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Have you ever wanted to make a difference for others and have your life be bigger than just yourself?

Hannah Teter decided to take action on that thought.

If you’re an Olympic-watcher at all, you probably know the name. She’s a gold-winning snowboarder who’s chosen to take the spotlight placed on her and shift it to a charity she founded. Hannah’s Gold was born of her desire to set out to actually do something with her life, making a difference for so many who have come to love her.

Hannah devoted her prize money from 2009 to building up a Kenyan village. They were in need of everything.. clean water, tools, seeds for farming, etc. And Hannah’s chosen to set her eyes on the goal of changing life for the better for these people in Kenya.

As she travels to Kenya and spends time not only physically improving life for those in the village of Kirindon, but also just simply loving them… I have no doubt that this girl is so refreshed. I’ve experienced it myself in loving the Nicas and others, and as Proverbs 11:25 (NIV) says, “A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.”

We’re meant to “speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” [Proverbs 31:8-9, NIV] … because this is how Jesus lived.

And.. I like that Hannah Teter is living this out.

I don’t know what her walk with God looks like. It might be super strong. It might be non-existent. I don’t know. But I do know that I like how she is living generously, loving others.

And I like that, if you go to her site, this girl’s face is not the focus. The little Kenyan kids are in focus. The maple syrup she sells to benefit them is in focus. And Hannah as a snowboarder is in focus.. which also in turn helps Kenya. Her face is out of focus though.

And this brings to my mind a verse…

Not to us, O Lord, not to us but to Your name give glory, for Your mercy and loving-kindness and for the sake of Your truth and faithfulness!” [Psalm 115:1, Amplified Bible]

I want to live life bigger than myself. You too?

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Thank you so much as you keep on praying, praising, believing for Jon and his family. Be praying, please, for his upcoming MRI. If you’ve not done so already, please catch up on Jon and Amy’s story!