Iron sharpens iron, and a small match can ignite a forest fire. We celebrate local heroes around the globe who take pleasure trying to steward their resources to love wider.
Boyi is a rising first year medical student who has a strong passion for serving underserved and marginalized communities. She was President of International Justice Mission's Cornell chapter for two years and hopes to continue fighting injustice and inequality in the world through education and activism. Her loves include reading good books, connecting with people, experimenting with fashion/makeup, and vlogging on her personal Youtube channel.
WHY DO YOU CARE ABOUT STEWARDSHIP? Boyi holds the core belief that every single person is deserving of love, freedom, happiness, and the opportunity to pursue their dreams. She also believes that as members of a collective human race, everyone is responsible for each other. Good stewardship means using what you have been given to benefit others, whether they are near or far, present or future. Too often, we don't think about how our habits and our consumption affect the lives of others and the environment, which we have all been charged to care for and maintain for future generations. Boyi dreams of a world where actions are always rooted in compassion and consideration for the lives and experiences of each other.
3 WORDS YOUR FRIENDS DESCRIBE YOU? Passionate, Dedicated, Empathetic
HOMETOWN: Lincoln, NE
CURRENT CITY: Stamford, CT
Candice loves seeing the intersection of food and justice collide. In college, she trained to be an engineer, but it wasn't until she spent time with youth in the inner-city that she developed her passion for food and nutrition. As a registered dietitian and public health consultant, she specializes in program evaluation, research and community health. As a Mom, she is learning the value of sharing fresh, simple meals with her neighbors. She is devoted to empowering consumers and supporting healthy environments in under-resourced areas. She catches inspiration by the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; “Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve.” She hopes to serve readers by writing evidence-based articles to bring clarity to food and nutrition topics. She loves spicy curries, fermented foods, and waffles (but not all in one meal) and will try not to gush about these too much (you have been warned).
WHY DO YOU CARE ABOUT STEWARDSHIP? Wendell Berry wrote “There are no unsacred places; there are only sacred places and desecrated places." I grew up in a small town where mining had ravished aspects of the community and earth. It troubles me when I see other communities affected by poor stewardship. I believe that we need to consider how our buying habits impact other spaces, even one's that we don't interact with directly.
3 WORDS YOUR FRIENDS DESCRIBE YOU? Amiable, Fast-moving, Analytical
HOMETOWN: Nanticoke, PA
CURRENT CITY: Pittsburgh, PA
Born and raised in New York, Catherine is currently a music education major at NYU. She loves Jesus, people, the earth, and music!
WHY DO YOU CARE ABOUT STEWARDSHIP? I care about stewardship because I believe that we have been given the immense and honorable responsibility of taking care of valuable resources and fellow humans on our earth, but we haven't done such a great job. If everyone could be more conscious about the way we steward our resources, more mindful about the people that work tirelessly to get our resources to us, and more loving overall, some incredible things could happen.
3 WORDS YOUR FRIENDS DESCRIBE YOU? Loyal, Generous, and Honest
HOMETOWN: Franklin Square, PA
CURRENT CITY: New York, NY
Ellen Lei holds a B.A. in Urban Design & Architecture Studies. She works at NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) as a Junior Project Manager. She is currently working in the “Build it Back” program, which assists in the rehabilitation of residential properties damaged by superstorm Sandy. It is also an effort to strengthen flood resilience in areas that are most vulnerable. As an advocate for the environment, Ellen hopes to obtain Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) professional credential and promote green ideas as she advances in her career. She is inspired by empowerment stories and she believes there everyone can do more for humanitarianism. She enjoys reading and writing about the benefits of natural spaces and built environments on people’s health and wellness. Her hope is to promote more awareness for the importance of spatial environment and to advocate for quality working, learning and recreational conditions.
WHY DO YOU CARE ABOUT STEWARDSHIP? To me, stewardship is protecting God’s resources. It is innate behavior for humans to take. People need to develop a habit to protect and give back to our planet. The rate people utilize resources impedes on the future of the world. Not only are objects being exploited, humans are also being exploited. There is more yet to be done for social justice; we have to break through the barriers of politics, financial status, inequality, fear and doubt.
