This past month we saw love demonstrated by amazing friends and complete strangers. We held two adoption fundraiser garage sales and were completely overwhelmed by the support and excitement. Donations poured in to the point where our garage was full, our neighbor’s garage was full and it looked like Goodwill exploded in our living room, dining room and foyer. I wept in the driveway as complete strangers brought us loads of amazing items to sell; train tables, tricycles, furniture, TV’s, toddler playscapes, and so much more. We had friends helping us throughout the week organizing and then arriving at 6:30 a.m. the day of the sale to help us set up. We had helpers stay throughout the garage sales even in the brutal Texas heat. Our garage sales raised over $3400 (and we still have great items for sale on Craig’s List!)
Just as amazing as the amount of money we raised was seeing people’s hearts and compassion for adoption. One incident in particular moved us all. A little girl (I am guessing 8-9 years old) was at our garage sale with her mother. At check out we had a donation jar. Each person who donated was asked to write his/her name on a small paper heart and attach it to a big thank you poster. The mother began explaining to her daughter the purpose of our fundraiser and without hesitation the little girl added her money to the jar. As I began thanking her, her mother shared with me that she (the daughter) was born with a heart condition/disease and has undergone 42 heart procedures. I could see the scars on the little girl’s chest and my heart ached for all she had been through at such a young age. The mother proceded to tell me that her daughter wants to be a nurse when she grows up and help people in Africa! I asked the little girl if she wanted to fill out a heart for our poster and she wrote: Kassandra … Love You. At this point tears were streaming down my face and I hugged sweet little Kassandra and thanked the Lord for this little walking miracle. Her weak, little heart is full of compassion for people she deems more needy than herself. 42 surgeries and the only bleeding heart she’s experiencing is one that aches for the people of Africa, including our son and daughter, to experience hope.
13 Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. 14 And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. 15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! – 2 Corinthians 9:13-15
We are SO thankful to all of you that made donations or sacrificed your Saturday(s) to help with our fundraiser. Your generosity certainly resulted in thanksgiving to God!
We cannot wait to one day tell our children about the amazing friends that helped to bring them home!