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A Broken Bank Card, ATM, and Lots of Faith

Waving hands, kids talking simultaneously, excitement, smiles, and some happy tears. The atmosphere in the room was electric and continued to intensify as almost all of the kids expressed a desire to share a miracle testimony of God’s power working … Continue reading

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Changing a Generation Receives 2015 Best of Burien Award

We are very honored to have been selected for a second year in a row as the winners of the Best of Burien Award in Washington State! Thank you to all of our friends and partners for being a vital part in the accomplishments of our non-profit! Press Release: CrystalBlue.png.md.cc.DEZW-RBB6-AT33 Changing a Generation Receives 2015 Best of Burien Award Burien Award Program Honors the Achievement BURIEN August 17, 2015 -- Changing a Generation has been selected for the 2015 Best of Burien Award in the Non-Profit Organizations category by the Burien Award Program. Each year, the Burien Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Burien area a great place to live, work and play. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2015 Burien Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Burien Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Burien Award Program

The Burien Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Burien area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value. The Burien Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy. SOURCE: Burien Award Program CONTACT: Burien Award Program  
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Changing a Generation Receives 2014 Best of Burien Award

Burien Award Program Honors the Achievement

PlaqueBlue.png.lg.cc.DC98-QBB6-AT33BURIEN April 29, 2014 -- Changing a Generation has been selected for the 2014 Best of Burien Award in the Non-Profit Organizations category by the Burien Award Program.

Each year, the Burien Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Burien area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2014 Burien Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Burien Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Burien Award Program

The Burien Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Burien area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Burien Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Burien Award Program

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Why Child Sponsorship Matters

20 percent of Bulgarian households live under the poverty line. 50 percent of the population are at risk of falling at or below the poverty line. This is the highest percentage in the EU. According to the EuroStat News Release in December 2013, 44 percent of the population are “severely materially deprived,” meaning they lack resources to sustain reasonable living conditions. These include failure to: pay rent on time; keep their home adequately warm; face unexpected expenses; eat proper amounts of protein every other day; and unable to purchase a car, washing machine, television, or telephone. According to EurActiv, in March 2010, only 11 percent of Bulgarian households brought in the proper amount to provide a four-member family of two adults and two children to cover their living expenses.

Many of the children we sponsor at Changing a Generation fall within these categories. The only appliances they might have are a refrigerator or a stove. Some of these children and their families sleep in the same room, sometimes 4-6 people in the same bed or living room. Changing a Generation helps these children with the daily necessities and resources they need, as well as the chance to help them grow and succeed in life, despite their circumstances. It is easy to forget what is happening across the world, especially when we aren't facing these issues on a daily basis. That is why, we would like to encourage you to sponsor a child, so they can receive education, proper attention and love. Ava wants to be a computer scientist, Aneliya wants to be a Chemist, or possibly a Literature Scholar, Asen wants to be a doctor. There are more of these kids who have big dreams. By sponsoring a child for $30 per month, you will be helping these kids reach their dreams and allow them to fulfill the plan God has for them. Thank you! Information Resources: http://www.euractiv.com/enlargement/bulgaria-poor-not-only-eu-standards-news-493653 http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/cache/ITY_PUBLIC/3-05122013-AP/EN/3-05122013-AP-EN.PDF http://www.novinite.com/articles/152387/20+of+Bulgarian+Households+Live+below+Poverty+Line  Written by Julia Penner – Creative and Media Administrator @Changing a Generation
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7 Practical Ways to GET UNSTUCK – Part 5

