"If we ever are afraid of the future, eternity, or God’s judgment, we can remind ourselves of God’s love. We know that he loves us perfectly (Romans 8:38, 39). We can resolve our fears first by focusing on his immeasurable love for us, and then by allowing him to love others through us. His love will quiet your fears and give you confidence." - Study Bible Commentary on 1 John 4:18

Friday, June 15, 2012

Fundraising.....the Garage Sale.

This is a whole new way of thinking for me.

We did not have to fundraise for our first two adoptions.  We received unexpected money after my father died.  I believe my father would be pleased.

So now we begin this chapter.

The Fundraising chapter.

How does one begin?????

For us, we began with prayer.


I believe God wants us to become even more dependent on Him.  He wants us to be so deeply connected to Him.  He wants us to trust Him completely.

I believe this journey to our child will glorify Him.

I believe with my whole heart that He will provide.

Then we went to our friends and asked them for support, advice, and help.
They are our team!

And let me tell you, our friends have been amazing.  This group of ladies have been incredible.  What a blessing they are to Mandy and me.

We decided for our first fundraiser that we would 'try a garage sale'.  We had a meeting.  We brainstormed.  We picked a date.  We prayed and asked for God's direction.....we prayed and hoped that we could honor God through this garage sale.  We decided that we also wanted to bring awareness about adoption to our community. We choose our theme:

Perfect Love.

We based it on 1 John 4:18.

"There is no fear in love.  But perfect love casts our fear..."

Pretty much perfect....for us.


We made posters.

We ordered business cards from Vista print.

We put announcements is our church bulletin and other local churches.

We put up flyers around our city.

We asked for donations.  Boy, did we get donations.  Holy-Moly!

We have been working on this garage sale forever about three weeks.

I asked the general manager of our local Christian radio station if there was any way they could help us.

Guess what?

They are coming to our garage sale!
For real!
For one morning, they will be broadcasting, providing food, and doing some give-aways.

We are so blessed.

Our garage sale is next Thursday, June 21.

I can't wait to see God's blessings.  I can't wait to see how He provides.  I can't wait to talk about adoption.  I want to share about the world wide orphan crisis.  I want people to know they can make a difference.  I am hoping that we can inspire some one to consider growing their family through adoption.


Our kids. Lunch break and complete silliness.

And {our} happy baby.  Everyone needs a happy baby!!

1 comment:

  1. Just looking at these pictures makes me laugh...what joy we have had praying over and getting ready for this GRAND event!

    Can't wait to see how this unfolds!