Praise God! Seeds have been planted.
"He told them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field." -Luke 10:2
The fundraiser was a success. But not just according to what you typically associate a fundraiser with accomplishing.
We are getting comments. Comments like, "I want to donate to Everyday Blessings. Will they take ______ ?" Comments like, "I am sponsoring a child through Compassion/World Vision. I didn't realize it costs so little."
You see, we researched before we planned the fundraiser. From what we read, we realized that you have to make orphans, widows, and the least of these PERSONAL. At the fundraiser, papers were handed out on World Vision sponsorship, Everyday Blessings, Because Every Mother Matters, The Adam Tulu Project, and the Florida Baptist Children's Home. Pam Bell from Everyday Blessings spoke. There was a board with pictures of orphans and things you could do to help. Making it personal.
All day long you can hear that there's an orphan crisis. You can know by reading the Bible that you are supposed to support orphans in some way. But until you meet orphans who's lives have been changed through adoption or sponsorship, you don't get it. You may hear that you should help widows, but until your friend becomes a widow, you don't fully acknowledge it. You can watch the news while the media shows the homeless and hungry, but until your neighbor loses his job and is hungry, you don't understand how to act.
Planted seeds, when watered, begin to grow.
It's fantastically fun to watch the aftermath of the fundraiser. To see orphans, widows, the hungry, and homeless become personal to other people.
What Alan and I pray as we make this journey so public is that through our transparency others will realize each orphan has a face and a name. Each widow has a heart that's been broken. Every hungry person has a story.
When you come face to face with this reality, you are more apt to act. "He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly[a] with your God." - Micah 6:8
When's the last time you sent a card to a widow you know? Sent money to a child sponsorship program or local children's home? Brought your neighbor a meal?
You can choose mercy right now.
You can choose justice right now.
You can choose love right now.
Be a neighbor.
Bring on the aftermath.