I am so surprised, so joyful, and so in awe at God's work and at His people's willingness to give! I just found out that we raised $2700 for the Orphanage Kids' Christmas Project! The goal was $1700 but we beat that by $1000 thus we will be able to provide a wonderful Christmas for the kids at the orphanage as well as save a little money for orphanage- related causes we deem worthy of our help.
I want to thank each and every one of you that has helped in some way or another. Many of my fellow Sm's helped a ton by telling their family and friends. I know many churches helped raise funds and many families sacrificed so orphans could have Christmas. One of my good friends Malia made a video for the project. Becca's kind mom, Nina Dahlberg, donated 200 beanie babies! Without your help this would have never been possible! I'm really so amazed!
What started as a small dream, a hope that maybe we could do something to touch the lives of these orphan kids, has really became a reality. We raised enough money and now the Christmas shopping has begun. So far we have cars, journals, pens, markers, dolls, sunglasses, and soccer balls. We still have so much shopping to do- and we missionaries are really having fun playing Santa's elves! Next Friday we will have a big packing party where we will make all the bags and fill them with goodies. We will pray over each of the orphans, write them small notes with Bible verses, and bake them homemade cookies to slip in each bag. Then on Christmas day we will bring all the beautiful Christmas bags to the orphan kids and personally deliver them! I'm so excited to see their faces when they get beautiful things of their very own.
I've learned through all of this, that if you have a dream- you should pursue it. If there's a will- there's a way, and one person really can make a difference. It takes a little initiative to get going and you have to make the choice to put in a little effort to make a difference for someone else. That- and if you have God on your team- He can use you, no matter how small, to make a big difference in someone else's life.
I'm so grateful for all of you'll helping in this project! I'm just so happy and I can't wait to give the presents when all of the orphanage kids will be very happy too. We will be taking tons of pictures on Christmas day and maybe we can even make a video at some point filming some of the action. $2700 = only because of God's grace and power =)