3 WORDS YOUR FRIENDS DESCRIBE YOU? Nice, Ambitious, Friendly
HOMETOWN/CURRENT CITY: Queens, NY
Gracie is currently a junior Fashion Merchandising major at the University of Delaware. She is passionate about Jesus, art, music, and making the world a better place. She hopes to pursue a career in the fashion industry working with creative artists and producers around the world.
WHY DO YOU CARE ABOUT STEWARDSHIP? Gracie believes that every human being on this earth is valued and cherished, that every piece of nature and our environment is sacred. Our consumption directly influences the kind of world we want to live in, so Gracie is passionate about making this world a beautiful place through the care and kindness of our actions, first starting with conscious consumption.
3 WORDS YOUR FRIENDS DESCRIBE YOU? Happy-go-lucky, Caring, Kind
HOMETOWN/CURRENT CITY: Livingston, NJ
Joyce is entrepreneurially minded, impact driven, and sustainability centered. A trip to Kenya in 2012 completely changed her perspective on the world and led her to pursue social impact business models. She is a co-founder of Bathing Beauteas, a company that empowers women through restoration and rejuvenation. She is an apprentice of Jesus, lover of bicycling, and avid user of Instagram.
WHY DO YOU CARE ABOUT STEWARDSHIP? Everything works in cycles! In the modern world, we've traded convenience and instant gratification for long term thinking and sustainable systems. I care about stewardship, because if we can think cyclically, creating sustainable and zero waste systems, then we can shift our thinking from reckless & shameful consumption to mindful & grateful consumption.
3 WORDS YOUR FRIENDS DESCRIBE YOU? Joyful, Hopeful, Grateful
HOMETOWN: Seattle, WA
CURRENT CITY: New York, NY
Katie Lee is a second-gen Asian American (Hong Kong pride) Christ-follower from the heart of the midwest. Katie is currently working at Veritas Community Church- an atypical Southern Baptist church that ministers in an urban neighborhood. She's got a strong bent towards serving marginalized peoples and has experience working amongst those who've been been impacted by homelessness, sex trafficking, & substance abuse.
WHY DO YOU CARE ABOUT STEWARDSHIP? To put it bluntly, I feel responsible for mirroring God's careful stewardship over this small corner of world that I'm in. I care that my consumptive lifestyle directly affects the quality of life of those that make my clothes, harvest my food, and receive my giving.
3 WORDS YOUR FRIENDS DESCRIBE YOU? Wise, Kind, Tenacious
HOMETOWN/CURRENT CITY: Columbus, Ohio
Megan Armstrong is a PhD Candidate in Biomedical Engineering at Columbia and a food nerd. She longs for the day when people, planet and animals are no longer evaluated on they produce but are cherished and dignified in their own right.
WHY DO YOU CARE ABOUT STEWARDSHIP? "I care about stewardship because it doesn't make sense to not care about stewardship. The evidence is before me that human actions affect the longevity and immediate wellbeing of other humans, the ecosystem and the planet. Failing to steward our resources is like failing to check for traffic when crossing the street. There is no neutral in stewardship - not doing it is contributing to the problem."
3 WORDS YOUR FRIENDS DESCRIBE YOU? Intense, Sensitive, Goofball
HOMETOWN: Ann Arbor, MI
CURRENT CITY: New York, NY
Melanie currently live in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Max. She will be begin her Masters in Social Work at the Ohio State University in June 2017. Her life is dedicated to living justly, beginning in her own home through conscious consumerism and advocacy. Her desire is to see individuals freed from all kinds of slavery and to walk with them through restoration to rehabilitation, to ultimate freedom.
WHY DO YOU CARE ABOUT STEWARDSHIP? Melanie believes that stewardship can end all kinds of injustices in our world. Good stewardship benefits the whole, from one person to the next, to the next, until all are impacted from the boldness of the first.
