Thursday, January 29, 2009

Malawi Chip-In (UPDATED)

This is going to be so much fun! I'm super excited! Here's the deal! I've been talking for awhile about my college roomate Jamie and how she and her husband are going to Malawi, Africa for a year! A YEAR! She's giving up her cute little condo in Charlotte, both she and her husband are sacrificing jobs they love, they'll be away from their families for every major holiday for a year, and there's no Starbucks or Outback or Target (oh dear!!!) in Malawi. This is a big deal and I want to support them in every way I can and I hope that you'll join me!

**Just so you know - it takes awhile for the amount you donate to show up. It doesn't show up right away. In fact it doesn't even show up with in an hour. So if you've contributed and don't see it yet, don't worry! I also found out that I do get an email everytime someone contributes, so that's helpful even if you don't leave a comment.***
Micah 6:8 is always on my mind these days. It says; "He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." I can't think of a place filled with more injustice than AFRICA and I believe with all my heart that the LORD requires me to do something about it. What about you?

So here is the plan! My goal is to raise $300 in about one month's time! We can definitely do that. You know you easily spend that in a trip to Walmart, a stop at McDonalds and tank full of gas! But I'm not asking you to spend $300.00! I'm asking you to spend $1 or $3 or $5! And for every dollar you donate you name will be entered into a drawing to win a prize package of these fabulous prizes:

Isn't this little hobo bag cute! You'll be fashionably ready for spring with this adorable purse!

And did I mention that it's reversible!

And inside the purse you'll find this cross bead necklace made by a child orphaned by AIDS in Uganda. I picked this up when the Watoto children's choir came to our church a few weeks ago.

And of course I wouldn't leave out your kids! A brand new Jay Jay the Jet Plane DVD rounds out this prize package!

So if you donate $5 your name will be put in the drawing 5 times. If you donate $1 your name will be entered into the drawing 1 time! Got it? Simple, fun and for a great cause! You do need to leave me a comment on this post to let me know how much you donated, so I know how many times to enter your name! If you would rather email me, that's fine to, but the easiest thing to do is leave a comment!

And let me leave you with this quote that really made me search my own heart:

“Giving in the church today is embarrassing at best. So, there needs to be a message, a movement that addresses the problem in this very prosperous nation that reminds us and reinforces the fact that God has blessed this nation and blessed us as a people for a reason, not to buy the next car or a bigger house. God has blessed America so that we will purpose to reach out to others and in doing so accomplishing HIS will, doing HIS work, and then HE is glorified.” (Pastor Bob Coy)

And just incase you didn't watch it the last time I posted it, this is the video that made my heart stop. It changed me forever and that's why you're hearing about AFRICA again and probably AGAIN! We have got to do something!


Anonymous said...

What a great way to help your friends...I was quite moved when I read their blog and saw their video. I will pray for their year in Africa...may their ministry bring many to the Lord. Please add my name 25 times but should I win, I would like you to pass the prize package on to a young mother (f your choosing) who could use the hobo bag and video. I am blessed beyond measure and just want to bless your friends going to Malawi.

- Laurie

Sarah Joy said...

Judy, I just made my donation. I am so excited for Jamie and Daniel. This is awesome!

Amy said...

Please enter my name 25 times and enter Emma's name 1 time. She wanted to contribute to the children in Africa too!

the mccollums... said...

I continue to be blown away by the amazing act of love, Judy, and the immense generosity of our fellow bloggers! Most of them don't even know me! Thank you to everyone who has given or who plans to give in the future. We would love for you to check out our site.
This has totally encouraged me this week as we started our Malawi "To-do" list recently...its a tad overwhelming. Also, pray for a Movie Night fundraiser that we are planning on in March at an actual theatre...we are hoping for a good turn-out!