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ODJ: guard these well

Japanese-born baseball player Ichiro Suzuki, having led professional leagues in Japan and America in batting, is arguably one of the best batters to ever play the game. One could say he has a special bat—literally. The Mizuno sports equipment company custom-makes bats for Ichiro by hand. They use Tamo wood grown on the Japanese island of Hokkaido, and Ichiro cares for them like Stradiva

ODJ: the invention of lying


The Invention of Lying was a 2009 comedy set in an imagined world where mankind knows nothing about what it means to tell a lie. In the tale, an unsuccessful screenwriter, Mark Bellison, is the person who invents lying. He tells the first lie (about how much money he has in the bank) to a bank clerk. Then he tells his frightened, dying mother the ‘ultimate’ lie: “There is a

ODJ: sent


Brother Colm O’Connell, an Irish priest, went to Kenya in 1976 to volunteer for one year as a teacher at St. Patrick’s school. Thirty-six years later he’s still there, and has established an internationally acclaimed running programme. The school has provided 5 Olympic champions and 25 world champions, most recently David Rudisha in the 800 metres at the London Olympics. Each St. Patrick’

ODJ: proven by patience


While dining with friends at a restaurant in Uganda, my 9 year old son and I requested refills of our iced tea. Because friends own the restaurant and it’s a relaxed environment, when I saw our waiter was busy serving others, I picked up our glasses and started towards the kitchen. That’s when my son, Wasswa, quietly said to me, “Mummy, it’s OK if it takes them a little while to bring us o

ODJ: crime and punishment


An English media personality was highly honoured when he was alive. At his funeral someone said that, “His story was an epic of giving. Giving of time, giving of talent, giving of treasure. [He] can face eternal life with confidence.” But then the police launched a criminal investigation into more than 300 allegations of child sexual abuse and rape by the deceased.
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ODJ: don't be evil


How does a cute, little baby grow up to become the face of evil? How does an Austrian boy become Adolf Hitler or a son of privilege turn into Osama bin Laden? And what makes one group of people slaughter members of a neighbouring group? How could they possibly think that was a good idea?
› Luke 23:32-49

ODJ: friends & enemies


A television drama chronicled the experiences of anAmerican marine division in the Pacific Theatreduring World War II. The episode of the Marines storming the beaches of Iwo Jima was emotionally difficult to watch. Of the young Marines who survived the barrage of bullets and mortar fire, many froze on the beach in utter terror, not knowing what to do next.

Mark 15:6-24 ‹

ODJ: discover what's yours


Some residents in my town are discovering lost treasure. Many have reclaimed cash, property and other financial holdings. With the help of a cash reclaim programme, Melva recovered some money that her previous bank hadn’t sent to her. Robert logged into the programme’s website and discovered that his grandmother had left him a significant inheritance worth thousands. The programme’s motto is

ODJ: truly human (again)


Last year at an international summit of world powersin Doha, the capital of Qatar, global leaderslaunched the Educate A Child project. The project seeks to build bridges between nations, calling us to recognise our shared humanity and to intervene on behalf of those at risk. Further, the project believes that funding children’s development will ultimately yield to a more peaceful world.