Danny Marquez’s story will literally blow your mind. Abandoned on a doorstep as a child, he grew up in the Bronx, and started stealing as a 5-year-old. God revolutionized his heart while he was in a jail cell staring down a 45-year sentence. He landed on a verse in Ephesians 4 that says, “Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.” Danny claimed that verse for His life, and is now the Near West City Life Director, where he gets to meet inner-city youth were they are (at community parks, drug infested corners, schools, etc.) and build relationships with them in hopes of producing indigenous leaders.
City Life, a ministry of Youth for Christ, is one of 9 non-profit partners of Thrivent Member Network’s ActivateIndy initiative to collectively have a greater impact on our community. They do this by providing “turn-key” volunteer opportunities for churches, businesses, families, and individuals.
Today’s guest on the Born to Be podcast is our good friend Craig Smaagaard, Regional Vice President of Thrivent Financial and mastermind of the ActivateIndy initiative that is providing “turn-key” volunteer opportunities for churches, businesses, families, and individuals. Craig talks about the importance of seeing money as a tool as opposed to the end goal because of the way it influences our families, relationships, and communities.
The call upon Craig’s life is clear: He is here to help connect people to the causes they are most passionate about and get them going on making a difference! Many people lack the time and creativity to plan a serving experience for themselves and their families, and that’s the void that ActivateIndy is here to fill so they can experience life change through servanthood.
Do you have the boldness to do something about the news stories that break your heart? Nancy does! The number of food insecure people in the Indianapolis community continues to grow! 1 in 5 people in the community are food insecure, meaning that they aren’t sure where their next meal is coming from. That statistic is astounding and can be very overwhelming, but you CAN do something about this! Our friend Nancy Hintz, founder of Million Meal Movement, saw a news story and decided to do something about it. Million Meal Movement packs millions of meals each year for hungry, hardworking Hoosiers.
Million Meal Movement is a partner non-profit of ActivateIndy, the initiative from Thrivent Member Network, that is creating turn-key volunteer opportunities for individuals, families, and groups! See how you can get engaged today!