How Do You Reject Apathy?

The debut issue of our new social justice magazine, Reject Apathy, goes to the printer next week. (Yes, all RELEVANT subscribers will get it for free.) In it, we have a section spotlighting ways our readers are rejecting apathy in their lives—living outwardly, intentionally and reaching those around them. Whether it's local service projects you do with your friends, or ways you've served around the world, we'd love to hear from you. Answer the question, "How are you rejecting apathy?" in 100 words or less, and email it to us here. If you have pictures, send those too. If your story is selected for the magazine, we'll send you an exclusive Reject Apathy shirt ...

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Christy Dorr

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Christy Dorr commented…

A few short years after becoming a wife and the mother of 3 sons, I had the privilege of joining some groups on church-sponsored mission trips. I fell in love with missions, and decided that I had surely missed my calling. I told myself that had I been more obedient to God in my life choices, I might have become a missionary instead of becoming a wife and mom. Now it was too late for that. I believed that I had messed up God's "Plan A". I had several opportunities for missions, even overseas. "God sure is good to me," I thought to myself. "He had a 'Plan B."

About four years ago, I was visiting with an acquaintance who had adopted a local child from a mother who had lost custody of all of her children. As she shared her story with me, the thought began to grow in me how much our community needed a resource for women who are in crisis situations, especially single moms. Within a very short time, I had opened a pregnancy resource center. We give free pregnancy tests, counseling, and have provided diapers, baby items and friendship to hundreds of women in our area. What we have become is a very grassroots effort. We build relationships when possible, and believe we are being the hands and feet of Jesus to many women in desperate situations. It was only a few weeks after opening the center that I told a friend, "I feel like I'm on a mission trip in my own town everyday." I heard myself say it and realized that God hadn't resorted to "Plan B" in my life at all; this had been what He had for me all along.

It is my goal that we make every girl who comes through our door feel loved. She is loved and we love on her. We are pro-life, and I care about the unborn, but I care just as much about the girl who is carrying life, or who already has a baby and is having trouble getting by in this world. I think that we often put so much emphasis on saving babies from abortion, that we forget the precious life that is right in front of us, desperate and needing our love and the hope we can give them. The kind of love these girls need to really make a difference in their lives is a huge investment of our time and emotion. Often times, they need us to lift the burden off of them, and this isn't easy...but, the payoff is worth it! I have no greater joy than to watch someone's life get a little better. It is often slow and painful; two steps forward and one step back. I'll never stop believing that Jesus would have it any other way. He never gives up on us...we never give up on the girls who come our way.

Don't be afraid to invest your life in someone else's. Don't think you can sacrifice too much...spend it all if you have to. You'll never regret it...it could be your "Plan A."

Jody Earley

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Jody Earley commented…

A simple way that I reject apathy is by simply using my voice. I am not all that talented and don't have a unique platform to speak from, but I do have a voice. I recently learned about the tragic reality of Human Trafficking. For those that don't know human trafficking is a fancy term for modern day slavery. I started a blog in an effort to help raise awareness about the tragic reality of human trafficking. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. This issue matters. In addition I utilize twitter to help raise awareness on human trafficking as well. To find out more about this issue and how you can help put an end to the trafficking of people visit http://traffickingsucks.com/ or follow us twitter at http://twitter.com/trafficksuc... .

Jody Earley

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Jody Earley commented…

A simple way that I reject apathy is by simply using my voice. I am not all that talented and don't have a unique platform to speak from, but I do have a voice. I recently learned about the tragic reality of Human Trafficking. For those that don't know human trafficking is a fancy term for modern day slavery. I started a blog in an effort to help raise awareness about the tragic reality of human trafficking. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. This issue matters. In addition I utilize twitter to help raise awareness on human trafficking as well. To find out more about this issue and how you can help put an end to the trafficking of people visit http://traffickingsucks.com/ or follow us twitter at http://twitter.com/trafficksuc... .

Steven Carter

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Steven Carter commented…

when does the magazine hit our mail boxes?

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