Let Us Be Travelers

“Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.” — Jack Kerouac

Help Send Kelma to Haiti to See Her Son Again

“Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:4

http://www.gofundme.com/3nw7yc

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The lady in the picture above in Kelma King. She attends White House FBC with me, and she has a heart for Haiti more than anybody that I know. The young man in the picture is her Haitian son, Jean Mary Berdy. Kelma loves this young man as if he was her own son. She would do anything for him. Our church goes to Minoterie, Haiti, about every three to four months. We help a ministry there called Prosperity of God, which Jean Mary Berdy is a leader for. However, the problem is that Kelma does not have the money to go back to Haiti to see her son. I NEED YOU.  set up a donation page for her, which she does not know about. If God is calling you to donate, mesi anpil (thank you so much), and if you do not feel called to give, please pray that Kelma will be able to go back to Haiti and please share this page with anybody and everybody. The link below is the link to the donation page:

http://www.gofundme.com/3nw7yc

 

…I Am Going to Be a Mother!

And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?”

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No, don’t worry. No one impregnated me. However, if everything goes correctly, I will be sponsoring this precious little angel in the picture above. The young man holding her is my friend named Bildad. He used to live in Haiti, and now he studies in the United States and is my next-door neighbor. He is going to become a nurse and go back to Haiti to help his country. He is such an inspiring young man! This little girl’s father left her when she was a baby. Her mother is very sick and has been close with death a couple of times. She named Bildad her father, and she spends the night at his mother’s house. When I was in Haiti, this little girl would run up to me and hug all over me and play hand games with me. According to Bildad, this trip was the first time that he has ever heard her talk. Once the paperwork is finalized, I will be her quote unquote American mother. I will be sponsoring her throughout primary and secondary school. When I finish college, I will put her through an English school. And when she finishes high school, I will, hopefully, be able to send her to the United States for college, and she will live with me. Wi, wi, wi. 😀 Well, that is my vision. That is how I am going to change the world – through this precious little girl. One educated child at a time. 

Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”

Will You Come Change the World with Me?

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

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You may think you are too insignificant to make a difference in this world, to leave an impact on this world, to change this world. Well, I believe otherwise. If we join in numbers, we will have the ability to accomplish anything. I am calling on YOU. Yes, you. The sad truth is that 40% of Haitian children will never go to school. Education is something we take for granted here in the United States. I’m not asking you to sponsor a kid or donate money. No, I am asking you to go to this page and press the like button. Your like will expand Prosperity of God Ministries, and who knows, maybe your like will connect to someone who would want to sponsor a kid or donate to this amazing organization. This can, and will, change the future of Haiti, one educated Haitian kid at a time.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Prosperity-of-God-MinistriesProsperity-Ministries/258719000875730?fref=ts

I Have a Story to Tell…

Well I’ve heard there was a secret chord
That David played and it pleased the Lord
But you don’t really care for music, do you? 
Well it goes like this:
The fourth, the fifth, the minor fall and the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah

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Bonswa! I just arrived back in the states from Haiti yesterday. To give you a short summary: we painted Prosperity of God Ministries’ school, did a feeding program, bathed and clothed elderly women, had a soccer match, did a crusade, went to the market, went to a children’s prison, gave out shoes to the village, gave out clothes to the village, taught an English class, and much more. 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Prosperity-of-God-MinistriesProsperity-Ministries/258719000875730?fref=ts

Please go to the page and press the like button. It describes everything we did while we were in Haiti, everything we are still doing, and the ministry itself. Mesi anpil, anpil, anpil!

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I have been to Haiti twice within the past year, and I have this determination set on fire inside of me to do something. Ever since I was little, I have always known that I have been called to go out into the world and help others. I have finally decided to take that leap of faith – I plan to become an intern at Mission of Hope in Haiti (http://www.mohhaiti.org/). Mission of Hope does several projects that bring life transformation, lovingly cares for 65 orphans, gives children a hope and a future througheducation, improves health care in Haiti, feeds 54,000 Haitians each day, and trains, employs, and empowers Haitian amputee women and their families. I plan to intern during the summer, which is approximately three and a half months. The cost is $1,100 each month, and that does not include airfare. If all else fails, your money will allow me to go back to Haiti for a week with my church – White House First Baptist Church, Tennessee – and help Prosperity of God Ministries (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Prosperity-of-God-MinistriesProsperity-Ministries/258719000875730?fref=ts) which is another school close to Mission of Hope in a village named Minoetrie. If you donate, mesi anpil, anpil, anpil! If you do not donate, thank you for taking time out of your day to read this and please pray for me. Mwen renmen ou!

http://www.gofundme.com/3f6dzc

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Our soccer match. We tied 1-1.

