Life Long Learners

I mentioned in my post below on Leading the Dream that its important to be a learner! Being a learner means you get informed and you stay informed about the most important social justice issues of your city.

How do you do that? Here's a great place to start - Gary Haugen's book Good News About Injustice. Haugen writes as a champion of justice issues in various international contexts. His ministry sends teams of people to places where injustice is rampant. Teams of people who intervene and advocate for just treatment in the face of things like child labor abuses or sex trafficing.

One of the most valuable sections of his book are the helpful appendices at the back of the book with lists of web-sites and reading resources to help you stay sharp. Here's a sample of what you'll find:

Appendix 1 - Thirty One Ways you and Your Youth Group can Promote and Do Justice (things like visit InterNational Justice Mission's website and sign up for a confidential prayer partner, explore local immigrant advocacy groups in your community, invite a speaker in to address your group on specific needs in your community, raise $500 to free a child from illegal bonded labor, participate in missions trips, etc).

See the Get Involved on International Justice Mission's web-site.

Appendix 2 - Suggested Internet Sites (everything from IJM's web site to Voice of the Martyrs, University of Minnesota Human Rights Library, to Human Rights Internet. See IJM website on the Resources tab.

Appendix 4 is gold! Book and Web Resource Guide. Book recommendations and summaries that you'll find helpful in stocking your library with the right stuff to challenge and keep you digging deeper.