Wouldn't it be nice to save the world? You and I know that's not going to happen, but although we can't save the world, we can do some good.
It's Presidents' Day, and there have been presidents who have worked to make the country, and the world, a better place. I think of President Carter who may not have been one of the most powerful or influential presidents, but his moral compass has been pointing in the right direction for decades and his example continues to shine. One of Jimmy Carter's ways of "giving back" has been his involvement with Habitat for Humanity.
A group of folks from Plymouth were planning to work with Habitat for Humanity in Guatemala. They would have been there right now, getting back home in just a few days, but the trip was cancelled at the beginning of this month. Greg Anacker explained: "... our Habitat trip to Guatemala was canceled... in response to the US State Department’s new travel advisory system that rates Guatemala as Level 3, Reconsider Travel. Because of this, Habitat’s lawyers have insisted that all trips to Guatemala by US passport holders must stop, including ours. Habitat tried to find an alternate country for us to go work on short notice, but nothing was available."
Although it didn't work out this time, there may be another opportunity later. There are so many other ways to serve, as well. The world, and our country, are crying out for help. Citizen involvement will become increasingly vital as budgetary cuts affect health and human services, the environment, and more. May these books inspire you:
Books on Habitat for Humanity and similar programs:
A castle on Viola Street /DiSalvo, DyAnne. E DIS
The excitement is building /Fuller, Millard 363.5 FUL
More than houses : how Habitat for Humanity is transforming lives and neighborhoods /Fuller, Millard 363.5 FUL
The theology of the hammer /Fuller, Millard 363.5 FUL
Other volunteer opportunities:
Volunteer : a traveller's guide to making a difference around the world/361.7025 VOL
Volunteer vacations : short-term adventures that will benefit you and others /McMillon, Bill 302.14 MCM
And here are some books by President Carter:
A call to action : women, religion, violence, and power /Carter, Jimmy,323.34 CAR
Our endangered values : America's moral crisis /Carter, Jimmy,306.0973 CAR
Palestine peace not apartheid/Carter, Jimmy,956.04 CAR
Sources of strength : meditations on scripture for daily living /Carter, Jimmy,248.4 CAR
The virtues of aging /Carter, Jimmy,305.26 CAR
White House diary /Carter, Jimmy,973.926092 CAR