Fundraising. That’s right! I said fundraising. To some, the thought of asking for things seems real uncomfortable and slightly awkward. And I’m not even talking about money. I used to be really bad at asking for help, which revealed an ugly word called PRIDE. Ryan used to give me the hardest time in college because I never asked my professors for help. He couldn’t believe that I would rather fail a test than just go ask!! I had this deep rooted insecurity that would build up anytime I thought about raising my hand or setting up a meeting to talk with a teacher. I always defaulted to spending countless hours trying to figure it out on my own, and I’d say 99% of the time I would come up short. I really think it took an understanding of “grace” to release me from this prison of control. The thought of holding my plans loosely before the Lord now gives me a sense of freedom and hope. To trust that He’s got this!!
“11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare[a] and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. 13 You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13
Fundraising has become a common topic in our house these days. Ryan’s new job with The Last Well is centered around telling the story of the ministry and asking others to be apart of the mission to bring the Gospel and clean water to the country of Liberia. His days are spent connecting with people and putting plans together for raising funds to drill wells. Key word CONNECT! Ryan and I love to be with people…It recharges us! When we started thinking about all that we needed to raise support for our adoption we both sunk in our seats a little. Thoughts of doubt and anxiety came flooding in and quite honestly it seemed too big a task to handle. But we were reminded that God has lead us here…to this place. A place of vulnerability. A place to get on our knees and lift our hands to Him and say “We desperately need you!” We have learned that fundraising isn’t really about asking for money. It’s about inviting people in to be more than just an observer and become a part of the story.
So we’ve decided to get creative! I bought the most comfortable t-shirt last weekend and thought…T-SHIRTS!!!! What’s better than a new comfy tee to add to your collection?! Ryan and I have decided to start at T-Shirt fundraiser! I’ve spent the last week figuring out all the logistics and now we’re ready!! Head over to our FUNDRAISING page to find out more!