"When our van ground to a halt and the dust settled, the headlights illuminated the gas station's interior. Dozens of children - orphans - were lying on the cold concrete floor, huddled together for warmth, protection, and some shred of belonging. I struggled to catch my breath."
And so begins the life-changing moment that eventually altered the course of countless lives.
"Doing Good Is Simple" author Chris Marlow didn't grow up with more Awana badges than Jesus. He didn't grow up in suburbia either. He came up through some pretty tough circumstances - but was married and headed towards a nice quiet suburban life when all of a sudden a hungry orphan stopped him in his tracks ... especially since he'd also been an orphan. Next thing you know he's quitting his job and putting everything at stake in order to follow a call to do more good more of the time. It's a short, engaging, refreshing read of one man's quest to live out a calling of thoughtful service at home and abroad through a little organization he founded called Help One Now. Want to read more about Chris Marlow's life - then go here ... http://doinggoodissimplebook.com/. If you'd like to watch Chris's TEDx talk - you can see it here.
If you're looking for a book to discuss with friends and spark community-changing conversation in your corner of the planet - I recommend this book for it's density of ideas and emphasis on practical matters - such as especially including relationally and professionally those you propose to help. No more short-term-missions-trip buildings of many colors.