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Help me change the world!

Organized by: Eric Lindsey

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THE STORY:

Hello my name is Eric and I want to change the world!

My plan is to spend the next year, or more depending on how much I raise, helping people in need all over the world. To some that may seem like a lofty goal. Not to me I'm an American and we can do what ever we want.

My life over the last 20 years has been a typical American life of consumption. However, I am a recovering addict,  So I've also spent the better part of two decades destroying everything I put my hands on. It was a losing battle to say the least but two years ago I let Jesus back into my heart and gave him my life. While seeking help for my addiction at a recovery center in Charleston, God showed me the best way to stay sober is to serve others. Now over two years sober I figure why not take it up a notch on this "service thing." I figure if he's blessed me this much why not toss all the chips in the pot and see what happens when I 100% commit to serving others. 

Always being one to over do things... I want to help everyone everywhere and this is your chance to get in on the action. See, helping others has some crazy effects on you. Not only can it keep you sober, make you feel good, improve your quality of life, and change how people see you, but the more you give the more God blesses you. Plus it will make America look better and Lord knows we need some good PR in foreign countries right now. So win win win in my eyes.

Over the coarse of the next few months I am saving as much as I can in hopes of travelling to different countries across the world and volunteering however I can. I've been doing my research and sadly volunteering isn't free. Who would have known? Travel expenses to the different volunteer opportunities will be one of the largest obstacles I face on my journey. I'll be backpacking hiking and using public transportation for the most part but to go overseas will obviously be a large expense.

I'd like to start my trip by traveling south into Central and South America. After the America's I want to continue south over the pole to Australia. After that I'd like to continue north to Asia and then work my way across to Africa. This trip doesn't have an end date. As long as I have the resources I would like to find somewhere to help. I plan to start a website and document the entire experience.

My goal as of now is $25,000. Most of the volunteer programs I've looked at are between $300 to $2000 with various lengths of commitment ranging from one week to an entire month. The programs focus on several areas such as building schools, conservation, education, health care, and many more. 

I am asking you to contribute whatever you can. Any amount will be appreciated. Thank you for reading and God bless.

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