Counting the Change: Stories of Transformation at Chase Oaks

By , Copy Editor| June 13th, 2019|

When we set goals in our lives, most of the time we set goals that are measurable. For example, if we are want to live a healthier lifestyle, we might set a goal where we eat salad with dinner or where we replace three meals per week with protein shakes. If our goals are not [...]

Doing the Unexpected in Our Community

By , Copy Editor| June 4th, 2019|

Love Does The Unexpected is about spreading love throughout our community as we act surprisingly, give generously, and share broadly. Act surprisingly is about engaging our community in creative ways. It is about doing the unexpected in our community as we love others in surprising ways in our neighborhoods, workplaces, and schools. This spring, Chase [...]

How to Love Our LGBTQ Friends

By , Copy Editor| June 2nd, 2019|

A recent survey revealed that 90% of young people today think a main identifier of Christianity is that it is anti-homosexual. For people in the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning) community, they wrestle with reconciling a message about a loving God with a feeling of rejection from the church. As Christ-followers, we are [...]

Doing the Unexpected in the Plano Community

By , Copy Editor| May 30th, 2019|

Love Does The Unexpected is about spreading love throughout our community as we act surprisingly, give generously, and share broadly. Act surprisingly is about engaging with our community in creative ways. It is about doing the unexpected by loving others in surprising ways in our neighborhoods, workplaces, and schools. This spring, Chase Oakers at the [...]

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Finding Hope at My Possibilities

By , Copy Editor| May 21st, 2019|

The Inspiration for My Possibilities My son, Kyle, who is an inspiration to me, was not born with a disability. Kyle sustained a traumatic brain injury when he was a baby. And so, on a very ordinary day in 1986, I was involved in a car accident that really caused Kyle to have a traumatic [...]

How We Can Fight Hunger with the North Texas Food Bank

By , Contributing Writer| May 14th, 2019|

As we continue to look at ways Love Does The Unexpected, I felt called to bring attention to the hunger crisis in our area and ways we can fight hunger with a special organization in North Texas. Recently, I volunteered at the North Texas Food Bank in Plano, TX, a local nonprofit organization founded in [...]

Giving Generously to Alleviate Hunger

By , Copy Editor| May 3rd, 2019|

The Hunger Crisis in Our Community Living in an affluent area, many of us may not realize how many families and individuals are living in poverty and facing problems such as hunger and food insecurity every day. According to the North Texas Food Bank, hunger is a pervasive problem in the North Texas community. 1 [...]

Giving Generously to Fight Social Injustice

By , Contributing Writer| May 2nd, 2019|

On any given night, nearly half a million people go to bed in jail cells in America without having been convicted of a crime because they cannot afford to pay bail, highlighting a social injustice in our pretrial system. Currently, there are roughly 4,800 people in the Dallas County Jail. 70% of them will sit [...]

How We Can Partner with AIDS Services of Dallas

By , Copy Editor| April 30th, 2019|

The Impact of HIV/AIDS on Our Community According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HIV/AIDS disproportionately affects the LGBTQ community. In 2017, gay and bisexual men accounted for 66% of all HIV diagnoses. Since many in the LGBTQ community face discrimination in society, they are particularly vulnerable to the disease. Dallas County [...]

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Act Surprisingly with 40 Acts of Kindness

By , Copy Editor| April 28th, 2019|

Love Does The Unexpected is about spreading love throughout our community. It is a movement that focuses on three steps: act surprisingly, give generously, and share broadly. Chase Oaker Lori Thompson put together a project, 40 Acts of Kindness, to act surprisingly in her community. Video Transcription Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to tell you [...]