K-Life is a community-wide, interdenominational Christian ministry of discipleship and fellowship for youth and their families. Through a variety of activities (weekly clubs, small group Bible studies, mission trips, ski trips, and monthly events), K-Life kids grow in their faith and have lots of fun in the process. They learn that following Christ and discovering His plan for their life is the most exciting adventure of all and that they can count on friendship and support from leaders and peers who care.
K-Life works alongside churches and families in the community to teach and encourage kids to be strong in the Lord in spite of all the negative pressures they face as teenagers. K-Life networks kids from different churches, and those without a church affiliation, to build positive, Godly relationships that can withstand the negative peer pressure so prevalent in today’s youth culture.
Mark Bustos is a hair stylist at an upscale salon in New York City, but not all of his clientele have to be wealthy to get a quality trim. Sometimes, they don’t need a penny.
Bustos spends every Sunday — his only day off from work — venturing through the city in search of anyone in need who’d appreciate a haircut. Approaching each person with the same, simple phrase — “I want to do something nice for you today” — Bustos provides cuts to up to six people every Sunday, capturing many stylings on his Instagram account.
Bustos has been cutting hair for the less fortunate since May 2012, when he traveled to the Philippines to visit family members. While abroad, he paid an owner of a barbershop to rent a chair and provide services to impoverished children in need of a fresh look.
“The feeling was so rewarding, I decided to bring the positive energy back to NYC,” Bustos, 30, told The Huffington Post in an email, noting he’s also given haircuts to the needy in Jamaica, Costa Rica and Los Angeles.
Of all the meaningful haircuts Bustos has given over the years, one recipient sticks out.
“Jemar Banks — I’ll never forget the name,” Bustos told HuffPost. “After offering him a haircut and whatever food he wanted to eat, he didn’t have much to say throughout the whole process, until after I showed him what he looked like when I was done … The first thing he said to me was, ‘Do you know anyone that’s hiring?'”
Bustos made sure to catch Jemar’s haircut on camera:
Bustos said he cuts hair all over New York City, often accompanied by his girlfriend, who asks recipients what food they’d like to eat.
“One response we’ve gotten is, ‘Nobody ever asks me what I actually want. I usually just get leftovers and scraps,'” Bustos told HuffPost.
Bustos said he intentionally cuts hair for the homeless in open, well-traveled spaces like street corners and sidewalks so that the public can watch — “not to see me,” he notes, but so that others can find inspiration in the good deed, and be kind to those less unfortunate as well.
“Even a simple smile can go a long way,” Bustos told HuffPost.
You can follow Bustos’ work helping the homeless on his Instagram account.
In honor of the passing of S. Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-fil-A we want to share this post about just one small generous thing one restaurant did recently. Mr. Cathy passed away peacefully yesterday, September 8th, at the age of 93. Credited with creating the original Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich and pioneering in-mall fast food, Cathy built one of the nation’s largest family-owned companies, as Chick-fil-A reached $5 billion in annual sales in2013. Currently, there are more than 1,800 Chick-fil-A restaurants operating in 40 states and Washington, D.C.
Cathy was often quoted as saying: “I’d like to be remembered as one who kept my priorities in the right order.We live in a changing world, but we need to be reminded that the important things have not changed. I have always encouraged my restaurant operators and team members to give back to the local community. We should be about more than just selling chicken;we should be a part of our customers’ lives and the communities in which we serve.”
The story below is just one story of a restaurant operator that tries to live up to Mr. Cathy’s standards.
People either love Chick-Fil-A or hate it ever since the company’s president, Dan Cathy, espoused his religious beliefs regarding same-sex marriage. But love-it-or-hate-it, Chick-Fil-A seems to consistently go well-above the call of duty for good, upstanding Americans and the communities surrounding each restaurant.
The town of Griffin, Georgia was mourning the loss of Police Officer Kevin Jordan who was killed in the line of duty. According to Mad World News, Jordan was shot five times in the back while trying to make an arrest at a local Waffle House. He was an Army veteran, a dedicated member of the police force, and a father of seven children.
As officers from around the state of Georgia joined local residents last Monday to pay their respects to Jordan, Chick-Fil-A honored the serviceman in a unique way: the local Griffin Dwarf House location placed a notification at their drive-thru window informing local customers that as a sign of respect for the fallen the restaurant would not be serving during the time Jordan’s funeral precession was passing the restaurant.
Though seemingly small, it was a gesture that Chick-Fil-A took to show the community, Jordan’s family, and the world that people are what truly matter. It’s one more reason we continue to fall in love with Chick-Fil-A all over again.
Lillian Weber makes a dress from scratch every single day so that a child in need will have something beautiful to wear.
