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  • ivanildotrindade 9:07 pm on May 11, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: career move, changing direction, desert experience, go and do, , go and do book review, go and do here, go and do overseas, , laura gibson, middle class life   

    “Go and Do” Is Closer Than You Think! 

    Blogger’s Note: Today I have the great privilege to welcome Laura Gibson, my friend and former co-worker, into these pages. Laura now serves as a board member of G.R.O.W. and she just finished reading the book Go and Do (remember, the one that if you buy on Amazon you will be helping G.R.O.W.?). Well, here are her reflections, please give a listen:

    Go and Do is a book about one young man’s journey in life through the lens of his Christian faith. Jay Milbrandt seemed to come from a typical middle-class family that afforded him the opportunity to go to college and then on to law school. But Jay, like many of us who have lives of relative privilege, felt bored and less than purposeful pursuing the typical American lawyer life.

    So, through the work of the Spirit in him, a sermon about life’s deserts, and Jay’s own choice to risk the possibility of hurting his career, he set out to go and do. Jay’s go and do trip led him to  spend a summer interning in Thailand to help combat human trafficking and his life has never been the same.  In going and doing , taking the biggest risk of his life, he felt more alive than he ever had and more in the center of God’s will than ever before. He continues to live this lifestyle and remains alive and purpose-filled in it.

    In reading this book, I resonated with Jay. From as young as I can remember, I have always felt the urge to go and do, specifically for orphans. I did this in college, spending six months in Cambodia, helping AIDS orphans.  The experience wrecked and re-ordered my life priorities in good and bad ways. But God was in it all.

    If you are bored with your life, if you hope that Christianity has to be more than church on Sundays and daily personal devos, this book is for you. God will change you in the midst of it, in ways you hope for and possibly ways you don’t. If you go and do, you will be different when you come back. You won’t fit into “normal life” the way you used to. You have to be ready to risk and truly believe that the only life you need to fit into is the one God calls you to.

    One caveat, Jay talks of going to far away places like Thailand, Uganda, and Rwanda. This is great and if this is where your heart is, pray for funds to go and live frugally so you can. But you can go and do in the exact place you live right now. There are children and adults who are abused, parentless, and homeless in every town in America. You can go and do to the least of these right where you are or across an ocean. One might lead to the other. Just don’t limit yourself and don’t limit God. One appears more glamorous, but they are of equal value in the eyes of God. Be in the Word and in prayer so you can determine where God might be leading you.

    And then: DON’T THINK TOO MUCH. Just go and do. And see where God takes you.

    Laura Gibson

    • Julie 12:52 pm on May 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Ivanildo, Can you give us some “go and do” ideas in a future post? I’m especially interested in the areas of abuse prevention through domestic violence work and through prison ministries, both male and female.

  • ivanildotrindade 4:28 pm on April 15, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , go and do, , , pepperdine university, , , , , , , vacation with a purpose,   

    Go and Do – a little book with a big dare 

    It’s not every day that you get a book for free and you go home and you read half of it before you go to bed on the same day, but that’s exactly what happened to me last Friday!

    Just before I went home, as I always do, I checked my mail box and found a yellow envelope from Tyndale Publishers. Inside it was a brand new copy of Jay Milbrandt’s book Go and Do: Daring to Change the World One Story at a Time with a note from the author. The book is outstanding and I can’t recommend it enough. You can pre-order it on Amazon now and it will be available on Barnes & Nobles starting this coming Thursday.

    Jay Milbrandt is a young attorney and serves as the Director of the Global Justice Program and Associate Director of the Nootbaar Institute for Law, Religion, and Ethics at Pepperdine University School of Law. He is also a friend and more importantly, he is a friend to Faa, the young lady with whom I co-founded G.R.O.W., an organization that is rescuing children from the sex trade industry in SE Asia.

    For this reason, I am partial to the book. I knew it was being published and I even got an advanced copy of some of its contents. Gosh, I even made some suggestions to the author, a couple of which made it to the final version of the book. But I am biased for another reason: every purchased copy of Jay’s book will generate a contribution to the work of G.R.O.W.

    And here is why: I met Jay in Thailand. He already knew Faa and had been working with her on some projects rescuing at-risk children and advocating on behalf of some landless, displaced youths who had no place to go. Jay had his life changed by the children Faa introduced to him on the streets of Chiang Mai and in fact in the first 55 pages of his book, he tells the story of how me met Faa and how the children she was helping on the streets changed his life.

    Jay is convinced that every change starts with us first and he tells the story of how this happened to him. Faa played a big part in it and thus his tale is filled with stories of redemption and chaos from the life of children with no voice. You will laugh and cry as you read Jay’s story, and I hope it will inspire you to go and do something.

    It could start with a trip overseas. Not simply a vacation, but a vacation with a purpose. Perhaps your journey will parallel Jay’s. If nothing also, you will be helping G.R.O.W. build a learning center in Wiang Pa Pao, Thailand, which is how Jay is going to use part the funds generated through the sale of his book.

    I hope you will buy a copy of this book. It is not a long book, in fact, as books go, it is a little book. But there is a big dare inside of it. Read it to find out. You may find yourself, just like Jay, asking the question, “What Am I Here For?” And the journey will start.

    Ivanildo C. Trindade

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