HOPE MORE, FEAR LESS

Imagine yourself waking up every morning with a sense of excitement, hopeful expectancy of overcoming each obstacle no matter how small or big it may look like. You are a winner,                              a champion,                                                                                         an optimist,                                                                     effective and efficient in all you do each day.  You see all setbacks as temporary and you are calm and relaxed in potentially stressful situations! How does that make you feel as you read those words? Stop. Now think about it! photo Our free will, in combination with our ability to think and speak is a powerful force that can serve in moving us forward or setting us back when faced with the unexpected, or even during our so called ‘normal’ days. Since we have now approached the month of June, which marks the middle of 2013, some of us may feel stuck and unable to move forward to our DREAM 2013. We are fearful about the future as we listen to the news, and less hopeful about promises made to us by God and others. In his book, Personal Coaching for Results, Lou Tice, co-founder of The Pacific Institute in Seattle, WA says: Less Fear, More Hope. Just four little four-letter words, but when they are vividly felt as emotion, they are behavior-changing, life-changing, world-changing. No wonder that the hope or fear we experience in our hearts and minds, changes our body chemistry. No wonder that patients who feel hopeless recover more slowly and die sooner…” Simply put, the conclusion from the author’s research is that a change in expectation and belief, changes the result in either less fear or more hope.  The word “believe” is used on many occasions through out the Bible in reference to our trust and hope in God. On one occasion in Matthew 9:27-34, Jesus asked two blind men wanting to be healed, “Do you believe I can do this?” I love what happens next. Upon their quick reply, “Yes, we believe.” Jesus touched their eyes and said, “Become what you believe!” What a powerful statement! One change of expectation, one change of a belief, brings forth a new life, a miracle, and a new hopeful future. Ask yourself today, who is altering your belief and how? How would a shift in your focus on Christ and His greatness influence your day? It’s time to get unstuck by willfully changing our expectations and beliefs as we focus on MORE HOPE found in Christ and LESS FEAR of the unknown. Written by Ceitci #GetUNSTUCK™
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7 Practical Ways to GET UNSTUCK – Part 4

This week, we are continuing with part 4 of our series "7 Practical Ways to GET UNSTUCK." So far we have learned about: 1. Focus 2. Belief 3. Selt-Talk photo Today we are coming to one of the most important aspects, UPLOADING THE CORRECT PICTURE in our mind. With other words, the proper way to renew our mind through REPLACEMENT PICTURES. In order for a behavior to be corrected or a habit to be altered, it is not enough to just tell ourselves, "I am going to stop tomorrow!", or "No more, I am not going to do this any more..." (Please listen to the video I shared with you in part 3 if you have not done already). Our mind is created to seek images; those images when vivid enough (both positive and negative) create a new reality in our mind as we meditate on them. Whatever is the predominant image in our life, that is what we naturally intend to do the next time we find ourselves in a similar situation. When you find yourself in a situation that you are not performing at your best, tell yourself, "I am better than this, the next time I intend to..." and now fill in with descriptive words how exactly you intend to handle the situation next time. REMEMBER, if you want to change the old 'black and white picture,' the new one needs to be in vivid colors. Words are powerful. Choose words that create emotion, that connect to your heart and that bring vividness to how your "Next Time" in dealing with this situation will look like. Unless you have a new descriptive image of what you will do better next time, your thoughts will naturally recreate the old picture. You are the only one in control of your own thoughts - words - actions! It's time to UPLOAD A NEW REPLACEMENT PICTURE!
Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies. (Phil. 4:8-9 The Message) Written by Ceitci #GetUNSTUCK™
 
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7 Practical Ways to GET UNSTUCK – Part 3

We are continuing today with part 3 from "7 Practical Ways to GET UNSTUCK." a-self-talk Yesterday, I asked you to write down various limiting beliefs that are causing you to live in bondage. I hope you took the time to think and identify those beliefs. If you have not, please do it today. Here is why this is important: Our beliefs are usually acquired. However, by giving sanction to the words and thoughts that pass through your mind or are spoken to us, they become a permanent part of our life. This can serve in both positive and negative ways. "Once you establish your beliefs, you behave like the person you know yourself to be." - Lou Tice Today, I would like to focus your attention on SELF-TALK. This quote states it well: Be careful how you are talking to yourself, because you are listening. (Lisa M. Hayes) Your SELF-TALK affirms when you do something right and it also affirms when you do something wrong. Have you asked yourself "How can I be so stupid?" or "What's the matter with me?" or told yourself "I am so forgetful, here I go again..." Click this link Video with Lou Tice on Self-Talk to find out how our negative self-talk can be changed. You are on your way to GET UNSTUCK! Written by Ceitci #GetUNSTUCK™
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7 Practical Ways to GET UNSTUCK – Part 2

