Christianity: My Journey & Thoughts

Relief Effort for Philippines (Typhoon Odette/Rai): Critter Hunter (please share)

Critter Hunter (Justin Carmack) is a YouTuber I started following several months ago. He’s a professional scuba diver and typically can be found around the world finding different marine life species to capture on camera.

He lives in the Philippines with his wife and is currently covering the aftermath of Typhoon Odette (the local name for the typhoon; others are calling it Typhoon Rai). From the video I linked below, he commented that European and American media are not covering this natural disaster and the Filipinos are suffering as a result from a lack of help and donations. From a quick search, I can see there is some coverage, but it appears limited and possibly delayed. I personally read the news fairly often, and I had not seen this come across my radar. Justin also may not be seeing any media/assistance to the areas where he’s currently assisting, which is obviously a problem. If we’re not aware, we can’t help.

I made a donation earlier this morning to Justin’s PayPal account to help in the relief efforts. From the video below, you can see they are organizing rice and water donations, and helping to rebuild a community center, among other initiatives. He says in the video below he’s drained his own bank account to help the villagers around him. He’s been chronicling their efforts the past week to help spread awareness.

If you can, please consider making a donation to Justin’s PayPal account located here. Prayers I’m sure are also appreciated and as I remind people, always free. You can also share this blog, or Justin’s YouTube channel, as well. I don’t know Justin personally, but from his videos documenting this tragedy, you can clearly see his heart.

If you have any questions or concerns, Justin’s e-mail address is on his YouTube page if you would like to contact him. He comments in the video below that is he replying to people as he can. Thank you and please keep Justin, his family and community in your prayers. Amen.

Deaf culture, Ponderings

Author: How to be a Great Volunteer (Do’s and Don’ts)🍝

The saint and I have been volunteering  in our local Deaf community for the past few years. Recently we volunteered at a spaghetti dinner fundraiser. In the words of Po’s father from Kung Fu Panda, I’ve had the noodle dream. I made pot after pot of spaghetti noodles. It was a bit hectic at times, but overall fun and spaghetti were had.

I’ve put together some brief fifteen tips on volunteering from my experience. Have one of your own? Leave it in the comments section below. And pass that garlic bread basket over, would you?  🥖

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