providing English classes to the enthusiastic parents of these campers. To read more about these ELL (English Language Learner) classes, checkout the article over at Global Outreach Developments International.

 

Mr. Light Shine serves as director for a program of English classes in Madison, TN for the parents of summer campers he counseled this summer. Our whole family is excited for this project and will be volunteering over the kids’ fall break.

Mr. Light Shine serves as director for a program of English classes in Madison, TN for the parents of summer campers he counseled this summer. Our whole family is excited for this project and will be volunteering over the kids’ fall break.

We are truly so excited for this opportunity to serve. Our oldest daughter, Sarieli, is anxiously waiting for fall break in just a couple weeks as we’ve promised that we’ll take the whole family to go help daddy and the team with these classes (the 7-9pm time-frame hasn’t let me get the kids out there yet). It’s moments like this when we can involve our kids in ministry that help them solidify the lessons they’ve been hearing. They know I’ve been making and sending baked goods to “daddy’s English classes” for the past month, but who eats them? And what do you mean they are our neighbors? And why do they want to learn English? These are wonderful conversations we have been having and I’m greatly anticipating the moment when our kids get to participate in the special moment that’s happening out in Madison every Tuesday night.

 

As always, thank you for helping us do what we love. :)

 

 

If you would like more information in getting involved with teaching English or how to serve neighbors in your community, don’t hesitate to drop me an email at lightshinecandles@gmail.com.

 

Photos courtesy of Global Outreach Developments International.

 

 

 

 

 

Changing communities with Camp Skillz this summer

Mr. Light Shine (bottom left) with campers, coworkers and volunteers at Camp Skillz in Madison, TN. Rafa served as Site Director, coordinating edifying times of fun for children in need.

Mr. Light Shine (bottom left) with campers, coworkers and volunteers at Camp Skillz in Madison, TN. Rafa served as Site Director, coordinating edifying times of fun for children in need.

My husband, Rafael (AKA Mr. Light Shine), had the privilege of working as Site Director for Camp Skillz in Madison, TN this summer. This was the stuff of dreams — giving yourself every day to making your community better and being able to support your family. Camp Skillz is a program of Global Outreach Developments International that gives meaningful day camp experiences to poor and under-served families around Nashville. Rafa’s program site was located in a trailer home community just 10 minutes from our own home.

I facilitated a 2 day candle making workshop for campers. Through this craftivity, we discussed the importance of diversity and that sharing words of gratitude with others is a way we can shine light in this world.

I facilitated a 2 day candle making workshop for campers. Through this craftivity, we discussed the importance of diversity and that sharing words of gratitude with others is a way we can shine light in this world.

 

Camp Skillz has been operating in 2 other locations in Old Hickory and Antioch for a number of years, but this was the first summer for the Madison location. While families were initially hesitant to enroll their children, the response at the end of the summer was overwhelmingly positive. Campers had fun with sports and games but also learned skills like bicycle maintenance and, of course, had a candle workshop from yours truly. Above all, every activity emphasized building character like patience, kindness, gratitude and appreciating diversity.

Our family is thrilled to have been a part of bringing such care to the neighbors in our community, especially at a time when so many would prefer building walls to building community.

To read more about Camp Skillz Madison from this summer, checkout this excellent article on the GOD Intl. blog.

Thank you for helping us do what we love. :)

 

If you would like more information in getting involved with Camp Skillz or how to serve neighbors in your community, don’t hesitate to drop me an email at lightshinecandles@gmail.com.

 

Bottom right photo courtesy of Global Outreach Developments International.