Killing With Kindness

With the upcoming premiere of Killing Jesus, a three-hour film that looks back at one of the most well-known figures in history and provides political, social, and historical context to the story of his life and death, we wanted to do something to recognize this special event.

Historically, we know one of Jesus’ teachings was encouraging people to be kind to each other. The National Geographic Channel will celebrate this message from Feb. 18 through April 5 with a campaign we are calling Killing With Kindness.

Killing JesusEach day during this 40-day period, NGC’s website and social media platforms will put a daily spotlight on an organization that is helping to spread kindness in the world. These organizations will represent a wide swath of charities across the U.S., doing work on behalf of veterans, the homeless, victims of violence, the sick, and any number of other worthy causes. Some are well-known international organizations, others may be smaller and more local, but equally inspiring. Though their mission statements may differ, they all share the common goal of making the world a better, kinder place.

For the next 40 days, we hope you’ll join us on Twitter to learn more about that day’s featured organization. If you miss a day, we’ll post a weekly recap right here on the blog, as well as on our Facebook page. You can follow the conversation using #killingwithkindness.

We want to hear your suggestions too! If you work with or admire a local organization dedicated to giving back, leave us a message in the comments, post a message on Facebook or Twitter, or send us an email at natgeokillingwithkindness@gmail.com.

THIS WEEK’S FEATURED ORGANIZATIONS:

Heifer International

Heifer International believes that all people deserve dignity, opportunity, and a future free from hunger. For more than 70 years, Heifer International has provided livestock and environmentally sound agricultural training to improve the lives of those who struggle daily for reliable sources of food and income. Heifer is currently working in more than 30 countries, including the United States, to help families and communities become more self-reliant. Our animals provide families with both food and reliable income, as agricultural products such as milk, eggs and honey can be traded or sold at market. When many families gain this new sustainable income, it brings new opportunities for building schools, creating agricultural cooperatives, forming community savings and funding small businesses.

Best Buddies:

Best Buddies® is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Founded in 1989 by Anthony K. Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant organization that has grown from one original chapter to more than 1,900 middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Today, Best Buddies’ eight formal programs — Middle Schools, High Schools, Colleges, Citizens, e-Buddies® , Jobs, Ambassadors, and Promoters — engage participants in each of the 50 states and in over 50 countries, positively impacting the lives of nearly 1 Million people with and without disabilities around the world. In many cases, as a result of their involvement with Best Buddies, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities secure rewarding jobs, live on their own, become inspirational leaders, and make lifelong friendships.

To Write Love On Her Arms:

To Write Love on Her Arms is a nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for those struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. Since 2006, TWLOHA has responded to more than 180,000 messages from people looking for help, distributed more than 35,000 mental health resource guides across the USA, Canada, and Australia, and invested $1.5 million into avenues for treatment and recovery. Reaching more than 2.2 million people online, TWLOHA encourages its global community to believe that hope is real and works to inform them of where they can find the help they deserve.

The Salim Hylton Memorial Scholarship Fund:

Salim Hylton was only twenty-seven years old, full of life, talents, and a passion for the arts when he was randomly murdered in his native city, Washington DC in 2009. He was humorous, free-spirited, witty and creative in many artistic endeavors. After his death, the Hylton family decided to establish a scholarship fund in 2010 to try to memorialize his legacy by helping the District’s youth through the arts. Through a partnership with Duke Ellington School of the Performing Arts, Salim’s alma mater, an award is given to a graduating senior every year that has overcome adversity in their personal life and plans to continue their education in the arts. Salim wanted to make a positive difference in the local and world community through his art work, and he had started that mission and touched many lives during his short journey. The establishment of the Salim Hylton Memorial Scholarship Fund is intended to honor Salim’s life through his art and giving. This will be his legacy!

United Way:

United Way Worldwide is the leadership and support organization for the network of nearly 1,800 community-based United Ways in 41 countries and territories. We envision a world where all individuals and families achieve their human potential through education, income stability and healthy lives. United Way improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good. United Way advocates for sound policies affecting Education, Income, Health and the nonprofit sector. Within each of these four areas, based on United Way’s 10-year goals, United Way has established its engagement strategies for each issue.

Compassion International:

Compassion International exists as a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults. Founded by the Rev. Everett Swanson in 1952, Compassion began providing Korean War orphans with food, shelter, education and health care, as well as Christian training. Today, Compassion helps more than 1.5 million children in 26 countries.

Wholesome Wave:

Wholesome Wave strives to create a vibrant, just and sustainable food system. By making fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables affordable and available, we enable underserved consumers to make healthier food choices. Our innovative initiatives are improving health outcomes among low-income families, generating additional revenue for small and mid-sized farm businesses and bolstering local and regional economies.

 

Don’t miss the world premiere of Killing Jesus March 29th on the National Geographic Channel, produced by Scott Free Productions and based on the New York Times best-selling book.

