November 26, 2009

You Can Be A Hero!

Young children like to pretend or mimic their favorite superheroes. It is good and positive. But it is even better if they knew that they can be REAL heroes!

For this week's devotion time, teacher-dad, showed us all the list of CNN Heroes of the Year. It was very encouraging to meet ordinary people whose lives and works have done extraordinary impact to the world.

Meet our real heroes: (Top 10)

Brad Blauser
CHAMPIONING CHILDREN
Brad Blauser is providing hope and mobility to disabled children and their families in Iraq. Since 2005, his Wheelchairs for Iraqi Kids program has distributed nearly 650 free pediatric wheelchairs to children in need.

Derrick Tabb
CHAMPIONING CHILDREN
Derrick Tabb started The Roots of Music to give young people an alternative to New Orleans' streets. His music education program provides free tutoring, instruments and music instruction to more than 100 students.

Budi Soehardi
CHAMPIONING CHILDREN
Budi Soehardi founded a children's home in one of the poorest areas of Indonesia. Today, Roslin Orphanage in West Timor provides food, shelter and education to more than 45 children.

Roy Foster
COMMUNITY CRUSADER
Army veteran Roy Foster started Stand Down House to help veterans struggling with addiction and homelessness in Florida. Since 2000, his program has provided life-changing services to nearly 900 veterans.

Jorge Munoz
COMMUNITY CRUSADER
School bus driver Jorge Munoz is helping hungry New Yorkers make it through tough times. Since 2004, he has handed out more than 70,000 meals from his mobile soup kitchen in Queens -- for free.

Doc Hendley
COMMUNITY CRUSADER
Bartender Doc Hendley is providing clean water to communities worldwide. Through creative fundraising, his nonprofit Wine to Water has brought sustainable water systems to 25,000 people in five countries.

Andrea Ivory
MEDICAL MARVEL
Breast cancer survivor Andrea Ivory is bringing early detection to the doorsteps of uninsured women. With mobile mammography vans, her group has provided more than 500 free screenings in Miami, Florida.

Betty Makoni
PROTECTING THE POWERLESS
Zimbabwe native Betty Makoni founded the Girl Child Network to provide a haven for young victims of sexual abuse. The organization has rescued more than 35,000 girls since 2001.

Jordan Thomas
YOUNG WONDER
Jordan Thomas, 20, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, lost both of his legs in a boating accident in 2005. Since then, his Jordan Thomas Foundation has raised more than $400,000 to provide prosthetics for children in need.

And last but not the least, the grand winner of CNN Hero of the Year award:



Efren PeƱaflorida
CHAMPIONING CHILDREN
Efren PeƱaflorida gives Filipino youth an alternative to gang membership through education. His Dynamic Teen Company's 10,000 members have taught basic reading and writing to 1,500 kids living in the slums. He pushes his cart classroom to bring education to children whose families cannot afford to send them to school. To know more about his story, you can google his name or go direct and watch videos here"Unleash the hero within you.".

"Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God."
William Carey




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