Monday, December 5, 2011

The Ghana Fund Grows


I often think back to the day I finally decided to ask for help in sponsoring the beautiful Kwagala from Uganda.

An excerpt from that post:

I sat with coffee in hand and argued with myself. Well, not so much myself, as I believe I was arguing with God.

“ “Post on your blog. See if you can find a group of people willing to help you out with sponsorship.”

“I don’t want to get my hopes up and get disappointed. What if a few donate and we can cover her for a few months, and then the funds run out and we can’t continue.”

“Post on your blog. Amy was able to coordinate the group-sponsorship of Agnes. You have a lot of passionate readers with big hearts.”

“But, what if NO ONE is interested? What if I look like a fool? Someone who is always asking people for something.”

“Post. On. Your. Blog.”

Back and forth I went until I decided to just try, to put it out there and see what would happen.

Well, love happened.”

That experience showed me just what is possible if we step out of our comfort zone and follow the promptings put on our hearts.

Anyone who knows me knows that I have a deep love for Africa and specifically Ghana.  When a little Ghanaian girl joined our family as our first Compassion International sponsored child, we had no idea just how much she would impact our lives in the years to follow.

I do feel in my heart that, someday, I will set foot on African soil and wrap my arms around our beloved Precious. I will spend time immersed in Ghanaian culture, I will meet with their people, I will worship in their churches.

My inner critic tries to tell me what a foolish thought this is and how impossible it would be for a family that survives on one modest income to provide for a trip like this.  How selfish it would be to seek out donations to help pay for the trip… Yet, another voice comes in and whispers,

“Just ask.”

After some encouraging conversations with a few dear friends, I have created a ChipIn fundraiser. Before doing this, I had already received a $200 donation towards the cost of a Passport and another $500 donation.  In the last week, $100 in donations have come in, What blessings!

I have to say, asking for donations and accepting help is not easy, but I have this feeling that the Lord is using this opportunity to keep me humble and to strengthen my faith.

I am so thankful to those who have donated and who are praying for me as I prepare for my “someday trip” to Ghana.  I am especially thankful to my sister-friend, JD.  She has been such an encouragement to me, more than I could ever put into words.

I’ll keep this ChipIn widget on the sidebar of my blog as well so that you can cheer with me as the total increases. 

My deepest thanks to all of my readers for their wonderful support and encouragement. Your comments and presence here make the time I put into blogging and advocating for Compassion so worth it! May God bless you all!