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

What is your favorite nonprofit?

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

The fight to end human trafficking is an up hill battle. Many are not aware of how serious of an issue it really is. This article explains the tragedy of human trafficking and strides to end it.

Casual Curiosities

It’s 2012…  Slavery is long abolished right?! No, sadly not even close.
There’s abuse going on day in and day out, in foreign countries, and RIGHT AROUND US.

It’s easy to just deny things, or stay uninformed.. So if you’re faint of heart.. You might not want to keep reading..
This is something that has been on my mind for a bit, but recently just got put boldly in my face, & I can’t ignore it…

Sex Trafficking is a huge Industry in our world today, it makes me a little sick to my stomach to think that there’s an entire “INDUSTRY” based on assault, abuse, rape, molestation, and not nearly enough is being done to stop it. Now not all of us should or could pick up and fly to Greece, Uzbekistan, Turkey, Romania, or Russia or any of the other countries that are plagued by this horror.. but…

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Learn how to make the most of various Social Media Outlets. Check out this blog to learn about the wide array of opportunities available through Social Media.


It’s funny that the word(s) “non-profit organizations” has the word “organization” embedded within. In my mind, having a successful non-profit means staying organized. But that seems to be pretty vague, don’t you think? Organization, at least to me, implies staying on top of your tasks, staying updated on client feedback, and just as importantly, staying knowledgeable about the online social media resources that exist solely to aid non-profit organizations in their quest to better their individual communities.

Kanter, Fine and Mansfield are all experts in non-profit organization. They seem well-versed in many of the world’s most popular social media tools including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr. And while I believe these four tools are crucial to getting your non-profit’s message out there, it’s equally important to always strive to learn more, whether that means finding new apps for your social media networks or exploring uncharted social media territory.

Facebook, Twitter…

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Volunteering in the local community should not be take for granted. However, the need in various parts of the world is alarming. This blog post by Priscilla Pennington reveals the need in Mathare valley and what is being done to help. I encourage everyone to get involved in your community locally and abroad. We all share this world together.

Just Beyond the Slums

Mathare Valley; an area encompassing two by one miles of living space, totaling over 700,000 people crammed into plastic bag roofed houses, is inviting you to become part of its community. Considered one of the largest slums in Africa, Mathare is home to poverty, diseases, poor sanitation, and no running water. But no worries, it is a huge tourist spot and you are more than likely to make the front page news in America. Mathare valley is inviting you to venture into its neighborhood and become a part of something new, by setting up a home/booth for people to gawk at.

Often time’s slums are viewed negatively or in a place for people to exhibit true charity, but what people do not realize is that in that anguish there is also joy and prosperity. As May Hobbs, the author of Born to Struggle, once said, “One slum is another person’s…

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How do you see God? The Nonprofits that have been feautred “For the People by the People” have all been Christ Centered. Christians are called to reach out and help the needy and the forgotten people of this world. Here is a quick devotion to provoke thought.

Branded Student Ministry

Ever wonder how you can know God exists?

Really know just by observing, until you learn to trust?

Today’s Daily Devo points to a way to look around a see amazing evidence for God’s existence.

Keep reading.

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