I’m sure many of you have seen the hashtag, #givingtuesday today. In case you didn’t know, “#GivingTuesday is a movement to create a national day of giving to kick off the giving season. #GivingTuesday was started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation as a response to commercialization and consumerism in the post-Thanksgiving season (Black Friday and Cyber Monday)”. (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giving_Tuesday)
What amazes me about this movement is not just people and organizations who rally behind different causes and advocate for them on this special day, but the wonderous generosity that I see come from this. I’ve seen a couple who are to be wed in two weeks give away half of their wedding gifts to charitable causes in their area. Even companies like Paypal, giving an extra 1% to whichever charity you donate to using their services. Just this morning, several of us posted a link about a girl named Shari, listed on Reece’s Rainbow. An anonymous donor offered $10,000 to other orphans listed on RR when Shari’s FSP reached $1,000. And just like that, Shari’s funds exceeded $1,000, and $10,000 went towards the adoption funds of various children in need. Reece’s Rainbow is near and dear to our hearts since it is a ministry that advocates for orphans with disabilities around the world and is where God led us to Ruthie! There is so much I could say about this ministry. Did you know.. there are people who pray for the orphans on Reece’s Rainbow daily? And ones who contribute financially to these orphan’s adoption funds, many times anonymously. I could go on.. but there are many rewards in heaven for those prayer warriors and supporters, I am sure!! :)
These words are true, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ When I consider what this holiday season means, it is really all about what we give, and then watch how the Lord multiplies. To the fatherless, giving even a little, goes a long way.
While we were in the process of adopting Ruthie, we were so blessed by the generosity of many who contributed financially to help bring her home. Seriously, blessed. One family donated funds so that we could hold a fundraiser luncheon for Ruthie, and it almost fully funded our entire adoption. Mind blowing multiplication right there! We are still shocked and amazed at how God uses these situations to show that He is big enough to provide for our every need, no matter how big or small.
Show Hope is another organization that advocates for orphans and helps bring families together through financial grants. Their kind donors blessed us with a grant and we were so blown away – we totally were not expecting it, as we had been denied for every grant we had applied for. The crazier thing is that while we visited Ruthie’s old orphanage in China, we saw this big blue building with white clouds painted on it, across the path from R’s orphanage. I asked our guide what this building was and she told us that this was where many of the severely sick and disabled children go, and where many pass away. Our hearts broke to pieces. Later when we got home, we saw a photo of that blue building. It is a care center funded by the same Show Hope that gave us our grant, and is called Maria’s Big House of Hope! See their GivingTuesday video or visit Gifts of Hope site and see what an impact gifts make in the lives of orphans everywhere.
We are so thankful that Ruthie is home, we are so thankful that we have a community to rally around us to support and love us and her through this process. It still feels like a dream sometimes. When she wakes up with all her crazy hair looking like a mohawk saying, “I love you, Mama, Babaa!!”, when she sings and says, “Jesus…” through out the day, asking us to pray with each new event.. it seems so surreal that she’s only been with us two months. But it could not have happened without the generous love, prayers, and support from all of you. We are so thankful to God and our only response is to love Him and others (though we fail a lot!), and give and bless, as we have been blessed. We are firm believers of God’s upside down economy.. He is one that shows us with five loaves and two fish, he can feed thousands. His economy is the only one where when you give of your heart, there is a guaranteed return on investment! With a few people who say, I will contribute to the cause of the orphans through prayer and whatever else I can give, He will care for them and He will bring the children home.