Monday, May 24, 2010

Fundraising

Fundraising is an unfortunate part of adoption isn't it? But it is such a blessing to be able to be a part of bringing a child HOME. Of saving an orphan who may otherwise not survive long, or would have to endure years of institution life. Many countries give children the opportunity to find their forever families... until the age of 5, then they are turned over to the institution. "Thrown away" as scrap. "Nope, you're over five, you can't be adopted any longer." It breaks my heart. BUT, we have the opportunity to help some, to save some, and more importantly, to hopefully spread the word... no, forgive me, I mean the WORD. God has ordained US as followers to give a home to the orphan, to care for the widows, to do to the least what we would do for Him.

I believe this. I am trying to live this. I know that we all aren't called to adopt. BUT, we can be a part of helping orphans. We can do this by giving monetarily so that others may fulfill this. We can watch the children of someone while they travel to adopt. We can bring new adoptive parents meals or help with other children. We can simply spread the word about other adoption fundraisers. We CAN help!

I am starting our first adoption fundraiser. In the next day or two you will see a new link on my sideline to this blog: Blogs With Purpose Feel free to check it out now, but remember it's just in the beginning stages and not quite complete... almost though! :) I will be offering my newly developed services in designing blog headers and backgrounds. (I designed the new one on this page and also on the 'Purpose' blog.)

BUT, I will also be "Paying it Forward." Did you ever read this book, or even see the movie? (Although I always like the books better! :) ) For each $25 donated, I will design a blog header and background for your blog. I will put $20 directly into our adoption fund, BUT $5 will go to someone else's adoption fund! I will showcase another adoptive family each month and the money raised during that month will go into their adoption fund! I am so excited to do this!!! I have already contacted the first family I will be working with, and let me tell you have they got a story to share! I have truly loved getting to know them through their blog and in a few emails and I'm sure that if you don't already know of them, you will love them too!

Please check back soon and consider supporting us in this vision.

In His Name,
Lisa

5 comments:

lesli said...

Great idea, Lisa! Very creative :)

Christie said...

Lisa,

I ran into your blog through His Hands His Feet Today.

I love that you're putting your creativity and gifts to work to help advance the Kingdom.

I look forward to seeing what God has in store through this!

In Christ,
Christie
http://satisfactionthroughchrist.blogspot.com

Shauna said...

What a wonderful idea!

Courtney said...

Love your idea, Lisa! That's wonderful! If you'd like to set up a One Hundred Good Wishes page (it's a free fundraising tool for adopting families), just visit www.onehundredgoodwishes.com to get started. We are an adopting family who is fundraising for our own adoption with this website and thought that we'd open it up to other families to use for their adoption endeavor. Best wishes to you on your adoption journey!

Lisa said...

Thanks Courtney! I do have your site bookmarked, but we're not yet homestudy ready so I haven't started. Thanks though!!! :)

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I am a single mom to four amazing kids; each of whom just happen to have been adopted. The first three were adopted through foster care, and we just completed an international adoption from Haiti. Our family has grown through adoption and I am all the more blessed to know each of my children. I worship a mighty God, teach Special Ed, love bargains, and am inspired by Pinterest... come along with us for the ride!


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