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Dorina is an author, speaker, teacher, foodie, and trail runner. She helps people chase God's glory down unexpected trails and flourish in their callings. Her most recent books are Breathing Through Grief and Chasing God's Glory. Dorina and her hubby Shawn are raising three courageous daughters in Central California.

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  1. Hi Dorina, very moving article. I was born and raised in Guatemala under very privileged conditions. I have been to the city dump. I used to work for World Vision International and visited the dump a few time. The worst and best experience at the same time. Life changing and eye opening to God’s mercy. Your article brought vivid images of what I witnessed there three decades ago. Thank you for your writings. I enjoy them and they greatly bless me. Good bless you and hugs to you from a Guatemalan

    • I’m glad this article resonated with you in your experience. Guatemala was one of my favorite places I visited when I lived in Central America. I learned so much from the beautiful people there!

  2. Read with tears. Inspiring article that we can all make a difference and like you mentioned even in small ways as sometimes those ways may mean the most.
    Thank you for the inspiration!

  3. Just the message I needed to hear this morning! It has been a morning filled with tears, worship, and wrestling.

  4. I’m going to be very vulnerable in posting my reaction today. I’m also sure there will be others who read my comments and become angry, but so be it. Mercy seems to usually be reserved by a lot of Christians for the poor, homeless, the refugees, the struggling single parent, the sick, etc. But I pray that same mercy be extended to the women struggling with the decision of abortion, or the person afraid to speak of their of sexuality or gender identity. How else will they know of God’s love and mercy if we don’t reach out to them in kindness and compassion instead of hate or fear?

    • I completely agree with you. Mercy should definitely not be limited to the economically poor. There are people all around us who need a hand of mercy and compassion.

  5. Dorina Thank you for sharing your story of what you saw when on that bus. Of that we girl who knew nothing else only to seek through the rubbish at the dump for food. When we most of us don’t have to live like. Especially me. I have a home food water clothes and shoes for my feet. Plus a bed to sleep. When there are thoses who are saved have theses things like me. They take that for granted. They don’t think to give God thank that they have theses things. I when saying my prayers. Thank God I have roof over clothes on my back and love. I was taking to an good Christian friend who is about 49 years older than me on the phone. I said to her we grumble fat to much don’t give God enough thanks for all he has given us. I also went on to say to this person. I thank God for everyday he wakes me up to enjoy another day in his beautiful world. The person had to agree with me. She is full such wisdom. This person went on to say. Which is so true. No matter what going on in our world today. Without God in our lives we have nothing. When we here stories like the one you shared incourage today Dorina. We should stop and thank God for all we have and pray for people like that. Yes even as saved. We could ask questions like. Why God have you let people live like this Men Women and Kids. But we are not to ask questions just pray for them and be thankful on to God for all he has given us and it not us living like this. As stories like this break my heart. I heard once on our news. Of a country like Afghanistan. That some kids give up going to school to walk the streets looking for work. To get money to buy food for themselves. Some days they get none. So I pray for things like this every day. As that touched my heart. Like your story of what you saw. When I pray I pray that they should be happy Children going to school getting one meal a day. Even if it is only rice and beans. Not have to be walking the streets looking for work to buy food. I saw that they only got one day enough to buy one piece of special cooked bread. I don’t know the name of it. That is why I called it special cooked bread. They had to break it up divide it among themselves that day. There’s was at least 3 or 4 of them walking the streets looking for work in the heat on sun. To get money to buy food. If they can get work. They do anything like even clean shoes. You know kids here were I live in Northern Ireland. If a parent ask them to do a job. Some of them grumble about having to do it. They those kids put kids like we’re I live and other kids that have good homes to shame. Your story I will add it to my prayers as it touches my heart. Of kids and adults having to look through the rubbish for food and things to sell to get food. God sees all this. My heart is full of Mercy for them. It teaches me to be thankful for what I have. Thank you Dorina for sharing this story. In my prayers you all incourage. I love the work you all do. Plus they way you share your hearts in the stories you write. To make us grow closer to our Saviour and learn from them what God wants us to learn from them and apply it to our lives. God bless big hugs to you all. May God richly bless you all for doing this work for him. Love Dawn Ferguson-Liitle xx

    • Yes! It’s so important to be thankful and also to recognize our own need for mercy so we can give out mercy to others in humility!

  6. Would love to find people who would show dignity to those forgotten. Some of us have been looked past and forgotten our whole lives and even people in church don’t see us and yet we are the problem. If I didn’t have good w, I don’t know what I’d do

  7. Dorina,

    I have saying “there for the grace of God go I”. As I age I see how easy it is to become “disadvantaged”-one job loss, cancer or other medical diagnosis & poof your life is turned upside down. I don’t take this great life I have for granted. Knowing that I set my gaze on the needy to help them out. I volunteer with Loaves & Fishes Food Bank once a week, cook/pray for others & at Christmas I buy gifts for those on the “Senior Angel Tree” (elderly). His mercy towards us is great & I want to align my heart with His to dignify others.

    Blessings 🙂