A Captivated Heart

For the People, by the People

“I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.” This quote by Albert Schweiter, philosopher, physician, and Nobel Peace Prize Winner, holds great truth for all people.

“By the People for the People” blog has relayed to its readers what service opportunities are available in the Polk County region of Florida. Including various organizations such as the Dream Center, Lighthouse Ministries, and Parker Street Ministries, which strive to provide services that better their local community.

“Lakeland reminds me of a town that’s a tale of two cities. You have the enjoyment of Lakeside village and the swans on the lake. But you have another side of town where you see dilapidated houses and hopelessness. This is the Lakeland that God has called…

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Starting a Nonprofit Blog


As many people already know, the best way to become relevant in the postmodern world is through Social Media. Social Media allows both people and organization to relay information to the world instantly. A major aspect of Social Media that organizations of all sorts are tapping into is blogging. Many of you probably already know the various benefits of blogging. For nonprofit organizations, it allows people to read and look at pictures of what is taking place. This tool is invaluable for gaining new volunteers and funding. Here are five tips for starting a successful nonprofit blog:

  1. Read blogs
  2. Have the person who is most excited about the vision write the blog
  3. Post consistently
  4. Have an RRS feed and comments
  5. Just Start!

Getting the Most From Volunteers

Nonprofit organizations are able to thrive because of dedicated volunteers. Everyday thousands of people all over the world volunteer their time to help others. This blog explains how an organization can make the most of their great volunteers.

Have You Prayed Today?

Prayer can sometimes be a weird experience for many people. People ask questions like “what should i say?” or “what does God care about.” Check out this blog on prayer to learn more.


How do I talk with my Father in heaven?

It is a wonderful privilege that we can talk with the Lord of all heaven and earth at any time of the day or night. And we can discuss any subject with Him. We don’t need to use formal written prayers — although if these are more comfortable for us, that’s all right.

One day Jesus’ disciples asked Him a key question: “Can You teach us how to pray?” They had observed how much time Jesus spent quietly talking with His heavenly Father. The prayer He suggested is a model for us:

(Matthew 6:9-13):

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be (holy is) Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us…

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The use of child soldiers is more prevalent than anyone would like to admit. Check out this article to find out about a great organization that is making strides to end child slavery provide hope for the children and families of Central Africa.

The Vintage Press

Invisible Children (IC) is a movement which exists to bring a permanent end to LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army) Atrocities.”Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army have been abducting, killing, and displacing civilians in East and Central Africa since 1987.” Invisible Children (IC) uses Media, Mobilization, Protection, and Recovery to bring awareness to civilians in East and Central Africa. Media brings Documentary Films to share the knowledge and “inspire global action”. Mobilization means mobilizing groups of people to “support and advance international efforts to end LRA”. Protection warns civilians about LRA attacks and strongly urges LRA members to surrender, peacefully. Recovery brings hope to the children who have been effected by LRA, education and solutions for “lasting-peace”.

With over 150 workers and the support of 100,000+ people, Invisible Children (IC) has team member in both the U.S. and Africa. Spreading the word that their lives, the civilians in East and Central…

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World Food Day

This Tuesday, October 16th is world Food Day. People and organizations are making an effort to feed the need across the world. Here are five simple ways to make food last longer:

1. Wasting less or saving food
2. Shopping local or buying seasonal foods
3. Supporting small farmers
4. Cutting back on the amount of meat or dairy consumed
5. Cooking smarter

This simple steps can save money and food for people and need. It can also create an opening in your budget in order to donate to hungry people all over the world

Find out how to maximize your charities potential. New books and research is being to identify key components of successful charities and nonprofit organizations.

Mark Your Calender!

This Saturday on October 20th the Lakeland Dream Center is partnering with Victory Church to help meet the needs in the community. They are calling this event “Street Blitz.” The Dream Center is estimating between 300-500 volunteers to come out and help serve in a variety of ways:

  • Distributing Food, Clothing, and Furniture
  • Remodeling our future Resource Outreach Center
  • Helping clean local lots
  • Sharing information about programs available at Dream Center of Lakeland
  • Facilitating Free Car Washes
  • Giving Away Energy Conservation Kits
  • Much more!

Schedule of Events:

  • 8:35AM – Shuttle Bus 1 Departs Victory Church (West Lot)
  • 8:50AM – Shuttle Bus 2 Departs Victory Church (West Lot)
  • 9:00AM –  Kick-Off Rally & Assigning Outreach Teams
  • 9:30AM – Outreach Teams Begin Designated Projects
  • 11:15AM – Clean-up & Return to Dream Center Gym
  • 11:30AM – Celebration Rally
  • 12:00PM – Dismissal
  • 12:00PM – Shuttle Bus 1
  • 12:15PM – Shuttle Bus 2

A New Season

The Dream Center of Lakeland has two basketball seasons every year for middle and high school aged boys. League Play officially started this past Wednesday at the Dream Center.

Steven Hill, Dream Center Director said, “As exciting as the game play was, we are even more excited about the passion our mentors have displayed for seeing the students that participate grow into men of God. We are looking forward to a great year, full of life-changing impact that spreads far beyond the basketball court. Pray for our mentors and coaches as they look for ways to teach character, integrity, and what it means to follow Christ to the teams that fill the building each week.”

What is your favorite nonprofit?

Do you have a favorite nonprofit organization? What is it? Post a link in the comment box if so.