Sep 07 2012

September 7, 2012 Stories

William Larry Swilling, 77, holds a sign trying to a kidney for his wife of 56 years

Man tries to find a kidney for his wife

Texas raises speed limit to 85 mph on busy highway

Brazilian sprinter Yohansson Nascimento insisted on finishing his race despite a painful injury and fall 

Hurricane Isaac Victims Pay What They Can At Slim Goodies Diner in New Orleans 

Don't mess with Mama! Pauline Bragg chases intruder out house, holds him down until police come.

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Sep 06 2012

8 Year-Old Abbie Finds $4,000 and Returns It

Maine Girl Returns Lost Money, Gains Awesome Reward. Shine from YAHOO!

Way to go Abbie!

Ask yourself honestly: You find a big wad of cash on the ground, there are no surveillance cameras in sight, and nobody is watching you, what do you do? Jennifer Jacobson, a stay-at-home mom in Maine, admits that she had to think about it for a minute when her eight-year-old discovered $4,000 on the sidewalk by a Sam's Club. As for her daughter Abbie? "It never crossed her mind to keep it," mom tells Shine.

Abbie Jacobson saw the money spilling out of a small green cloth purse back in April. "She was so sad and sick to her stomach" thinking about the people who had lost it, says Jennifer. Dad John looked inside and, in addition to more than $4,000 cash, found some Cambodian currency, gold rings, and a debit card from the University Credit Union in Portland with the name "Ra Rim." The family gave the money to the police and called the bank leaving their telephone number.

Jacobson says her daughter, who started third grade on Tuesday, never expected any reward for turning in the cash. "Her teacher told the class about it on the first day of school and the other students clapped," She says. "That was very nice for her." However, mom says that when a reporter recently pressed Abbie on what she would do with $4,000, she hesitated then gushed, "see a Justin Bieber concert." A few days ago, the forces of karma delivered: Abbie, her parents, and her older brother and sister learned they will be attending the sold-out show in Boston on November 10.

Back to April: The day after the family first turned in the cash, Ra Rim, who had been contacted by the credit union, called and invited them to lunch. When she saw the little girl, she started crying and ran up and gave her a huge hug. Rim and her husband Sa, who are Cambodian immigrants, explained they had been saving the money for a trip back to their country and they were supposed to leave the very next day.

Jacobson tells Shine, like many families, hers has struggled during the recession. "Abbie has severe asthma and spends four or five days at time on oxygen at the hospital in the winter," says mom. She isn't able to run and is left out of a lot of activities at school. "She takes a lot of medication and there are a lot of medical bills." When the family learned how the Rims survived the brutal Khmer Rouge regime and spent four years doing hard labor in a prison camp, "It changes your whole perspective," dad John told the Portland Press Herald, "In that way, I think they have given to us."

The Rims were able to go on their trip and the Jacobson family thought the story was over—until about a week ago when Abbie's good deed came to the attention of the Portland Press Herald via an email from Rosemarie De Angelis, an English instructor who teaches Rim's daughter, Chansatha, at the local community college. The front page story mentioning Abbie Jacobson's Bieber fever caught the eye of John Everets, the Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Bank of Maine. "This is a chance to do something nice for a beautiful little girl," he reportedly told Renee Smyth, the bank's Senior Vice President, who managed to score the concert tickets.

"A lot of people have asked us why Abbie gave the money back," Jacobson tells Shine. "But we always taught our kids, 'whatever is in your heart, you do the right thing.' And it has paid off." Mom says Abbie wants to start a blog where kids can share stories of hope and inspiration. "She's humble, but I know that inside she's beaming."

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Sep 06 2012

September 6, 2012 Stories

Now blink and flick channels! FirstPost

How to be happier at work. CBS News 

Can You Be Fat and Fit - or Thin and Unhealthy? TIME 

Spacewalking Astronauts Fix Space Station With Toothbrush. YAHOO! News - That's so McGyver!