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Prosperity of God Ministries’ choir singing at Mission of Hope.

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The English school!

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Painting Prosperity of God Ministries’ school!

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Game time!

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Riding in the back of the bus tap-tap style!

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At church at Mission of Hope! (Excuse my face, I was talking. Haha.)

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Prosperity of God Ministries’ school!

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We were able to give the kids uniforms!

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I spent my 18th birthday in Haiti, and they threw me a party!

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The calm before the storm. 🙂

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And it’s not a cry that you hear at night
It’s not somebody who’s seen the light
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah
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Hallelujah
Hallelujah

Hallelujah

Some of the Reasons as to Why I Have Not Posted in a Month

“Life’s aim, if it has one, is simply to be always looking for temptations. There are not nearly enough. I sometimes pass a whole day without coming across a single one. It is quite dreadful. It makes one so nervous about the future.”

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For starters, I graduated two weeks ago. I ended up being Salutatorian, which is something I have striven for four years now. I was able to speak at graduation, and my focus was “Don’t be afraid to do something because you fear making mistakes.” I basically rallied everyone up and told them to make mistakes. I am not sure if that was a good approach or not now… but everyone liked it, 5,000+ (exaggeration) came up to me and told me that it was inspiring, and the mayor complimented me and patted me on the back. I was nervous to speak; however, 5,000+ people tend to look like one giant blob of blackness when you’re on stage. 

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We graduated, yo.

Now that the stress from high school is gone, I am not really sure what to do with my life. Right now, I am relaxing until my job starts on the 10th. I am interning for Health Corporation of America in the ITS Business Risk Solutions department. Until then, I will be at the beach, relaxing and reading as the sun warms my spirit with a glass of pina colada in my hand. A week after I start working, I leave for Haiti. I want to say that I am a bit nervous, but I am not. I just feel overwhelmed with excitement. I also start college in the fall. The college I am going to is small, with around 1,000 students altogether. Right now, I am friends with 1/5 of my class, and I am basically  the Secretary/Treasurer for the first year class. And I love it. I feel like I can be myself and achieve anything by going to a small college. I am majoring in Computer Science and minoring in American Sign Language and Business. After college, I will be moving to Denver, Colorado. I have always wanted to live in Colorado, and Health Corporation of America already has connections for me over there. I am not sure where life will take me, but I feel like something big will happen. The future used to scare me, make me nervous, and break me. But now… I have never been more ready to face it and embrace it. YOU WILL NOT TRAMPLE OVER ME FUTURE because I am in control of you. 

To a New Beginning

“We all want to break our orbits, float like a satellite gone wild in space, run the risk of disintegration. We all want to take our lives in our own hands and hurl them out among the stars”

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I want to personally apologize for not blogging for the past month. I have had a lot on my plate with school and various activities that I did not have time to blog. But here I am! I had Prom this past Saturday, and it was an overall good experience. However, this post is not about Prom or school or the fact that Neutral Milk Hotel is reuniting for a tour or anything that has happened in my life in the past month. This post is about what awaits me in the future that has not arrived yet. With that being said, let me get to the point:

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My new passport (I lost my previous one) came in the mail today. I am now officially ready to leave for Haiti in 49 days, and I could not be happier. I have been thinking about the future a lot lately. If I cannot have control of my present, I will have control of my future. I believe that my purpose in this world is to make a difference.  With that being said, I want to start a project that I will work on during college and after, depending on how the project is going. I have always had a heart and an emotional understanding to children in third world countries. I want to do something that will help those children because they deserve a better life. I have been thinking about a project for six months now, but I have yet to come up with a definite plan for a project.