3 WORDS YOUR FRIENDS DESCRIBE YOU? Passionate, Loving, Genuine
HOMETOWN: Vandalia, Ohio
CURRENT CITY: Columbus, Ohio
I'm a 21.83 year old white woman, soon to be graduate from James Madison University, Social Work major, nomadic Virginia resident, people person, aspiring tri-lingualist, baking enthusiast, and life-long learner. I'm eagerly exploring opportunities to pursue my passions of worldwide justice, cultural humility, stewardship, food, and recently, writing! I dream of a world where freedom, truth and joy are rampant and every human knows they, and their neighbor have infinite worth
WHY DO YOU CARE ABOUT STEWARDSHIP? Everything I have is a gift, and gifts are a joy to share! It is powerful to recognize how I live, work, and purchase deeply impacts the earth, my neighbor, and can communicate to someone on the other side of the world that they are worthy and seen.
3 WORDS YOUR FRIENDS DESCRIBE YOU? Joyful, Passionate, Deep
HOMETOWN: Virginia Beach, VA
CURRENT CITY: Harrisonburg, VA
She is a connector for social good, Marketing Manager for Elegantees and 4-year Dressember Advocate
WHY DO YOU CARE ABOUT STEWARDSHIP? People mean a lot to me and most importantly, we are called to take responsibility and have accountability for what God has entrusted us with in each of our lives.
HOMETOWN/CURRENT CITY: New York, NY
3 WORDS YOUR FRIENDS DESCRIBE YOU? Passionate, Encouraging, Empowering
24-year-old CS Lewis fangirl, Greek literature nerd, vegan flat white lover, and ethical fashion advocate.
WHY DO YOU CARE ABOUT STEWARDSHIP? Stewardship is about loving the people around us and showing honor to our planet. It's impossible to divorce caring about other humans and social systems from environmental stewardship. We need to care about both!
3 WORDS YOUR FRIENDS DESCRIBE YOU? Dreamer, Klutz, Joyful
HOMETOWN/CURRENT CITY: Portland, OR
Rachel loves challenging herself self in yoga, drinking toffeenut lattes and going on thrill seeking adventures with friends! Graduate (sadly) of JMU 15.5' with an amazing major, Global Justice Studies. Lover of Jesus, justice, babies, and making people laugh.
WHY DO YOU CARE ABOUT SUSTAINABILITY? Rachel cares about stewardship because she believes that God has given us the responsibility to take care of others and the environment with the resources He gives us.
3 WORDS YOUR FRIENDS DESCRIBE YOU? Adventurous, loyal, happy
HOMETOWN/CURRENT CITY: Manassas, VA
Tim is a budding entrepreneur based in NYC.
WHY DO YOU CARE ABOUT STEWARDS? As a Christian business owner, I believe God has given me the responsibility to beneficially create and shape the community and environment around my business.
3 WORDS YOUR FRIENDS DESCRIBE YOU? Patient, Considerate, Silly
HOMETOWN: Ridge, NY
CURRENT CITY: Queens Village, NY
Do it for the Insta: @pepplish
Vicki is a Water Resources Engineer at Arcadis, doing primarily stormwater design work for the Philadelphia Water Department. She found her passion for water in college when she did research for AguaClara, a project team at Cornell that designs gravity-driven drinking water treatment plants for small communities. There are many social issues Vicki cares about greatly, but focuses mostly on water resources now, because a lot of issues cannot be solved until more people have access to clean water. Most of her free time is spent with water as well, since she is an active paddler for Pennsylvania Dragon Boat Club and loves to see different waterfalls across the globe. When not doing something dealing with water, she enjoys hip hop dance and petting any and every dog in sight. She aspires to be a winning chef on Chopped, but has a long way to go to achieve this dream.
WHY DO YOU CARE ABOUT STEWARDSHIP? I care about stewardship because I want this planet and human race to continue thriving in the future. Water resources in particular is an essential issue that must always remain a priority since it is a necessity of all life. Without access to clean water, so many other social issues cannot be solved and many more issues will arise. We cannot afford to be wasteful with such a precious resource just because we have the money right now to do so. We should all take responsibility in ensuring the way we are living is sustainable for future generations.
3 WORDS YOUR FRIENDS WOULD DESCRIBE YOU? Dedicated, Trustworthy, Weird (but in a good way)
HOMETOWN: Mechanicsburg, PA
CURRENT CITY: Philadelphia, PA