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“Once upon a time, wasn’t singing a part of everyday life as much as talking, physical exercise, and religion? Our distant ancestors, wherever they were in this world, sang while pounding grain, paddling canoes, or walking long journeys. Can we begin to make our lives once more all of a piece? Finding the right songs and singing them over and over is a way to start. And when one person taps out a beat, while another leads into the melody, or when three people discover a harmony they never knew existed, or a crowd joins in on a chorus as though to raise the ceiling a few feet higher, then they also know there is hope for the world.” – Pete Seeger

Hope for the world. What’s that even mean? What’s that look like?

As I write this post, I know there will be people reading it and shaking their head in disbelief. Doubting there are any reasons to hold out hope for the world we live in. That it’s too big of a problem and way bigger than any of us can even begin to handle. So why even try? It’s a waste of time to talk about.

But I guess that depends on what you’re hoping for in the world.

Thanks to your generous giving, you’ve given 147 people their first taste of hope. You helped 147 people who maybe couldn’t even begin to dream of hoping for the big things of life…like wars to stop and violence to cease and love to increase…but only hoped they wouldn’t go thirsty for another day. That their kids would cry a little less from sickness…or that they’d live through the night to fight for life another day. You saved women from walking miles and miles to gather undrinkable water for their families. You gave them all the chance to dream for something bigger.

So don’t lose your hope.

You’ve given 147 people a chance to sing together, to find a new beat in life, and to join in a new chorus. Let’s see what hope we can pour out in October!


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