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The Best Teacher

By: Brieya Mikale on | Comments: 0
Remembering The Best Teacher 

Think back to when you were growing up. Do you remember your favorite teacher? Was it a patient teacher who listened when you had something to say? Or maybe it was a teacher who was so genuinely invested in you that you felt like you could do anything. Did a name pop into your head? (The name might be one of a family member if you were homeschooled!)

Whoever the name belongs to, looking back they were probably just like you now. A person who has burdens, stress, and all the “fun” adult responsibilities that come with having a job, like teaching, but then chooses to leave the weight of it all outside the classroom for the sake of the students. Why? Because those teachers knew how to love people well even when being a teacher was hard!

Our biggest teacher here at GiveSendGo has taught us that time and time again, even in the midst of nasty messages and emails, pressure from the media, and other factors. That teacher's name is Jesus. We want to love people regardless of who they are, what they look like, or who they voted for...just like Jesus did. 

As Christians, we want to grow more like Jesus every day. Having the profession of a teacher is an honor that goes unnoticed and unappreciated most of the time, but can make such a great difference in the life of a student. We see that in the gospels when Jesus is teaching the crowds, his disciples, or even an outcast. Jesus explained things in a way that made it easier for all different kinds of people to understand, just like teachers do! He knew one style of teaching wasn't fit for all, he understood having patience in the midst of being asked a million questions all at once, and he fostered people’s gifts and helped them grow in skill and understanding! We see this in everyday teaching and schooling. It’s never one size fits all! 

If you’re a teacher or you know a teacher, encourage and pray for them this upcoming school season. Start a GiveSendGo campaign for them to help with purchasing back-to-school supplies!
 
Whether it’s in your home or at a classroom, teachers are hardworking people who know how to love so well, like Jesus did, and we appreciate you! 
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Big Tech vs Bad Tech

By: Brieya Mikale on | Comments: 1

According to TechTarget, “Big Tech” is a term referring to “the most dominant and largest technology companies in their respective sectors.” 

In a recent interview, GiveSendGo Co-founder Heather Wilson stated, “People are using ‘big tech’ as a bad word, but GiveSendGo is becoming big tech. The verbiage for what big tech [simply] means a big platform. There will be big tech and bad tech, and bad tech are the ones impeding on people's privileges and freedoms when it is in no way their right or responsibility to do so.”

We see alternative companies popping up all the time. Some of the more known alternative companies are social media platforms like Gab, MeWe, Gettr, and others. These platforms are started by individuals who see the issues of censorship and people’s freedoms being stripped away, so they take action. But, it isn't an easy task for these alternative platforms. When you take a stand against bad tech, you’re made an outcast, and then called derogatory phrases which aren’t true by people who don’t even know you. 

Don’t let bad tech fool you. You’re not alone! There are millions of people using these alternative platforms because they feel the same way. Courage is contagious. If you don’t like how something is done then DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! If you stand firm, eventually people will follow! These “alternative platforms” are on their way to becoming big tech, so instead of calling them the “alternatives” let's start calling them the “replacements”. 

Bad Tech can be replaced!!
 
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You're the Hero

By: BRIEYA MIKALE on | Comments: 2
Chapter One: Tragedy Strikes! 

Things begin to fall apart and the situation you’re in seems to be getting worse before it gets better. It almost feels like a plot to a twisted book. Is there any end to this chapter, to this book even? We’ve all had moments where everything seems to be falling apart.

At GiveSendGo we often see these narratives play out in campaigns across our platform, people all over the world stuck in hopeless situations. 

But, isn’t that the start of every great story? The protagonist is faced with some problem they just can’t seem to get past and just before they give up someone comes along and guides them down the right path, the path to victory, the path to their happy ending. 

In this story, there are many heroes, and, guess what, you’re one of them! 

First, the campaign owner.

This person is the one who creates the GiveSendGo campaign. Maybe they see a need, whether in their own life, or in the life of someone they know in their church, community, or family. They simply see a need and have a desire to fill that need. 

This is where GiveSendGo comes into the narrative. We see your need and come alongside you as a guide, providing a platform where you can raise money for that very need. We want to do everything in our power to see your campaign successful at the end of your journey. In faith, you step out, with us as your guide, and you begin raising funds for that need. The future ahead of you and full of possibilities. 

And sure, raising money is an intimidating, confusing thing. That’s why it’s important to us to provide a safe, reliable, and free platform where you feel confident voicing your needs and raising money. The journey may also be long and sometimes discouraging when there’s no end in sight. That’s why GiveSendGo provides encouragement in the form of prayer partners who will call you, and other campaign owners, to pray for you and your campaign. 

But every story has supporting roles, characters the protagonist couldn’t succeed without. They’re heroes too and ones you’ll be glad to journey alongside. 

This next hero is the Giver.

Givers are essential to keeping the story alive and moving forward through the donations they make to GiveSendGo campaigns. Without them and their donations, you would never make it to your end fundraising goal. These are the people with hearts of generosity and kindness, who simply want to give what they can to someone whose story touched their heart. 

No matter how much each giver is able or willing to give, we always encourage them that their donations make an impact in the lives of thousands of people on our platform. In fact, the Givers Army is made up of a community of these givers who have pledged to give to campaigns each month. We celebrate our Army of Givers by having annual parties, sending them a thank-you package in the mail, and more! It’s a community any giver can join! 

GiveSendGo would like to thank all the heroes on our platform! If you’ve chosen GiveSendGo as your fundraising platform, we’re honored to be a part of your story and to help you in your journey to raising money and meeting a large community of givers who will play such an integral part in your story! We can’t wait to see how your journey unfolds! We hope you’ll also consider giving to someone else’s cause and be a part of their amazing story, as well! 
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