Donkey Today I would like to share with you # 2 of the "7 Practical ways to GET UNSTUCK," a series we began yesterday. 2. "Beliefs regulate performance" - Lou Tice/The Pacific Institute We act, behave, and perform not according to the potential we have inside, but according to the beliefs, or what we hold as 'truth' in our minds. Negative beliefs lead to low self-esteem, poor performance, inability to reach goals, and being stuck. Ask yourself today: what beliefs have I adopted in my life that are not the ultimate truth, yet, they are keeping me in bondage. Identify them first by writing them down. Tomorrow we'll find out what to do next. Written by Ceitci #GetUNSTUCK™
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7 Practical Ways to GET UNSTUCK – Part 1

IMG_2179 Feeling Stuck? This week we will be posting "7 practical ways to GET UNSTUCK." Check in daily for new info: Ever lose your keys or can't find them? Do you know what your brain is doing? - Your brain is STUCK! Research shows your brain won't let you multitask or may not even let you find your keys. Click here to find why. First practical solution: Challenge your thinking process. Ask yourself, "What am I leaving out that I may not be seeing?" Written by Ceitci #GetUNSTUCK™
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BULGARIAN SNAPSHOTS SERIES: STORY 2

DISPLACED

Home is one of those things we take for granted. A place to live.To sleep.To call our own. Even if it’s a small apartment, or the basement, or a little room in someone’s house, it’s a place we know we can rest our heads for the night. Family is another of those things we undervalue. For those of us lucky to have a family, or a few close people we call family, we find security in that.  THEY are our home.  They are where we can relax, feel safe, find our place in this life.  But what if the place you call home and the people you call “family” wasn’t any of these things… Little Adjano, in our Bulgarian Program, has neither a real home or secure family…sure, he lives somewhere and has a bunch of people who share some DNA with him, but that’s all.  When he was about 2 years old, Adjano’s mother disappeared.  After that, his father signed over the parental care of Adjano to the boy’s great grandmother, then left to work abroad. He hasn’t been back to see his son since.  That was 10 years ago.  Adjano’s now 12. Two years ago, Adjano’s great grandmother passed away without signing over his care to anyone else.  Instead of social services moving him into the system, however, they left him with other members of his family.  Ten others to be exact.  Adjano’s grandparents, her two other sons, their wives, and his cousins all live under one roof.  Of all these people, only the grandparents work and bring in money.  Adjano is stuck under the “temporary” care of his aunt in the house.  There’s constant noise and smells in the tight space with only two members out working. Adjano is so nervous all the time.  He’s nervous he doesn’t belong.  He’s nervous they’ll one day decide to kick him out.  He has virtually no parents, no papers that identify who he belongs to, and no real home.  Every week, when we serve sandwiches, Adjano asks for extras; and when we give out pajamas to the children in the program, he wants any additional sets.  He takes these all home, gives them as an offering to the other guys in the household – hoping that it will keep them from stealing his; praying it will be enough to keep him in the family, at the house…to keep him from being displaced. This story hit my heart hard. There are times I’ve been displaced.  I’ve lived off couches and out of my car – I’ve been the “new” person too many times to count and had cultural shock moving around.  But, I have family I can always run to.  And, no matter what, I’ve always had a little corner to call mine – be it a couch or a little room.  Little Adjano does not.  And, I’m so thankful he’s a part of our program.  At least, when he comes to hear about Jesus, get a little education, do some crafts, and eat some good food, he knows he’s loved.  He knows he belongs there – and that he’ll always get a hug.  This is the part of the story that makes me smile.  Even if Adjano is displaced in his own home, he has a place in Changing a Generation and in the arms of Jesus. Written By:  Krinda Joy, CDM Creative Arts Team
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