If you have any ideas for a project or want to collaborate, comment below or e-mail me at jordanashley.thomas@gmail.com

I believe that this project, whatever it may be, will be the reason why I am here on this earth. I am sorry this post is short and sweet, but I wanted to get my idea across in the most simple way as possible.

The Brevity of Life

“Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one’s head, and listen to the silence. To have no yesterday, and no tomorrow. To forget time, to forgive life, to be at peace.”

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Today, we had National Qualifiers for Congress. We arrived at the competition, and the director wanted to give us a tour to show us where we would be competing. While describing how forensics and debate came to the school, he was sitting down on a stone ledge. He went to stand and dropped dead. I heard the sound of his last gasping breath as his lifeless body hit the ground. Everyone did not know what to do. They gasped and took a step back as the shock of what happened came upon them. This man was a coach, and one of his students dropped to ground, rolled him on his back, and pointed to a lady to call 911. The adults realized the situation and jumped in to take over. All of the students started to back away to give room, and the adults told us to go to our chambers. We walked away, and everyone just started talking and acted like what we just witnessed never happened. I sat down in my assign seat and set my speeches to debate against bills in order on my desk. I wrote my name on my placard, and I waited. Because of the situation, the Parliamentarian told us that Congress would be postponed two weeks. I went downstairs to the Senate and talked to my best friend Hailey about the situation. The student who first helped the man told her that when they started giving CPR, he was spitting up blood and throwing up and that he did not have a pulse. However, the defibrillator still gave them the signal to shock. The ambulance arrived, and he was taken to a nearby hospital. My coach received a call about thirty minutes later saying that he had a massive heart attack, the doctors could not revive him, and he passed away. I witnessed the death of a man. I have seen a lot of people alive and a lot of people dead, but I have never seen the change from life to death before. The scene replayed in my head over and over and is still replaying. A couple of feet in front of me was this living human being who was talking, and the next, he was dead. I felt shocked at the situation, but I also saw beauty in his lifeless body. Death comes at a surprise, and life is too short to ever be ready for it. We will never know when we are going to die, so let us make the most in every moment. Let us not wait to do things because there will come a day when we will not be able to do them. Life is beautiful, and I have realized that death is also beautiful. All of the energy in your body is transformed, changing shapes and sizes and manifesting itself into something beautiful. Maybe your energy is transformed into the flowers six feet above you or maybe it is transformed into something higher than our own human understanding.

The End of the Pursuit of Happiness

“God knows what is hiding in this world of little consequence

Behind the tears, inside the lies

A thousand slowly dying sunsets

God knows what is hiding in those weak and drunken hearts

Guess the loneliness came knocking

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I have been thinking a lot lately, and I have decided to end my journey of finding happiness. You may be thinking, “Why, Jordan? You were so determined to find happiness. Like you said, everyone deserves a chance at happiness.” I know. I know. But it is not like that at all. I understand and know that I will find happiness soon. This journey was just too exhausting for me, and it’s hard to put all of my energy into it when I have other things to focus on as well. School started back yesterday, and I realized that I need to focus everything on school to reach the goals that I made for myself when I was a Freshman.

These goals are:

1) Maintain a 4.0 all throughout high school

2) Become Valedictorian

Well, I still have a 4.0. However, I will not be Valedictorian because the guidance counselors accidentally messed up my schedule last semester, and one girl has one extra honors class than me. It’s okay though because I can still achieve Salutatorian. In order to do this, I just have to make all A’s this semester. At the moment, I am borderline A/B in two of my class (Advanced Placement Calculus and Advanced Placement European History) with only 28 school days left. I just have to make an 89 this semester to receive an A. I know that’s easy to do, but I worry easily and imagine the worst possible results in every situation. I want to become Salutatorian because that means I get to speak at graduation. I want to inspire people through my graduation speech; however, I do not want my graduation speech to be the typical you-can-do-anything-as-long-as-you-put-your-mind-to-it type speech. I want to step away from the cliches and be different from everyone in the past. I want my speech to be depressingly beautiful. Something like, “I’m so sick and tired of people trying to move mountains because it’s the newest fad.” But I am not sure yet. I’ll keep you posted, and – if I do become Salutatorian – I will put the video of my speech on here. Let you all see a side of me instead of pictures and words typed on a screen. You may be asking yourself if I will ever begin my pursuit of happiness again. The answer to that is no, not any time soon. I have realized that I will be finally free from the bondage of the past four years in a month and a half. I will be able to focus on a future that is filled with endless possibilities. A future full of potential and where I can create something beautiful. In this moment, I am distracting myself and trying to find a pattern until graduation. After graduation, I will look on this world and see the beauty that exists in it and do my best to help people along the way. We are all here in this world for each other. I have realized that, and it is something that I have been thinking about for months. I am a part of you as much as you are a part of me, even though we do not know each other. By helping myself, I thought I could help others, too. I’m too exhausted to help myself at the moment. But I now understand the reason why I love helping other people and why I feel like it’s my purpose in life. If I help other people, I will essentially be helping myself.  Helping others does not exhaust me. In fact, in fuels every fiber of my being. That is what I will be focusing on over the summer. I know my purpose in this life is to create something beautiful that  will reach everyone and help them in some way. Yes, I want to create something beautiful for you. I want to help you. I want to hear all of your stories. I want to stand by your side and watch you be the person who you have always wanted to be. I want to know you. The real you. Not the facade that you put on for reality.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joi5YhlGNUs

