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Sister Interview: Belinda Bauman

“If the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it.”

Belinda Bauman believes we have capacity to hold each other’s pain. She is a woman who has witnessed the consequences of war, has listened to horrific stories, and has wondered what she is to do with the grief she is holding as a result of bearing witness. A conversation that highlights Belinda’s adventurous life path while taking us on the journey of what it means to practice empathy.

It was the story of one woman on the other side of the world that changed Belinda’s perspective and gave her eyes to see empathy in a new way. In this conversation we hear about their friendship, about Belinda’s mandate to tell her friend’s story, and how that developed into One Million Thumbprints, an effort to raise awareness about violence against women in war torn countries.

Both practical and inspirational, you won’t want to miss this beautiful message of incarnational love. From sister to sister, around the world and back, we can practice our empathy muscle by listening, changing our perspectives, and actively peacemaking in our world. No better way to be world changers for good right where we are.

You can connect with One Million Thumbprints on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

You can listen to the episode on iTunes.

http://traffic.libsyn.com/theopendoorsisterhood/ODS_Podcast-Belinda_Bauman_-_81219_9.47_PM.mp3

A few things you heard mentioned on the show:

One Million Thumbprints

Belinda’s new book: Brave Souls: Experiencing the Audacious Power of Empathy

World Relief

University of Michigan

Mercy Ships

World Hope

“Spiritual discipline is doing something within our power so that we can do something beyond our power.” Dallas Willard

Quiz for empathetic listening

Things you heard Belinda say:

“It is the epitome of privilege to be able to walk away from one of our sister’s suffering.”

“Jesus emptied his glory, himself, and slid into our skin.”

“Motivational empathy is when we engage both the mind and the feelings for the decision making of how we will act towards another human being.”

“If the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.”

“There is way more capacity inside of us to care for other people than we ever dreamed possible.”

“We can become agents of peace when our hearts are at peace.”

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