From emails and comments it is obvious that the most suggested and popular idea for us to raise funds for the orphan work is auction/raffles. People get something of value, and we get donations for the orphans.
A bunch of folks have said they (and probably lots of other people) would be glad to donate "stuff" to be auctioned or raffled. We are certainly blessed with an abundance of "stuff", aren't we?
So, in our continued ministry to orphans (James 1:27) we are putting out the all-call for anyone who wants to be part of the blessing. We're asking for folks to send us "stuff" we can auction. It will be more effective if we maintain a level of value that is more than few dollars (which won't even cover shipping costs), so you might "bundle" things into one package/item (such as a dozen sets of baby clothes, or 10 Christian CD's). You have our word we'll not auction off valuable items for "cheap". We will respect the investment you've made and treat each item accordingly.
Some people may just want to send the "stuff" to us and be done with it. Others might be willing to take photos, let us do the auction, then ship the items to the buyer directly. Whatever you feel led to do...
Remember, our mission is to minister to orphans. We are not ashamed, on behalf of orphans, to ask other people to invest in this good work by helping with the costs of adopting them and bringing them home. Then we'll invest a life time of parenting and care. We're not wealthy. We cannot afford the significant up front costs but we are willing to make whatever sacrifices necessary to give these precious kids a good life with a loving family.
It is a worthy eternal blessing that God considers "pure" Christianity. You don't have to be the one adopting, you can support those who are. Each is needed, each is just as important. Each has equal reward.
In America, we are blessed with lots of "stuff" and there could hardly be a better way to re-invest our "stuff" eternally than by giving it to fund raise for the care of orphans. We are going to sell a lot of our own stuff. We don't ask others to join us in something we aren't willing to do ourselves.
Every single donated PENNY for your "stuff" will go to the costs of adopting an orphan.
If you have any questions or ideas, feel free to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org)... you can send your stuff to:
Washington, OK 73093
We are almost home after a wonderful couple of days with the Patterson's. We were honored and blessed to spend the day with them yesterday, stay at their home last night, and see Chrissie buried at their ranch this morning. We stayed up until 2am sharing our lives and stories. It was a wonderful, wonderful blessing.
We'll post up photos and details as soon as we can.