Please listen to that song. It will break you in a beautiful way.

No one needs to be alone, oh singin’

People help the people.”

Pursuit of Happiness: Day Six

“Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.”

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Well, today… was hard. I have no more energy left. Good night, bloggers.

Pursuit of Happiness: Day Five (Cleaning Out the Clutter)

“And I try my best to embrace the darkness in which I swim.”

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(That’s my brother and best friend. Just some twin loving.)

Today was a relaxing and simple day. I went out and got a massage with my mother. I came home, and I spring cleaned the entire house. That sums up my entire day, but now I will proceed to go into agonizing detail about it because this post needs to be longer… I woke up at 10:58, and… Okay, okay. Maybe not that much detail. When we walked into the massage place, soft and sweet sounding music was gently playing. People in robes were walking around, and everything seemed calm. I went to the “locker room” and changed in the bathroom. The robe was soft, and the sandals had beads and a coat of lotion. I went into a warm and cozy room and sat down. I got a drink of cucumber water and ate some apricots. Then some more people came in the room. There was small talk, but I was too busy focused on the ladies who did not cover everything up with their robes, if you catch my drift. I felt uncomfortable and just focused on my cucumber water. Then the lady came and got me for my massage. Now, this was the first massage. I don’t like exposing my body to a stranger, so I was nervous. But the massage was, overall, relaxing. The lady did make me feel awkward when she massaged my upper legs and my sides, but I just reminded myself that this is her job… Haha. Yeah, it was awkward. Anyway. I came home and cleaned the entire house. It took me about six hours, but I feel lighter now. Everything is clean, and I no longer feel stressed. Well, because I am random, here is a picture of my clean room:

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I realize that it is kind of unusual, and creepy in a way, to show the world a picture of my room, but this clean room means a lot to me. This room represents my life right now. I cleaned out my closet, organized my clothes, polished my dressers and desks and tables, washed the walls, made my bed, and vacuumed the carpet. I ended up with four bags of trash and two bags to donate at the end. My room is organized, and my life feels organized. Everything is in its place in my room, and everything is starting to come in place in my life. The window is opened, and the wind is lifting me up and giving me the potential to fly. My room is simple and empty. I have the ability to make it into anything, and I feel like I can make my life be whatever I want it to be. I want everyone to know that I see happiness, and I am running to it at a full sprint. (MPC – if you are reading this – thank you for putting me on this journey. I am starting to see the beauty in life again, and I am smiling a little bit more. I know it is only Day Five, but five days of focusing just on myself gives me a lot of time to think, sort things out, and understand who I am. Alone time will be over in “T – happiness,” and I cannot wait to call you and hear your voice again. Okay, enough cheesiness. Back to blogging.) When you are tired of seeing black, search inside of yourself. Dip into your thoughts, and you will be able to change the way you see the world and everything in it. When you do this, you will begin to mix together all the colors you know as your thoughts mix, and even though you still get black, it will hold a new meaning as all of the beautiful colors combined instead of a lonely color.

(For my Chemistry people out there, I understand that black in the absence of color and white is all of the colors combined. But for this scenario, just roll with it.)