Comments

  1. ehaile
    Washington, DC
    February 23, 2015, 4:10 pm

    What a great campaign! Wanted to tell you about our organization. Please contact me for further details.

    The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) is an affiliate of the Organization of American States (OAS). It was established in 1962 to implement projects that benefit vulnerable and excluded people in Latin America and the Caribbean through the development of public-private partnerships and promotion of corporate social investing. PADF operates throughout Latin America and the Caribbean and is an Inter-American instrument for generating economic opportunities, advancing social progress, strengthening communities and civil society in accordance with the Inter-American Democratic Charter, and aiding victims of natural disasters and humanitarian crises. In 2014, it reached more than 15 million people in 27 countries. Headquartered in Washington DC, PADF has field offices in Haiti, Colombia, Suriname, Belize, and projects throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. http://www.padf.org

  2. tony
    usa
    February 25, 2015, 9:03 am

    The big secret
    God’s Prophets in General History

    Part I
    Solving the Mystery of the Greek Gods

    ‘God’s Prophets in General History’ is the first compilation between Religious History and General History. It is a well-known fact that religious history lacks archeological basis. It has no solid footing in the land of Palestine and does not exist in the writings of the old historians.

    On reviewing Pharaonic history, we find no mention of the ‘Story of Moses and The Pharaoh!’ Conversely, on reviewing the records of historians, there are no hints to indicate the prophecies of any Prophet.

    It is also well-known that History of Religions does not indicate specific times of places. This is evidenced by the failure of archeologists of locating Solomon’s Temple or the Kingdoms of Solomon or David, as scriptures of religion include.

    The question thus arises, where are those Prophets of God in General History?

    This book, God’s Prophets in General History ‘,’ begins with identifying the Prophet Solomon and the Macedonian King Alexander the Great, matching the events which occurred with each of them.

    The Holy Books from the three monotheistic religions (The Old Testament, the New Testament and the Koran) were sourced as the most recognized chronicles of prophets and their legends. Subsequently, the historical accounts of The Greek Gods in general history reveal the secrets sought to correlate them with the Prophets of God.

    Revealed in Part I, also:
    Prophet Abraham and his wife, Sarah, matched with Zeus, Harrah and the Egyptian Amon.
    Prophet Moses matched with Hercules (The Greek Hero) and the Pharaoh Ramses III.
    Prophet Aaron matched with the Greek Apollo.
    Artemis matched with the Sister of Moses.
    Etc.

    The book also indulges into matching the Greek city ‘Thebes’ with The ‘Jerusalem’ referred to in the Old Testament. It also progresses to take account of The Great Egyptian Pyramids and how history had erred on recognizing Herodotus’ account of the Pyramids of Dahshur as the Great Pyramids of Giza, a fact that indicates that the latter, in Giza, were erected at a time after Herodotus’ written accounts.

    ‘God’s Prophets in General History’
    Part II
    Jesus The King

    This section of the book, ‘God’s Prophets in General History,’ includes The Egyptian Queen, Cleopatra, and how her historical records match those of the Virgin Mary, and that her son, Caesarian, is the Prophet Jesus himself. And, how Jesus travelled from Egypt to the Land of Galilee, which is identical to an area which now exists in Turkey.

    The book narrates the secrets, unknown to religious history, and general history. It includes Jesus’ place of birth and death.

    Part II also includes evidence that Plutarch, the historian, forged numerous historical accounts and secrets by his deviated beliefs of Christianity.

    Watch this website http://godsprophets.org/ and tell me what is your opinion and thank you
    Welcome to God’s Prophets Website
    godsprophets.org
    Welcome to God’s Prophets Website
    godsprophets.org

    Welcome to God’s Prophets Website
    godsprophets.org

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  4. Skeptic15
    USA
    February 25, 2015, 7:40 pm

    “looks back at one of the most well-known figures in history”
    You might want to refer to him as a mythological figure – and do a show based on the book On the Historicity of Jesus”

  5. Skeptic15
    February 25, 2015, 7:43 pm

    “Historically, we know one of Jesus’ teachings was encouraging people to be kind to each other.”
    That’s debatable – after reading the New Testament, Jesus doesn’t seem all that kind – especially in Revelation.
    I admire charity work and charitable giving and donate to many charities – no need for Jesus mythology, imo.

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  11. Gerald Weeks
    London UK
    March 29, 2015, 6:22 am

    Good to see an emphasis on Jesus Christ who was in fact a real existence, who actually resurrected and was extremely kind and compassionate – which was demonstrated with healing miracles. Revelation- it has been suggested contradicts however it would have been disastrous for mankind if JC did not die on the cross..In fact, the end of mankind. God’s saving grace via the cross still renders man subject to assessment of character to warrant the gift of life. When sin is rife in the world -so will be disasters, wars, plagues, sickness and woes. Our Lord cannot reward sin with endless grace..man must merit it with a change of heart to be born again. GW

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