In the last 40 years, one man from Majuli island in India has been able to single-handedly create a huge, beautiful forest bigger than New York’s Central Park by planting a tree every single day. Jadav Payeng was alarmed by the devastation caused to the land after a bout of extreme flooding and drought in 1979.
Focused on saving his homeland and preventing further soil erosion, Jadav who was then just 16 years old decided he would plant a sapling everyday on the then bare land. 39 years later, Jadav is now the proud owner of a lush woodland that covers 1,360 acres. What’s more is that the vast woodland is home to Bengal tigers, rhino, vultures and 115 elephants.
In 2007, a photo journalist by the name Kalita, was out taking pictures of birds around the Brahmaputra river, which flows around Majuli Island, when he accidentally discovered Jadav’s beautiful creation.
In his documentary, Forest Man, Kalita recalls, “I saw something strange… it looked like a forest far in the distance. I began walking towards it and when I reached it I couldn’t believe my eyes. I had found a dense forest in the middle of a barren wasteland.”
Kalita was amazed by Jadav’s story and took time to learn and further understand his lifetime’s work. He then went on to publish the story in a local paper. The story was then picked up nationally and Jadav was soon hailed as the ‘Forest Man of India’.
Jadav and his wife are both farmers and get their upkeep from selling cows’ milk to the locals says he will continue planting his saplings until his last breath and has a goal of covering 5000 acres.
While planting has gotten easier now, Jadav says the difficulties he currently faces include threats from poachers and illegal loggers. “Humans consume everything until there is nothing left. Nothing is safe from humans, not even tigers or elephants.. I tell people, cutting those trees will get you nothing. Cut me before you cut my trees.” He said.
Jadav’s work has been recognized far and wide and in 2015 he received a Padma Shri civilian award from the Indian Government.
“Payeng has already shown the example that if one person can, at his own effort, do this kind of plantation, then why not others.” Dr Arup Kumar Sarma from the Indian Institute of Technology said.
3 elderly Women Were Strapped In The Electric Chair, Their Last Words Are Hilarious
They say laughter is the best medicine, so we’ll serve you with a little bit of your daily dose with this hilarious tale.
After getting a few drinks in, three friends find themselves in a lot of trouble even though they don’t really understand how they ended up there in the first place. However, it is their responses that are sure to crack your ribs. Read on to find out what they said and to get a good laugh:
One night, three elderly women go down to Mexico to celebrate their college graduation. They get drunk and wake up in jail, only to find that they are to be executed in the morning.
However, none of them can remember what they did the night before to have landed them in such trouble.The first one, a redhead, is strapped in the electric chair and is asked if she has any last words. She says, “I graduated from Trinity Bible College and believe in the almighty power of God to intervene on the behalf of the innocent.”
They throw the switch and nothing happens. They all immediately fall to the floor on their knees, beg for forgiveness, and release her.
The second one, a brunette, is strapped in and gives her last words. “I graduated from the Harvard School of Law and I believe in the power of justice to intervene on the part of the innocent.”
They throw the switch and again, nothing happens. Again they all immediately fall to their knees, beg for forgiveness and release her.
The last one, a blonde, is strapped in and says, “Well, I’m from the University of Texas and graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering, and I’ll tell ya right now, ya’ll ain’t gonna electrocute nobody if you don’t plug this thing in.”
Inspiring Blind Singer Brings Judges To Tears On ‘American Idol’
Seventeen year old Shayy Winn had the judges on American Idol and millions of people across the world in tears when she took to the stage to showcase her amazing talent on the popular Tv show. She not only had an incredibly touching background story, but also her amazing talent and song choice were absolutely perfect.
Shayy who is a student of performing arts went to an eye doctor after having a problem with her eyes thinking that she would probably get eyeglasses, but it turned out to be a more serious problem.
She was immediately sent to the Emergency Room where doctors discovered that she has a hydrocephalus that caused swelling of her optic nerve. The doctors discovered that she had a tumor on her brain.
A year ago she became legally blind because of the brain tumor, only 50% of which could be removed safely.
She was bullied at school when she returned walking with a cane, some students even kicked her cane. It was difficult for her, but she had a strong support system from her family and friends.
For her American Idol audition, Shayy chose to sing Andra Day’s “Rise Up” a very powerful song that beautifully brought out her resilient spirit.
From the moment Shayy, sang the first line of the song, judge Lionel Ritchie lost it! Tears were running down his face and by the time she was done, he was a blubbering mess.
“You wrecked me.” Lionel said before rushing to hug her.
Judge Katy Perry said, “I’ve never seen Lionel cry so much,”
“You look like you’re walking a daughter down the aisle.” judge Luke Bryan added.
“You have what we cannot teach. We cannot teach letting the music flow straight from the soul, and that’s just what you did. It just pours out of you.” Luke Bryan said to Shayy.
“You are a lesson to us all because it is the power of the spirit, you are a reminder of just how blessed we are. You walk out here with all the confidence in the world and just deliver your spirit, you touched me. I’m so in love with you.” Lionel said before they all gave her three yeses and handed her her golden ticket.
Jim Caviezel (the actor who played Jesus) Has such a Powerful Testimony
Jim Caviezel is a well-known actor with a respectable career. He is best known for his role as Jesus in The Passion of the Christ film, which is the highest grossing Independent film in history. The Count of Monte Cristo, The Thin Red Line, Pay It Forward, and Angel Eyes are just a few of his films.
Jim Caviezel is being interviewed by Dave Cooper. In the interview, Caviezel went to great depths to help people understand what it means to play the crucified Savior.
These were some great insights both into an actor’s method as well as a devoted Christian and artist showing his own passion for his work.
After watching this, I have even more respect for him as an individual and someone who tries to better himself by following the teachings of Jesus Christ and loving God and all people.
This incredibly compelling interview shines light on such an amazing actor who was witness to the presence of God during the making of the movie.
He explains all the supernatural phenomena and the struggles that he and the crew making the film had to endure to make it a reality. For instance, Jim Caviezel was struck by lightning twice while making the movie, once was while filming the Sermon on the Mount scene and a second time reenacting the crucifixion.
Finally, he finishes with a powerful, inspiring and touching speech that will move you. When the interviewer asks, “What part of this had the greatest affect on you? Is it possible to isolate a moment or time?”
Jim Caviezel says,
“ Oh boy, I’ll be honest with you, there are things that I went through that I can’t even talk about. I felt like a great presence came within me at times when we were filming. This prayer that came from me was, ‘I don’t want people to see me. I just want them to see Jesus. And through that conversions will happen.’ That’s what I wanted more than anything, that people would have a visceral effect to finally make a decision whether to follow Him or not.”