Thank you to those who purchased T-shirts and necklaces! I have even had a few donations from people I have never met!! Shirts came in today and should be in the mail tomorrow!
I have been praying so hard about Abenezer. I know that if it is God's will that he be with us this summer it will happen. I love Mark Batterson's Lion Chaser's Manifesto. The line that keeps standing out to me is this, "Go after a dream that is destined to fail without divine intervention." That is SO scary.
To some people $3400 is nothing, a drop in the hat, a tiny portion of their income. I am so blessed in my life with family, friends, passions that God is growing in me, love for life, good health, soooo many things. Money, I have not been blessed (cursed??) with. And honestly, I praise God for that. It forces me to trust Him, seek His help, follow His dreams, His passions. And WOW, what an adventure it has been. I look at how God has provided over the past year and a half. I have been to Africa THREE times!!! THREE!! Each of those provided by God in crazy miraculous ways. God put this passion in my heart for orphans and I don't have an option but to do what He tells me to do.
I want to make this disclaimer. This post is not to ask you for money. I have been so worred. I have been asking God to show me how to raise these funds. I have racked my brain for new exciting ideas for fund-raising, wondering who I should bug next - ha!! But, you know what? I don't want to be able to take the credit for raising this money. I don't want to look back and say: "I worked hard and I sold this many t-shirts, and I raised this much with a dinner, and I made people feel something - which convinced them to give."
I want to say, "WOW, there is no way this could have happened if God had not stepped in."
I will still do fund-raisers, I will still keep everyone up to date as things progress, I may even ask for your help. But I want you to know, God gets all the glory. He is the one who assembled this puzzle, he knows how it ends and what the final picture looks like. I am but a humble servant, in awe and amazed at what my King can do.