I feel compelled to share with you what is in my heart. I am sure by now you know that I have taken on a new project, fundraising for a special need of a priest at my parish who is from Nigeria. I was asked to help out with coordinating an event called Nativity Sunday. I had no idea when I started how closely this project would be related to the efforts my sister had taken on over ten years ago in Mexico. I am glad that I had an opportunity to tell Karen about my goals for this project before she passed and I know that she is leading the way for me.
This has become a family project and I am grateful for the support that everyone has given so far! Jonathan, Jennifer, and Julia, have come to meetings and have volunteered to help out in so many ways. Jennifer has met with Fr. Ken and is working on getting medical equipment donated from Kaiser, where she works. Julia has spoken to the teen group at church asking for help and has given her testimony about helping others. Jonathan is working on a video as well as signing up exhibitors for the event. I am so happy to tell you that Joe Garcia is performing at the event and Lito is as well. The boys are signed up to help on the day of the event. Everyone is lending their talents.
It is so exciting for me. And quite frightening as well! What if after all this work we don’t raise enough to make a difference? I wish I had my parents and my sister here to tell me if I am on the right track. I ask for nothing more from you at this time but your prayers. . . please pray for the efforts of this ministry.
These children are at risk of being sold into slavery. . . it breaks my heart to think about that reality. I hope it gets easier to spread this message. I will be asking everyone in all of my networks to consider sponsoring a family. . . for less than $2 a day, $50 a month, $600 a year, each child can have an education fund set up that will prevent their guardians from giving them up and will provide a goat which will help the family sustain itself. Every little bit helps.
It’s strange, I have done a lot of fundraising over the past 20 years. In most cases, I was raising funds for schools here that my own children attended. It was much easier asking for help and raising money for our own needs. It has been very rewarding to see computers and smart boards, a library and a science lab become a reality right before my eyes with help from the tens of thousands of dollars that I helped raise each year. I may never see first hand the rewards of helping this village. But I know in my heart that I must try to help them.