Tuesday, March 23, 2010

It wasn't enough...

Warning: I have lots of words in my head. And not a single picture to post.

Generally I am not a fan of super wordy posts but sometimes it just needs to come out.
If you've been reading for a while you know the Blessed Campaign we did to raise money for the Haiti disaster.
We donated the funds through Compassion International.

It felt so good to be able to do something to help!
$3000 was just a drop of what was needed, but it's more than I could've ever donated on my own.
In the middle of the campaign, we had no idea when it would end. When we would cut it off.
As we neared $3000 the sales slowed.
And we felt like that was a good place to stop.
We couldn't physically keep up with the charity orders along with the regular orders we get.

But in the back of my mind I keep feeling like somehow my work isn't done.
It wasn't enough.
I can't just hand over a chunk of money to a charity and then forget about it.

I've followed MckMama's and Kristen's journey on twitter and their blogs lately as they visited Africa with Compassion.
They didn't just visit. They changed lives. Their own lives were changed.
They were moved beyond words.
I actually put off reading Kristen's blog for over a week because I knew it would stir me and I wasn't ready to deal with it.
I finally gave in, and I was right.
Moved me to tears.
It left me breathless, speechless, and broken.

We live in the wealthiest and most pampered country in the world.
Ironically, by American standards, our family is quite poor.
But we're still wealthy beyond compare when you look at other countries.

So I need to do more. More to help those who are starving and poor.
I've known it for a while, but God just won't leave me alone about it.
He's good at pestering, sometimes.

Of course the logical side of my brain says, "I've already given so much. What more can I do? I can't keep up with mom duties, wife duties, running a home, remodeling a new home, running a jewelry business, running a photography business, etc."

What I can do, though, is help raise money through advertising.

I already sell ads on my blog and have for a few years.
But from now on, the money raised through advertising will be donated to Compassion to help unsponsored children.

If you look at their website, you'll see that you can choose a child to sponsor.
It's beautiful and heartbreaking.
And the tender-always-last-to-be-picked side of me thinks, "But what about those who aren't chosen?"
So that's where this money will go.
To unsponsored children.

All the specifics are in the right sidebar.
It's a win-win!
Your company/blog/website gets great exposure and your money is helping children who desperately need it!

I can't believe I didn't think of this before.
God just didn't pester me hard enough until now.


Kristen said...

YOU are beautiful. Thank you for such a generous, gracious act. I'm truly touched by you!

Clutter-Free Classroom said...

Hi Beki,

I've been stalking...um, I mean following, your blog for awhile now. LOVE IT! Another blogger I follow recently started a very cool website (last Monday...it's that new) and based on today's entry, you may be interested in contacting her about being a guest blogger or maybe doing a giveaway using your charity of choice. Her site is www.liferearranged.com. Just wanted to pass that along since it seemed appropriate. Hope all is going well with the house makeover.

Jodi in MA (www.littlestlearners.blogspot.com)

kraftykash said...

God speaks to us in mysterious ways. Im glad you listened. I can feel the love and excitment in this post, even without a picture. :) You are awesome!

Shaun Groves said...

I linked to you just now from the "Mr. Linky" in this post: http://shaungroves.com/2010/03/unintended-consequences/

Wanted to share your story with even more people. I hope that's OK.

Unknown said...

You are amazing & inspiring! Your words were enough, no picture needed! Wonderful idea too!!

Love the Decor! said...

Bless you for your generous spirit!
we have had compassion children for many years now and it was a real blessing to see that my daughter and hubby are sponsoring one now too. Great cause

Melissa G. said...

What a great idea!

Unknown said...

brilliant idea. brilliant God.

rentz said...

Beki, you have a beautiful heart.

Lori Allberry said...

Beki you are a truly BEAUTIFUL, AMAZING woman inside and out!

You AMAZE me!


Alison said...

There are so many ways we can still help, even when we seem to have no time nor energy left beyond our responsibilities of the day. Thank you for your inspiration. Best of luck.

gina said...

Amazing. Go you.

i love your sidebar all cleaned up-and rewritten. it looks really good.

Erica said...

beki- i LOVE your heart! i know you don't do this for praise to yourself but to God alone, but sometimes a girl needs encouragement and girl YOU are a beautiful person inside and out!

Artsnark said...

wonderful! Will spread the world

jonahbonah said...

i'm so proud of you....
and our God!

Martha said...

beautiful post...all the right words came out...God is great like that...how wonderful the difference you HAVE already made:)

Signs and Salvage said...

I love it when God gives me those BIG Aha moments that can only come from Him!! I will think about particitpating in this...thank you so much for giving us the opportunity!! You rock sista!!!


Chelsea Dischinger said...

I read your blog today and I love it. My name is Chelsea and I own a jewelry company called Justice Juels and I started it to raise money to rescue kids from human trafficking. I donate the majority of my profits to organizations that do just that. You are right we are so blessed in this country and we all need to do our part to help out the less fortunate. Thank you for doing what you doing. I am good friends with Erin Edwards and she mentioned you to me and I now see why, you sound like an amazing woman.

Vanessa said...

What a wonderful idea Beki!! A big blessing to those sweet little ones. I try to be a vessel for Him and pour out as much as I can each week. The money isnt mine anyway and I cant very well take it with me he he. God bless you! ~Vanessa :)

Sara said...

you rock :)

Jen said...

You are simply incredible, Beki! You are so kind, generous, good-hearted and sensitive. I was so impressed with your "Blessed" campaign, and now I'm even more impressed with this! Good luck... I hope you help many, many unsponsored children.

Donna @ Way More Homemade said...

I've thought about doing something similar, but I don't currently sell ads and I feel like I don't get enough traffic to merit it.

Wonderful that you're able to, though.