Throughout the last few years, Weber has made more than 840 dresses for Little Dresses for Africa, a Christian nonprofit that distributes dresses to impoverished young girls in Africa and beyond. Weber says she hopes to hit the 1,000 dress mark before too long.
All this would certainly be extraordinary enough, but there’s something else that makes Weber’s story particularly astounding: She’s 99.
Weber, who lives in Iowa, reportedly starts on a new dress every single morning, and after a midday break, finishes the garment in the afternoon. “It is just what I like to do,” Weber told the Quad-City Times earlier this year.
Even though she’s speedy, Weber still finds the time and takes the effort to make each dress extra special.
“She personalizes them all,” Weber’s daughter, Linda, told WQAD-TV of her mom’s creations (pictured below). “It’s not like good enough that she makes the dresses, she has to put something on the front to make it look special, to give it her touch.”
Weber, who was nominated for WQAD-TV’s “Pay It Forward” award, has been sewing the garments for Little Dresses for Africa since 2011, when she and a group of women — most of whom are over the age of 80 — decided to come together to support the organization.
“I was watching a documentary about the [nonprofit], and thought it would be a great idea for some of us to get together to help some people who live so far away,” one of the group’s members, Judy Noel, told the Quad-City Times.
Little Dresses for Africa distributes dresses to orphanages, churches and schools in Africa. According to the organization’s website, the goal of the nonprofit is to provide clothing to some of the world’s most vulnerable children and “to plant in the hearts of little girls that they are worthy.”
So far, the organization says it’s collected more than 2.5 million dresses, which have been distributed to 47 countries in Africa, as well as to children in need in countries like Haiti, Honduras, Thailand, Mexico and even parts of the United States.
Next May, Weber will celebrate her 100th birthday, but she says she has no intention of slowing down.
“When I get to that thousand[th dress], if I’m able to. I won’t quit,” she told WQAD-TV. “I’ll go at it again.”
When did slavery end in the United States of America? If you answered January 1, 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln issued an executive order freeing them, you would be wrong. Slavery still exists. It still thrives, even in Austin. Margo discovered this during her freshman year studying International Relations at St. Edwards University. One of her professors expressed a passion for stopping human trafficking in Texas, specifically in Austin. Then, Margo was asked to meet with women who were victims of human trafficking being bought and sold in the brothels.
“It just tugged at my heart. The way that I explain it is that it made me so angry I couldn’t ignore it,” Margo says. “I had to do something about it.” Margo responded to that heart-wrenching experience by joining Redeemed Ministries, a local outreach program that visits brothels to share the gospel and resources with the marginalized and voiceless.
“Through God, it’s just really opened up my heart and has broken my heart for these women,” Margo says. “It’s shown me a new way that God can show grace and how God can use me.”
Margo’s experience prompted her to visit these women in an effort to share God’s love. Her visits to the women in the brothels have not always been welcome. At times, she and her co-workers have been insulted and thrown out.
The key, however, was persistence. Through persistent visits, persistent care, and persistent love, God opened the hearts of these women. One woman Margo works with began asking questions about how to know Jesus better. But she confided in Margo, “I’m just really ashamed. I feel like I’ve made God sad.” Margo took this opportunity to show this woman she has a choice: Stay captive to the life and abuse she knows or trust in Christ to save her from her sins and start a new life in Him.
Now, Margo has decided to forsake her comfort, safety and family to travel to East Asia after graduation to help human trafficking victims regain their freedom and humanity. When women are rescued, they are sent home, but there is a lot of work to be done with the local government and consulate to obtain visas.
Margo’s parents are struggling to understand and accept her decision. A first generation American, Margo was raised Sikh–her parents are from Punjab, India.
“I think a big reason is my parents had a hard life in India,” Margo says of her parents’ hesitancy. “They moved here so that I could be comfortable and live a good life. So when I had this conversation with my mom, she just kept saying to me, ‘You need to be comfortable. You need to be safe. I want you to be comfortable.’ And those two words she would just say over and over,” Margo says. “It’s a big, scary place that they don’t know anything about, and their youngest daughter is moving there.”
But Margo’s parents see how serious she is about her work. Margo hopes that over time they will not only see her passion for this ministry, but more importantly, that she is giving her life to God and not to anyone or anything else.
“It’s been a really big struggle trying to talk calmly with them and explain it to them, hoping and praying that they’ll understand,” Margo says. “It’s just teaching me a lot about how to respect my parents and obey them, but also understand that Jesus says we must forsake our family. And so learning how to balance that out…has been a big struggle.”
Margo will be in East Asia for one year. After that, her plans are uncertain and she’s leaving them to God’s will. Margo feels her calling is to work with survivors of sexual abuse and trafficking. She hopes that by sharing God’s love with them, more will come to recognize the salvation Jesus provides.