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Question. Can $10 really change the world?

I believe it can, which is why The Sunflower Effect exists; a place where I (plus others, more on that later) can give what I can, when I can, to people who need it most. It’s kind of like sowing a seed. If I give $10 for example, that’s a seed, which will grow and multiply as it feeds, nourishes or heals a person.

In Kenya, my $10 can:

$2 = three nutritious meals for a pregnant girl


$3 = intense, one-on-one counselling session


$1 =clean water for one girl


$4 = two weeks rent for one girl Continue reading

Dear Reader…

Dear Reader

So this blogging thing is way harder than they make it look (well it is for me anyway!)

I know I made a commitment to delivering one post a week. And then I started going ballistic and posting 4-5 times a week. And then I went AWOL. It’s been nearly two months since a last posted (this is sounding a lot like a confessional!)

During that time I’ve realised that as much as I love blogging and all the amazing people I meet along the way, sometimes there just isn’t time. Blogging has had to shuffle down the priority list which means that the posts will be more sporadic from now on. Some months I might post four or five times, other months I might post once (or even not at all). It all depends on time and creative energy because I know you don’t want to read rubbish I’ve scribbled down when I’m nearly asleep and really don’t care about typos or interest levels of readers!

So there you have it; a plan without a plan, but it’s the only one I’ve got for now 🙂 I hope you can still enjoy the blog and that together, we can learn more about the world and how we can help out.

As always, I love hearing from you so please say hi and tell me if you like something, don’t like something or just have something to say.

Cheers for now,

Joni x

My apologies for my posting slackness this week.. I’m right on deadline for an article so am focusing all my attention on that.. Will be back online next week!

A Destiny to Rescue

I‘m pleased to introduce you to Every (1) Matters’ first ever guest poster, Melissa Sharman! It’s an honour to have her write this week’s post and I’m sure you’ll agree; she has an amazing gift with words. That combined with her heart for justice leaves us with a wonderful, thought provoking post. Pop over and visit Melissa’s blog, Dusty Highways!

I’d love to share a journey with you. It won’t be comfortable; truth rarely is. If you allow it, it will ruffle your nicely groomed feathers, and pull at the strings of your neatly packaged heart. But it is a journey in which you may find – and it is my prayer that you do – something extraordinary. That something is you. I may not know you, but I believe that we all have a unique and beautiful gift of eternal significance to give to this broken world. Though to see the light in ourselves, sometimes we need to first open our hearts to a little brokenness.

I recently experienced my own journey through brokenness on a Speaker Training Trip with Destiny Rescue. Destiny Rescue is an aid and development organisation that works to rescue girls from sexual slavery in South-east Asia and Africa. Continue reading

Day 33: How Real Servants Act

Who comes to mind when you think of a ‘real servant’? For me, it’s Mother Theresa. She was wonderful and probably changed the world – but how did she do it? When I read this title I wondered a little about how exactly a ‘real servant’ was meant to act. Is it really that simple? Well I learned that it may not be so much about how we act but more about our motives.

You may remember that recently I had to scale back and rethink my life. I took some things out and left others in. Basically, if I hadn’t felt God specifically tell me I should be doing it, I removed it. This may seem very cut and dried but I have young children and so I’m very protective of my time while they’re in this important stage of life. I was reluctant to read this chapter, wondering whether it was going to make me feel bad for putting up some healthy boundaries. I was happy to find some wonderful wisdom to be used in the areas we’ve chosen to be active in: Continue reading

Day 15: Formed for God’s Family

Jesus and the people He makes holy all belong to the same family. That is why He isn’t ashamed to call them His brothers and sisters. Hebrews 2:11

What a lovely thought! Jesus is proud to have me, you, us in His family!

Day 15 is all about the fact that we’re formed for God’s family and that we need to be proud of it. Baptism is an important part of being in God’s family – a public declaration of where we stand.

Jesus pointed to His disciples and said, “These are my mother and brothers. Anyone who does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother!”  Matthew 12:49-50 Continue reading

Day 14: When God Seems Distant

God is real, no matter how you feel.

I love that! We all know how it feels when God is distant and we’re frantically trying to work out what we did wrong to turn His face away. At least, I know how it feels! I’m always so quick to blame that time I snapped at the kids or said too much about someone else’s private business. Isaiah 8:17 says; The Lord has hidden Himself from His people, but I trust Him and place my hope in Him. This chapter is brilliant! The deepest level of worship is praising God in spite of paint, thanking God during a trial, trusting Him when tempted, surrendering while suffering, and loving Him when He seems distant… Continue reading