It's September 11th as I write this post for tomorrow. Our family spent the day talking about and reflecting on the events of ten years ago. It's hard to wrap my brain around the fact that it's only been ten years since the day our nation was attacked, because it truly seems like yesterday to me.
I don't know about you, but remembering those events is still very emotional for me. I can't watch footage of the twin towers coming down without experiencing the same sickening feeling of horror and sadness I felt on the day it happened. We listened today to an audio clip of a man making his final phone call to a 911 operator from the towers- panic stricken and in agony, he told the operator he was too young to die. We watched news clip after news clip of people's reactions to the terror our nation experienced. I will never forget the emotions and shock of that fateful day.
I have a hard time with injustice. Some things in life just aren't fair- innocent victims killed because of hatred, children neglected and abused, babies left in trash bins to die- sometimes it really does seem like there is so much evil in the world, it's hard to see the good.
But every day we live we have an opportunity to act. Every day we can make a decision to do something proactive about the evil we see around us. We don't have to be spectators in the game of life, or worse- bury our heads in the sand and say there's nothing we can do to change things. We can act.
"Once our eyes are opened, we can't pretend we don't know what to do. God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows what we know, and holds us responsible to act." Prov. 24:12
Today I'm giving you an opportunity to act.
And in the grand scheme of things, one little act of charity might not seem like much. One random act of kindness might seem insignificant- just a futile attempt to make a difference in a world of injustices and hurts.
But for one little girl that act of kindness will mean a whole new existence. For one little girl, our response to an opportunity to act will mean the difference- literally- between life and death.
When my friends John and Sherry committed to Autumn (listed as Donna on Reece's Rainbow), she had $5 in her grant fund. There had been no large grants raised for Autumn- the Quinns committed to her knowing her grant was thousands of dollars less than many other children on Reece's Rainbow. When I talked to John to ask him how they chose Autumn, he said their family had prayed about their decision and felt strongly that God was calling them to adopt her- in spite of her almost non-existent grant fund. In the past 2 months since committing to her, they have raised over $6,000 through multiple garage sales, door-to-door donations, t-shirt and puzzle-pieces sales and a handbag giveaway . I know the Quinns, and I know their heart for adoption- the money that this adoption requires will in large part come from sacrifice on their part for the little girl they love.
If you've been a reader here on A Perfect Lily for awhile, you may have read in previous posts about my desire to help the children on Reece's Rainbow who have no voice- no family committed to them. I have felt strongly that God has wanted me to fundraise for those children in particular. Having said that, I feel compelled to ask Lily's readers to help the Quinns, first of all because I personally know them...I don't have any qualms about setting up a chip-in on my blog for people I know "in real life." And secondly, I know the hearts of so many reading here- and I do believe you would love an opportunity to help raise money for a family who started out their adoption journey with no grant fund.
If you're a new reader here, Autumn is an orphan living in Eastern Europe. She, along with so many other children on Reece's Rainbow, has been abandoned solely because she arrived in life with one chromosome too many. A diagnosis of Down syndrome at birth in many nations is as good as a death sentence. If the Quinns were not rescuing her, she would be transferred from her orphanage to a mental institution somewhere around five years of age. Many children with Down syndrome do not survive their first year in one of these institutions. Their only hope of any kind of quality of life is adoption.
I'm hosting this giveaway for the next 7 days to help the Quinns bring their little girl home- and to give you an opportunity to act. It isn't often in life we can personally be involved in the rescue of a human life. While we may be surrounded by opportunities to do a host of good things, I am hard pressed to find many that compare to the very selfless, very noble act of helping ransom a child.
And it doesn't hurt to have a little motivation.
*The Quinn family would like to thank the Katsma family for donating the iPad2 for this giveaway!
Although I know that Lily's readers would give even if there were no prizes, I am excited to help the Quinns by offering you a chance to win this handy dandy brand new iPad2, which will be awarded to one random commenter on October 12th.
Here's how it works:
Make a donation to the Quinn's chip-in on my sidebar, and leave a comment saying you did so. You do not have to say how much you donated- paypal will send the Quinns the amount you gave so that they know how many entries you are entitled to.
$10 = 1 entry
$25 = 5 entries
$50 = 20 entries
You may receive one additional entry for blogging about this giveaway and one additional entry for posting this giveaway on Facebook. (Please leave a comment saying you did so.) I will host the giveaway fort the first seven days- please leave all comments on this post to be entered to win. The Quinns will finish hosting the giveaway on their adoption blog, and I will post a link to that post next Monday. All comments on this post and the Quinn's giveaway post will be combined, and random.org will choose a winner from that combined group of names. Please leave an email address in your comment IF the name you sign in under does not link back to a webpage. A winner will be announced on Thursday, October 13th, on both the Quinns blog and Lily's.
Please don't think that ten dollars could not make a difference. I've said it before, but the wonderful things we've seen happen for orphans here on Lily's blog are not typically the huge donations that come in, but rather multiplied small donations of ten or twenty dollars. Every little bit counts!
Thank you ahead of time for your faithfulness in giving to the children on Reece's Rainbow, and thank you especially for helping the Quinns and Autumn today.
And the King shall answer and say to them, Truly I say to you, inasmuch as you have done it to one of the least of these my brothers, you have done it to me. Matthew 25:40