‘Did you contribute today?’

‘Did you contribute today?’

Youssef family follows Islam far from mosque
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Nathan Youssef, left, is joined by two other interns and their mentor in splitting seeds to plant for the nursery at a new Elephant Nature Park in Cambodia. “They practice slash-and-burn agriculture, and here we were trying to plant trees in an area they had just cleared,” Nathan said of work he did while there on a six-week Loop Abroad program in 2010.
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Dr. Jim Youssef is a spine surgeon and co-founder of Spine Colorado. He also is one of only a few Muslims following the path of Islam in Durango, which has both challenges and benefits, he said.
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Dr. Jim Youssef, left, makes notes between visits with patients at Spine Colorado. At right is clinical coordinator Stacey Forsythe. Youssef considers helping people eliminate pain and regain mobility to be one of the ways he follows the Pillars of Islam, the faith he has followed his whole life.
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The cover of Nathan Youssef’s book, 101 Ways to Contribute.
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Nathan Youssef works with children at the Save Poor Children in Asia Organization school in Cambodia in 2011. “These students are fairly well-versed,” he said about their English studies. “I was helping to develop more advanced curriculum for these students and their peers.”
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Working at the Elephant Nature Park in northern Thailand, where abused elephants find sanctuary, inspired Nathan Youssef. He spent six weeks at the park in 2010 and learned about the environmental and political challenges associated with the project.
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Nathan Youssef’s book, 101 Ways to Contribute, is available online at 101WaystoContribute.com and in e-book form at amazon.com for $2.99.

While Nathan is not charging for the book from his own website, he is asking those who are able to...

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