P.O. Box 1087, Ankeny, Iowa 50021
What did I accomplish? What did I learn?
Five consecutive days eating and drinking on a dollar fifty per day. $7.50 total to get by on. The challenge seems a little crazy considering you might easily spend that much daily on lunches alone! But like other really important issues facing our world today, I think it helps you gain some perspective by trying to put yourself in someone else's shoes, even if it's for just a brief period of time. The truth is that I have no way to truly understand the impoverished condition the over one billion people in our world are experiencing. For them this money covers not only sustenance, but all living costs. The lack of choice and resources is something I just won't be able to fully comprehend.
I definitely learned some things by participating in this challenge. I found that being so restricted in what I could afford to eat and drink affected me way beyond physically. People joke about being "hangry" these days, but it's more than a joke. When you have to dedicate energy and attention to what you can eat and where it will come from every day, it can be a draining requirement. It's just one sign of how we're privileged living where we do with the multitude of choices we have.
The issue of extreme poverty might seem insurmountable. Roughly 1.2 billion people are estimated to be living in this condition. But I feel that in completing this challenge I have deffinitely accomplished something. I've had many people ask about it and how things went. I can't vouch for each individual and how much actual consideration they have given the issue after we've talked, but I believe that more than just my eyes have been opened to this terrible reality. It definitely feels good to have contributed by raising awareness of the issue and gathering financial support from many very generous individuals!
I know we've made a real difference in many needy peoples' lives!
Jason's Live Below the Line Challenge Page
ST. LUKE THE EVANGELIST CATHOLIC CHURCH AND SCHOOL CELEBRATES EARTH DAY BY PLANTING TREES.
St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church and School is excited to announce that they are one step closer to occupying their new location on Weigel Drive. In preparation for receiving their certificate of occupancy from the City of Ankeny they have been working on planting 184 trees on the site.
Numerous volunteers over the course of many days have been challenged by the spring weather to get the first round of trees into the ground. The first week of planting has concluded and included trees being planted on Earth Day. The second planting phase is tentatively scheduled to start on May 2nd. A majority of these trees have been donated by parishioners, many of whom also volunteered to assist with the planting of the trees.
The seeds of this new church and school were planted back in December of 2010 when Bishop Pates first announced the formation of the new Parish. The St. Luke the Evangelist community has continued to grow and is eager for the opening of the new worship space and school. In planting these trees amongst the good soil we look forward to watching them grow as we continue to grow as a new faith community in the city of Ankeny.
See How Our Construction Continues!
BISHOP PATES VISITS ST. LUKE'S SITE
Do You Want To Visit Our Construction Site?
As you know, construction at the site has begun. We are all getting excited to see the progress. But it is now a construction site and Hansen, the contractor, has typical safety concerns. For liability reasons, they have asked that anyone wanting to tour the site make arrangements either thru Father Larry or Dick Johnson. There are a few visitor hard hats at the site. Also tours can only occur when Hansen has a representative on site.