Tuesday, March 29, 2016

41Day

Do you have the Timehop app? I pretty much love it. I love it because it reminds me how far I've come; how much has changed and how much hasn't. It keeps me (real) humble, because, my goodness, I say some dumb stuff. And when it comes to Rwanda, it is a daily reminder of God's great love and faithfulness.

A few weeks ago, a link to this blog came up. It was written five years ago, as I was just moving out of my house and into my mom's in preparation for moving to Rwanda that summer. To sum up my ramblings:

I have been pouring through anything and everything I can about faith and trust and about daring to believe God for the impossible. Not by me, but through me. And I've gotta tell you, you're not going to believe this, but I'm a world-changer. It's true. I am.

And so are you.


I am disappointed in the fact that it took me so long to figure it out, but absolutely bursting at the seams to watch what happens. As it turns out, two of the most overwhelmingly apparent qualities in me, that seem to define most of my life, are about to work together for the glory God. Naiveté and optimism. On this specific journey, I'm naive enough to give it try and optimistic enough to think I can make a difference. Steven Furtick calls it "Sanctified Naiveté" and says that "when the scope of your vision seems a lot bigger than your base of knowledge or the breadth of your experience, you're in good company." A few young, immature biblical heroes include Jeremiah, Timothy and my personal fav Paul.


I had no idea why I was going to Rwanda, except that I loved a little boy. I knew nothing about sewing, or running a business. I had zero thoughts about feeding kids. Reading back over the blog was cringe-y, to say the least, but I was smiling like an idiot because, even then, and long before, the pieces of this journey were falling into place. It's hard to imagine the ride that has taken place in just five years. In so many ways, that empty living room feels like a lifetime ago, yet I still remember the lost and lonely girl who cried out and found hope within those walls. God is faithful. And though it's still cringe-y to say, I am world changer. I have seen a little tiny piece of the world change because of one very small step I took, out of sanctified naiveté, followed by another, and another, and another...

So, you know what that means, you are world changer, too.


This isn't some kind of feel-good thing (unless you're feeling good about it), this really is a real thing. Have you heard that quote by Margret Mead? "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."


So, I'm sure you are already contributing to world change, in your own way, but I want to tell you about another opportunity. A simple, yet significant chance to impact the life of a student you will likely never meet, but who will feel the effects of your generosity for a lifetime. And since you might never meet them, I'll tell you, they are the raddest, most excited group of kids. We currently have around 1,200 students and teachers in our program and, I promis you, you have never heard so much cheering and clapping over food.... We are talking about students who may only eat this one meal for the entire day. Students who are potentially being educated for the chance to eat this meal. We are talking about entire families being changed, generationally, because of one meal.


On April 1st (FRIDAY!), we will have our 4th Annual 41Day. This is a day where we join with people all over the world, chose to give up our lunch for one day, and donate what we would have spent to feed students in Rwanda. One meal costs just $0.25. How much do you spend on lunch?

$1 feeds 4 children for one day,
$5 feeds 20 children,
$10 feeds 40 children...

Over the last 3 years, just on this one day, we have fed nearly 200,000 meals!! One person and one dollar at a time.

Are you in?! Here's what you can do:
  • On Friday, April 1st, you can fast, pray, donate what you would have spent on lunch.
  • If you're the crazy kind, you can set up a recurring monthly donation. Just $10 month, will take care of feeding two students!!
  • Share our story with your friends on Facebook, twitter, instagram, your blog...
  • Make a purchase in the shop. The Solange Tote feeds 93 meals!
  • Donate here to sponsor a child for the year. ($60. Done and done!)
  • Find us on Instagram. You know, just for fun. :)
  • Hit that little share button down there and tell your friends about how you're changing our world in Rwanda! 
See you Friday! xo

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