40 times 40...

It's easy to get overwhelmed by undertaking a task such as fundraising.  At first what seems insurmountable can become a reality by breaking down the challenge into smaller pieces. 

In our startup of Spirit of Adoption Alberta it has been easy for us to be excited. We recognize that although we hope people catch the vision ,not everyone will be as excited as we are. 

In reality we recognize that there are many causes worth contributing to.  Every time we turn around it seems like another organization, school, sports team, or cub scout is asking for a donation.  A constant inundation of requests. We realize that not everyone will be able to contribute.

We also know that In order to endure and grow we will have to be tested to see if we have what it takes to trust in the long term vision. 

The manna is falling... Just slower than we had hoped. Surrounded by a world of instant gratification we thought it would just appear.  

Well,  we are being tested to trust.  Trust in a process... A long term solution, not a quick fix.

The number 40 keeps popping into my head these days and I have been wondering what message I needed to hear.

So I looked it up...  What's the significance of the number 40?
 This is what I found. 

"The number 40 holds particular significance in the Bible and refers to a precise number, not just a long period of time. There are at least ten instances in the Old Testament and New Testament where 40 occurs, either in years or days.

E.g; it rained for 40 days and 40 nights, Moses was on the mountain 40 days and 40 nights, the Israelites wandered 40 years, Jesus fasted in the wilderness for 40 days and was seen on the earth for 40 days after His crucifixion.

A 40-something time period, whether days, months, or years is ALWAYS a period of testing, trial, probation, or chastisement (but not judgment) and ends with a period of restoration, revival or renewal."

So I thought it might be a great time to throw out a challenge as we pray these next 40 days leading up to Orphan Sunday and Adoption Awareness Month in November.

If just 40 people would commit to 40 dollars a month and take on one small piece of the challenge. 

So 40 days and 40 supporters.. starting today,  we are praying that 40 people would commit to a recurring donation of 40 dollars/ month. 

The pieces come together. 

So I'm challenging you to take a piece and call it your own. 

Check back November 13 for an update...

Thank you in advance for your support!

Click here to take your piece...

The Ripple Effect...

Preparing to write this update I came across this quote.

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” 
― Mother Teresa

To be clear I for one am not throwing this endeavour into the ring with such a highly esteemed woman who for over 45 years, ministered to the poor, sick, orphaned, and dying, first throughout India and then in other countries. Let's be clear on that...however, I do think the ripple effect she so eloquently describes is a powerful image that encourages all of us to live a life of impact.  She didn't use the word rock or boulder...she carefully chose the word stone. A stone is generally small and seemingly insignificant. In this context of describing skipping a stone across waters she thoughtfully used the image of something small that has the potential to create a much bigger impact.  In the world each of us is small and can feel insignificant at times, but much like a skipping stone we too can create a ripple effect.

As we near the end of our first campaign...40 times 40... I want to thank you for casting your stone.  Exciting does not give justice to how it has felt to open an email to receive notice that a donation has been received.  It feels like Christmas every time!  As we near the end of this 40 day challenge it is a wonderful opportunity to thank all of our supporters and remind them of the incredible gift they have given.  Every donation regardless of amount is a blessing and will prove to bless an Alberta family on their adoption journey.  The stones you are casting will be a ripple in the lives of these families. 
In faith we move forward with the commitment to release our first grant before Christmas. As our supporters we are thankful for your generosity and look forward to this endeavour rooted in the reality that we cannot do this alone. So thank you to all who are encouraging us wether in contribution of word or donation.  Please continue to pass our vision on to others and keep us in prayer as we move forward... and there is always time for more stones to be cast.