|Greetings!As this year draws to an close I want to say “Thank you” for your partnership. It has been an amazing year with lots of opportunities to help individuals, neighborhoods and groups take hold of their giftedness and the amazing abilities we all have. We also have spent good time in equipping and training others in holistic community development.
As we move into 2011 will you please consider supporting the work of LifeLine CDC.
How much is a changed life worth? How much an empowered community?
- A year end gift of $5,000 would help with the set up of a community center.
- A $6,000 gift would cover our liability insurance for the year.
- $500 would purchase a laptop computer
- 120 monthly commitments of $62.00 ($2.00/day) would sustain the regular operating costs
We have a saying that “Everyone has a need. Everyone has a gift.” Read the story below to hear about just one example:
I happened to be at one of the community events that LifeLine CDC encourages to empower under-resourced communities. A group was helping children make Christmas gifts for their parents and I noticed a little 7 or 8 year old girl sitting by herself and not participating. When I asked her why she didn’t want to make anything she stated that she could not draw and that her friends would make fun of her. After some coaxing she was still not willing to try to decorate the ornament. So we sat together and had a conversation. We spoke about the uniqueness of every person, the giftedness of everyone. I shared some of my personal story of being told that I was not good and that even as a grown-up God had to remind me that He created me and that there was no-one else like me. She clung to every word I spoke and I encouraged her to give it a try. I partnered her up with one of the youth leaders who gave her some ideas… and sure enough she came back a few minutes later and showed me her creation…. and for the rest of the evening she came every time she finished something and showed it to me. Did this little encounter make a difference in her life? I am sure! Will it change the way she will look at herself? I sure hope so! Will this ‘fix’ her insecurities forever? Probably not, that will take many more encounters with people who empower her, encourage her, give her opportunity to grow and dream.
This little girl belongs to a neighborhood, a community that is often told that they are not able to accomplish anything. Years of hand-outs and assistance have left them doubting their own dignity. Lack of a good support system or an encouraging word have left them sitting on the sidelines. Years of living isolated lives leaves them without a good support system.
At LifeLine we believe that people have skills and passions and dreams that can be uncovered, that neighborhoods can change, and people can engage, and places on a map can become communities again. We believe that “Everyone no matter how rich has a need and everyone no matter how poor has a gift and that is why we build and celebrate community.”
We know that hand-outs were never intended for long term use and and our focus is on Asset Based Community Development a way of empowering individuals and communities in taking ownership in their choices, actions and dreams.We don’t do this alone, we partner with churches, non profits, and organizations to get this done.
We have two passions:
- To equip and train others in the use of ABCD principles and practices so that hand-outs are reserved for emergencies and hand-ups become the norm.
- To live it out! We work in several communities to make it happen. Community Development takes a long time (10-15 years) and we are committed empower and equip communities so that they can live out their preferred future.
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