Operation Hope and Hope Village in EstelÍ, Nicaragua was a calling for Rene Moncada, coordinator of the project which began four years ago with only three people and a dream to bring the universal language of a smile to Nicaragua. Presently the project has grown to 14 volunteers who travel to this Central American country to provide dental care for hundreds of people, most of them elderly and poor. Rene is a guest of Lisa Casarez and Vikki Luna in this podcast and tells us how God spoke to him to come and serve and all he needed to do was to say yes!
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Fear will try to paralyze you; it will stop you from reaching your goals or achieving your resolutions but, as Lisa Casarez and Vikki Luna tells us, if you do things of which you are afraid with faith, you will conquer your fears. Lisa and Vikki tell us we don’t have to be afraid of the storms in our lives because we are learning through the storms how to sail our ship. They want to encourage us to be people of great faith and to overcome our fears.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
As we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr’s legacy we acknowledge that the way to extinguish darkness is to overcome it with love. Vikki Luna and Lisa Casarez share their thoughts in this podcast on how to overcome prejudice by unlearning the biases that we carry as individuals, if we start seeing people as God’s creation then we can see their heart. They also tell us not to let others dictate our value or let them take away our power because we can’t choose how people treat us, but we can choose how to respond.
“The human contribution is the essential ingredient. It is only in the giving of oneself to others that we truly live.” -Ethel Percy Andrus
Lisa Casarez and Vikki Luna tell us about the importance of voluntarism in this podcast. They would like for everyone to be a part of an organization, a ministry in 2018. The success of non-profit organizations is due to the heart of the volunteer. Every person can be part of the solution, can be an instrumental tool and have an impact on people’s lives. They believe there is true joy when you give from your heart and change the world
Procrastination: The act or habit of procrastinating, or putting off or delaying, especially something requiring immediate attention.
Everyone suffers from procrastination at one point or another according to Vikki Luna and Lisa Casarez. But you can take steps to prevent delaying the inevitable. In this podcast they will give us advice on how to make the rest of your life the best of your life, by writing down and executing a plan. Their motto: “Don’t just talk about it, be about it!”
Out with the old, in with the new is the motto of Lisa Casarez and Vikki Luna for 2018. They tell us we must let go of the old, like holding on to resentments and unforgiving feelings if we are to make room for new beginnings and new relationships. They advise us to clear the clutter in our lives because it weighs heavy on us.
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What happens when your expectations are not met? Do you get frustrated? It is easy to forget your blessings when you are unhappy when the world does not meet your expectations. Vikki Luna and Lisa Casarez talk about what you can do when you are frustrated with everyone and everything because in your mind you created a world that doesn’t meet the reality you are living in.
“Resolve to be great” is the message Lisa Casarez and Vikki Luna gives us in this podcast about New Year’s resolutions. They tell us that one of the keys to a year full of meaning and joy is to be in balance with God, people around us and ourselves. Another is to nurture your mind, body and spirit with healthy things. They give us examples of how to make 2018 a great year.
Christmas is here. Vikki Luna and Lisa Casarez would like for everyone to do something different this year. Time to embrace change and change the traditions. They tell us Christmas is about fellowship and should be a fun time of the year and a time for sharing hope. It is all about making traditions that are healthy, loving, joyful experiences for our children, our families, and our own souls.