Jessica Simpson: 'My body is not bouncing back like a supermodel.' TODAY 

Paralympics 2012: Brad Snyder Navy Veteran Blinded In Afghanistan, Wins Gold. Huffington Post - The stories coming from the Paralympics have been amazing!

The pigs of 'Angry Birds' get their own game. USA TODAY - If you are a fan of the game "Angry Birds" you might have heard that the pigs are getting revenge against the birds.

Gabby Douglas to release memoir in December. TODAY - “Grace, Gold and Glory, My Leap of Faith,’’  and will detail her journey to gold in the London Olympics.

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Back Home & on Air
Mar 05 2012

Back Home & on Air

I am glad to be home, but there is a part of me that still lingers in Afghanistan, and honestly, probably always will.  This past week has helped change my life forever.  Thanks to CURE Intl., I have seen first hand that sharing the Gospel, begins with caring for people.  

In Matthew 25, Christ calls us to share our faith by caring for people, he tells us to feed, clothe and love even the “least of these”, and that is exactly what this past week was about… And we saw God move in amazing ways.  

The lesson here isn’t that we have to travel to a place like Afghanistan to do that, it is simply that we need to take advantage of those opportunities, whenever and wherever they present themselves, this is what it means to “be the light of the world”.  In living our lives this way, people will want to know why, and it is then that God opens the door for you to share the Gospel.  I can only imagine how God can use us to change the world, for his glory, once we have learned to love as he does.

Airport adventure on my way home.

Recap of the impact of CURE's surgery on Ali.

Ind. mom loses legs but saves kids from tornado. U.S. News

An Indiana woman lost both her legs when her family's home collapsed on top of her Friday as she was shielding her two children from a devastating tornado. But thanks to the woman's efforts, her kids survived.

Levi's 'All Shapes And Sizes' Campaign Only Applies To Skinny Girls. Business Insider

Study:Banning too-thin models could help curb anorexia. TODAY

Bounty scandal has Saints in disarray. ESPN

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3/5/2012 12:28:21 PM
Monica United States
Amen!, i agree. What you all did in Afghanistan was an amazing way to show God's love. it inspires me, even though i wasnt able to go( i really wanted to), but it inspires me, because God can use us where ever we are when we simply s tep out andshow Gods love!
3/5/2012 1:32:38 PM
julie oliver United States
julie oliver
praise jesus what a wonderful thing you have done for these loving people i hope you recieved all the blankets and hats i sent before you left to take with you. god bless cant wait to hear all about your trip on the air. and dont forget the pics god bless you and k love for all you do. you are the light in a very dark world thank you again
3/5/2012 2:58:31 PM
Jordan United States
Ali is so cute and healed. Thank Jesus. He has a future now!
3/5/2012 3:27:35 PM
Cary Sove United States
Cary Sove
I was so excited for you Scott when I heard that you were going to make this trip and I knew that it WOULD be life changing.  My husband and I travel to India once a year and minister to the Dalit (the "untouchables") in many tribal villages in two separate states of India and I know that it totally wrecks you to Western Christianity.  And our money does SO MUCH overseas!  Like you shared, for just $1,000, little Ali's life is changed forever.  We are trying to raise $2,000 for a village near Vizianagaram that is a leper colony and has about 125 families.  The government built concrete buildings with no windows, just a door, for the lepers, and the village has a well, but with no electricity they have no way to get the water out of the well and no way to run fans in the concrete "homes" these precious people live in.  I cannot imagine having leprosy and living through 125 degree weather for months on end and no running water in the village.  This is but a drop in the bucket (no pun intended) of the things we see and the opportunities we have to radically change peoples' lives in the Name of Jesus.  It is an amazing thing to experience these types of things and to be Jesus with skin on to so many people that have no hope.  May the Lord bless you (and CURE,INT'L.) for the awesome work done!
3/5/2012 7:04:25 PM
RobfromVA United States
Romans 10:13,14
13 for, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." 14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?
3/6/2012 12:12:34 PM
Tracye Harris United States
Tracye Harris
All I can say is WOW and praise be to God!
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