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May 22, 2010

All Sorts of Stuff

From Brent

First of all, thank you, thank you, thank you for your kind and generous donations to our orphan adoption effort. You invested $1500 in gifts last week after our request.

For our new readers, our goal/mission is:

If others will invest up front in the adoption expenses, we'll invest the care and parenting for the rest of their life. That's our vision. We aren't asking for donations for our own pleasure. It is our ministry to orphans.

Also for our new readers, our family mission to adopt orphans is not simply a case of wanting more children or expanding our family. We could be very happy with the seven we have. We adopt orphans as a ministry, as an outpouring of our faith. We believe God's Word to be true when it says that caring for orphan is a pure and undefiled expression of the Christian life (James 1:27). That's why we are not ashamed to ask people to join us. Your investment is every bit as important and honoring to God as our continuing investment to raise the children.

We had lots and lots of good ideas from readers.

A couple of them were repeated many times. Here's some we are going to try out in the near future:
  1. Someone offered to do blog makeovers and donate a portion to us.
  2. It was suggested we auction things. My wife and I discussed this and we have things of value in our home that we would gladly trade for the life of an orphan. So we are going to auction some items soon. Not junk, real stuff that we think people will be glad to bid on.
  3. "Raffles" were brought up several times but raffles are completely illegal. I think some folks have figured our legal ways to accomplish the same thing so if you know how, please let us know.
  4. Donations for books - I have lots of book projects lined up for the future, so I may give them away for a donation of ANY amount.
  5. I may auction off some of my professional skills like blog critiques, graphics or photography enhancement.
Again... (and you know this already if you've read our blog for very long), we don't beg or ask for people to give so we can increase our lifestyle. Our ministry is to orphans. On their behalf, we encourage people to invest in this eternally rewarding good work. If others will help us with the upfront adoption expense, we'll dedicate our whole lifetime to raising and caring for them.

Monday I'll answer some questions that were sent in to us about the adoption fund-raising effort.

Please pray for Chrissie's family as they celebrate her graduation this week in to the arms of her loving Savior. http://allarepreciousinhissight.blogspot.com/

9 comments:

Kat said...

So glad people are responding!!!

I will share with you that we have done multiple adoption yard sales...asking others to donate items and time. So many can't afford to donate finances, but can find things in their houses to part with. We advertise in the local Thrify Nickel or The Green Sheet and Craigslist...part with everything we won't just end up rebuying...and finally sell large things in Craislist between sales (being very clear what the proceeds are for). We've done it both at a local Church and at our house. HTH!

Anonymous said...

Dear Brent,
Are you aware that Chrissy passed away? And, are you aware that her family asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to several places...Abby's Wish being one? I guess I'm surprised that you have not mentioned this on your blog. That's all. Just really curious...and Concerned that you may not be aware of this.

Anonymous said...

Yay, I'm so glad you are going to do an auction!I think your other ideas are good too. You shouldn't have any trouble raising the rest of the money. I live in Missouri, so maybe I'll have a chance to meet you and your family in real life some day!

Carrie said...

Thank you for introducing me to Chrissie's family- it was an honor to walk and pray with her family through her struggle. For my earthly self, I wish things had turned out differently, but I know she's in a much better place today than we all are. I hope her story continues to bring glory to God and I hope that it also helps Abby get her wish.

Internet hugs to you all.

Marie said...

Mckmama raffled off an iPad for charity, and she mentioned something about getting proper approval to make it all above board. However that may be because she was doing it for a registered charity, which you are not. Perhaps you can ask her how she did it?

Another (slightly controversial) thing you can do is advertising on your blog? I understand you can make quite a bit of money that way? Personally I have no problem with blog advertising, if a person is investing their time writing a blog why should they not earn money just as an author or journalist would?

HomeSchool Mommy said...

Below is a family who did an adoption raffle. They found out that it's legal as long as you say that people can enter even without purchasing a ticket.

http://www.nihaoyall.com/2010/05/nosy-continued.html

Wendi Taylor said...

I don't know what the laws actually are on raffles but every church I have ever attended has had at least one, the schools do them several times a year, etc. So if it's illegal, a lot of people don't know it... ???

trooppetrie said...

I would love to donate camera strap covers and burp clothes

Janell said...

I enjoy reading your blog and have been praying for Abby. I know your niece Whitney and my daughters and I visited Abby a little over a year ago at the hospital. I just wanted to let you know I truly believe in James 1:27 when it says to care for the fatherless and widows. We are a foster family for infants and are open to adoption even though we are older (49 & 50) and our 3 daughters are grown. Prayers that Abby's Wish comes true and I'll be watching for that auction!