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Good News Tuesday: Prepare to Be Inspired

“If you do something wrong to my animals, I will catch you.”  ___Vimbai Kumire

A female anti-poaching unit protects elephants in Zimbabwe.  Many of these women are single mothers or survivors of abuse. My heart cheers with hope for them, for their courage and dedication. In this video, you can see how important their work is to them.

Fighting the monster of addiction also takes courage. It’s harder than most people realize. Crystal Champ gave her baby to a hero, but Crystal is a hero, too.  In this video, she’s been sober six months.

 

Good news is happening all over the world.

The world needs to see it.

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Good News Tuesday: Three Stories, Plus One More!

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1. Declaring Peace:

The countries of Ethiopia and Eritrea have been called “sworn enemies” after a border war from 1998 to 2000 left nearly 100,000 dead. Since then, the two countries have been in a tense state verging on war. But that status changed last week as the leaders ushered in “a new era of peace and friendship.” Ethiopia’s new prime minister, Abiy Ahmed “announced the two countries have agreed to reopen embassies and ports and allow flight operations to strengthen diplomatic ties between them.”

You can read more here.

 

2. New Legs for Maya!

Eight-year-old Maya Merhi from Syria lost her legs as an infant and has been walking on  pipes attached to tin cans. But a doctor in Turkey volunteered to help:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-girl/first-new-steps-for-syrian-girl-who-used-tin-cans-for-legs-idUSKBN1JW1AX

 

3. Progress in Thailand Cave Rescue

 

4. CAVE RESCUE

I had a feeling this might happen today and wondered if I should wait. But anyway, here it is! All the boys and their coach were rescued from the cave! Thank you to all the heroes and for the one who sacrificed his life. Pray that all the rescuers get out safely.

 

Good news happens. More is on the way!

Feel free to share yours!

 

 

 

 


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98 Year Old Veteran Finally Gets His Commission

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

It’s a sad injustice that John Edward James had to wait so long for his commission as second Lieutenant. But the good news is that his family’s persistent advocacy finally made a difference.

 

Do your best anyway and never give up!

 

(Note on the quote: Dr. Martin Luther King was paraphrasing from the 1853 sermon “Of Justice and Conscience,” by Theodore Parker, a Unitarian minister and transcendentalist who called for the abolition of slavery.)

 

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Teenager and Others Help Blind and Deaf Passenger on Flight

Good News Teenager helps Tim with sign language
I found this story on Facebook’s Goodnewspaper and traced it to the page of  poet Lynette Scibner.   
There’s a video below, but please read Lynette’s moving account first:
“I saw this gentleman, Tim, in Boston’s Logan airport with the sister he’d been visiting. It appeared he was both deaf and blind, as I observed her signing into his hand for him to feel her words. When he came aboard the plane he had been assigned the middle seat of my row. The kind gentleman named Eric, who had the aisle seat, graciously gave it up for him. At this point Tim was traveling alone. The flight attendants sincerely wanted to assist him, but had no way to communicate. I watched as they didn’t flinch when he reached out to touch their faces and arms. They took his hand and tried so hard to communicate with him, to no avail. He had some verbal ability, but clearly could not understand them. Eric did his best to assist him with things like opening coffee creamer and putting it in his coffee. When Tim made the attempt to stand up and feel his way to the restroom, Eric immediately got up to help him. The flight attendants were talking among themselves and someone suggested paging to see if anyone on board knew sign language. That’s when this lovely young woman came into the picture. 15 years old, she learned ASL because she had dyslexia and it was the easiest foreign language for her to learn. For the rest of the flight she attended to Tim and made sure his needs were met. It was fascinating to watch as she signed one letter at a time into his hand. He was able to ‘read’ her signing and they carried on an animated conversation. When he asked her if she was pretty, she blushed and laughed as Eric, who had learned a few signs, communicated an enthusiastic yes to Tim. I don’t know when I’ve ever seen so many people rally to take care of another human being. All of us in the immediate rows were laughing and smiling and enjoying his obvious delight in having someone to talk to. Huge kudos to the flight attendants of Alaska Airlines who went above and beyond to meet Tim’s needs. I can’t say enough about this beautiful young woman named Clara who didn’t think twice about helping her fellow passenger, and Eric’s instant willingness to assist as well. It was a beautiful reminder, in this time of too much awfulness, that there are still good, good people who are willing to look out for each other. #alaskaairlines
6/21/18 Addendum: This has come to the attention of Alaska Airlines and they are in touch with Clara’s family, the facility where Tim lives, and Eric. I have been so touched by the response to this story. We are all starving for good news and this was just what we needed. Thanks all!”
 

 
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A Superhero, Kids on a Plane, and a Cursive Writing Champ

I hope you enjoy these three good news stories involving children.

Four year old Austin is a superhero who helps the homeless with food and with lots of love. I think he’s going to run for president some day. He’s got my vote!

This next story is about a man who helps out with children on a plane. Some people would ask to move to a different seat. But this guy jumps in to help with persistent patience.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/mans-act-of-kindness-on-airplane-goes-viral-after-grateful-mom-posts-about-him/?ftag=CNM-00-10aab7e&linkId=51561250

And finally, nine year old Anaya Ellick who was born without hands, recently won another award for cursive handwriting.

 

Feel free to share your good news in the comments, be it personal, local, or global!

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