Jan 16 2017

A life of service

Reflecting on the wisdom of Dr. King

Two girls hugging with the text, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"

by Maureen Lunn, Writer/Editor at Unbound

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”

When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. posed this question, he likely meant it to inspire us and stir our hearts, not elicit specific responses from his audience.

It would be easy for many of us to answer his question literally, listing our charitable acts such as donating and volunteering. But Dr. King was likely asking us to dig deeper. He was inspiring in us a life of service, in which considering the needs and feelings of others becomes a lifestyle.

Sponsoring someone through Unbound fits this idea of a lifestyle of service, probably more than you think. I know that when I started working here last year, I was blown away as I learned how truly life-changing the work is. This place isn’t just any nonprofit. It’s unlike any organization I’ve ever been a part of.

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We’re the only major sponsorship organization in the U.S. that directly assists elders, while learning from their wisdom.

We utilize a unique small group model that provides encouragement and accountability by supporting parents of sponsored children and creating growth opportunities for families.

Through the highly personalized benefits of sponsorship, families in our programs are empowered to break the cycle of poverty in their own lives, setting a new standard for future generations.

And these are just some of my personal favorite Unbound facts.

Through the highly personalized benefits of sponsorship, families in our programs are empowered to break the cycle of poverty in their own lives, setting a new standard for future generations.

When you sponsor through Unbound, you’re really doing something for others. Yes, you’re making a monthly donation and (hopefully!) writing a letter a few times a year — but you’re also doing something that you don’t see, that you may not think to list in response to Dr. King’s question, “What are you doing for others?”

You’re helping create vast networks of support and honoring the dignity of those on the margins of society.

You’re helping people break out of generations-long cycles of poverty and hardship.

You’re helping someone change his or her own life; and when that happens, the lives of family members change; and when that happens, the lives of community members change; and eventually, yes, we change the world together.

Today as I reflect on the life of service of Dr. King, I’m grateful to know a community like Unbound, a community that provides the opportunity for me to do something for others in a meaningful, lasting way.

When you sponsor, you’re really doing something for others. Learn more.

 

Maureen Lunn

Contributing Writer

With a master’s degree in international studies, Maureen has long been passionate about international development and loves using writing as a means to share that passion. She is a globetrotter, movie lover, Sporting KC fan, yoga teacher and self-designated crazy cat lady. Maureen and her husband, Toby, sponsor an elder in Kenya named M’Nkanatha and a young woman in Guatemala named Vivian.

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