Sometimes I look at my life and realize that I am ridiculously blessed.  Seriously, it's ridiculous.  Then I look around and see so much need, so much pain, so much desperation...  and it doesn't make sense to me!  In fact, it often makes me feel guilty.  

Then I realize that I've been placed in a set of circumstances with a set of gifts by an all-knowing God - and I know I need to do something.  

Over the years, I've discovered that I love to learn and that I love to connect people...   So my hope is that this site will be a one-stop shop for education and collaboration. 

I'm especially passionate about this issue when it comes to Christians.  Jesus loved, healed, and gave us a perfect example of love and truth to follow.  Can you imagine if every Christian (aka follower of Jesus) were to follow that example??  I think this world would be a radically different place.  More than that, I think the world's view of Christians and of God would be radically different.   

“There are some 340,000 Christian churches in the United States and about 155 million regular churchgoers. Let those numbers sink in for just a minute. Think of the possibilities. Think of the resouces. Ponder the potential to change the world if all of these churchgoers ‘activated’ and ramped up their commitment to love their neighbors...”
— The Hole in Our Gospel, Richard Stearns

Let's work together.




marilyn's story

born and raised in Texas : grew up in church : wanted to be a missionary : wanted to be more than a missionary : became passionate about poverty alleviation : became passionate about mobilizing Christians in poverty alleviation : "studied" economics and asian studies at rice : actually studied business and a little international development economics at usf : married to Andy <3 : lover of food and football :)