Thursday Thoughts: Dreaming with Conviction

by Lesley on January 19, 2012 · 1 comment

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Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
-Martin Luther King, Jr

I love the quote above because it’s a reminder to me that even when we don’t see how a dream will become reality, it doesn’t mean the dream isn’t possible. Accomplishing dreams requires deep conviction and unwavering faith. 
This week we celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., a man who believed our country could be a place where all people are given equal access to accomplish their dreams. MLK believed so strongly in his convictions that he began taking steps up the staircase even though the top seemed so, so far away.

All over the world, children are dreaming of a better future for themselves and their countries. The young man pictured above? That’s Xolani. He’s a young man from South Africa who comes from an extremely poor background. Both his parents are unemployed and live on government assistance. Through These Numbers Have Faces, he’s a third year Accounting student and aims to become a leader in his community and fight corruption in his country.

Xolani has dreams that we can truly stand behind. Because when Xolani succeeds, it means that other young African men and women are reminded that dreams can become reality when people work hard, and work together. Please take a few minutes to learn how you can help make Xolani’s dreams come true by visiting And, if you would, take a moment to share Xolani’s story with your online network, or even consider donating to These Numbers Have Faces.

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