Thursday, December 29, 2011

the pearl of great price

I told myself I wasn't going to ask readers to donate to anything for a loooong time- give everyone a break from fundraising for orphans for awhile, and just post photos and letters to Lily.


And then last night as I was watching the video on ABC news about Kareen and thinking about how so much has happened from last year to this...it just hit me how one little series of events led to her rescue. And how Brent and Kareen were facing the same future last year- and somehow their paths diverged...and now Kareen is living out a dream come true, while Brent is living out a nightmare. It just broke my heart.

So I wrote this post last night, and cried as I wrote it, and begged God for a way to help Brent.



And when I woke up and checked my email from my phone in bed...because I love to do that just so I can see if Michelle Z at Reece's Rainbow is sending any love my way, i.e. Artem has a family (one of the happiest days of my life!) or Robyn has a family (still waiting on that!) ...anyhoo, there was a lovely little email- make that TWO emails - from friends offering an incredible prize for a giveaway for Brent...




Does anyone remember me blogging about this fabulous online shop a few weeks ago?? It's called The Vintage Pearl, and I have to repent of lust every time I visit there. And in that post a few weeks ago I hinted rather obnoxiously to my husband that all I wanted for Christmas was this...


And guess what? Sweet guy was paying attention. Because the very first little package that fell out of my stocking on Christmas morning was a custom made mother of pearl necklace exactly like the one above, only engraved with ten initials...JC, JC, ME, TK, JS, CB, AJ, NS, JP, and LA... all of my children.




And yes, I cried.



After I got done screaming.



There's a reason I married that guy;)


SOOO, those wonderful little emails this morning were from two mamas wanting to help write a different story for Brent.  And guess what they offered??

 $100 Gift Certificate to The Vintage Pearl.


Who says Christmas is over???


And speaking of pearls....



Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.
Matthew 13:45-46

Jesus told that parable to describe what the kingdom of Heaven was like...something worth more than anything, something we should give everything we have for.

He spoke another time about what the kingdom of Heaven was like...

But Jesus said, allow little children and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 19:14

Did you catch that? His kingdom belongs to little children. The innocent, the humble, the ones who trust simply. And if I were going to sell all I had and give it to that pearl of great price, just like the man in that scripture...


I would give my gain to purchase this pearl.

Because Brent is that pearl.

He is one little boy, waiting across the ocean for someone to rescue him, he is alone and most likely frightened, and without us he has no hope.

We're trading pearls for pearls today here on A Perfect Lily.


Donate $10 or more to Brent's grant fund on Reece's Rainbow and be entered to win a $100 Gift Certificate to the Vintage Pearl. Blog about the giveaway- and blog from your heart! - and receive another chance to win. Facebook the giveaway and receive another chance to win.

And just because I love her so much, AFTER you donate to Brent, go donate on Jane's blog to Bobby, and receive a fourth chance to win. (And all Jane is asking for Bobby is ONE DOLLAR.) There is a fantastic and amazing story Jane and I have to share in the months ahead...one we're not at liberty to share yet... but when we do, you will be doing backflips like we were tonight. Okay, maybe not backflips, but definitely cartwheels. Jane on one continent, and me on another. Simultaneously and screaming at the same time. Just another God-woven story to tell, but you'll have to wait to hear it for a month or two! ;)


Update!  another prize has been added in, IF you give $1 to Bobby on Jane's blog after giving to Brent first- go HERE to see the beautiful art work Jane is offering, valued at $250! Leave a comment on Jane's blog saying you donated to both Brent and Bobby to be entered to win.


UPDATE!!! A new prize has been donated....


Kindle Keyboard 3G, Free 3G + Wi-Fi

 valued at $139 on Amazon

How awesome is that?? (Thank you, Holly, for your heart for orphans!!)

Meanwhile....



Please spread the word that Brent needs a family!

Leave a separate comment for each thing you do: donate to Brent, blog, facebook and donate to Bobby ...a winner will be drawn on Friday, January 6th and announced on Saturday, January 7th.



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

60 comments:

Jane@flightplatformliving said...

crying crying crying!!!!!!! xxxxxlove you patti.x

backflips???? may have to limber up a bit first but i'll give it a go if you will xxxxx

Mom2many said...

Hi Patti! What an amazing thing you are doing for Brent. I just know he has a family out there somewhere!

I just donated to his grant fund :)

Annie T.

Mom2many said...

Facebooked for Brent as well!

Annie T.

cathy said...

Donated, of course!!

You are AMAZING, hope & pray he is rescued

xoxo
cathy

cathy said...

Patti,

just donated to Bobby, such sad, soulful eyes...

xoxo
cathy

Ann said...

Just donated to Brent and shared on FB. Praying his family finds him.

nicole said...

Donated for Brent.

MommaofMany said...

I donated to Brent. He's such a darling.

MommaofMany said...

I also facebooked his need...again. :)

Anonymous said...

Patti,

Donated for Brent.

In Brent's current picture on RR they have him in purple. Did you know that purple ribbons and purple in general is used as a symbol of hope for those with pancreatic cancer (similar to pink for breast cancer). Maybe we can challenge everyone who has lost someone to panceratic cancer or to any type of cancer, to donate to Brent in honor of their loved one. Pancreatic cancer is called a "silent killer" and the fate of these special needs orphans is another "silent killer" that we need to talk about and wipe out.

Sorry for the long post but I am a very symbolic and sentimental person!

Sue - WI

Amy said...

We donated for Brent!

Amy & Marlow G.

SolaceMama said...

Donated to Brent

SolaceMama said...

Donated to Bobby

SolaceMama said...

facebooked Brent

The Browning Family said...

Just donated. Beautiful pearl you have up, oh and the jewelry is nice too! ;)

Yvette said...

Donated. Thanks so much for helping this sweet little guy

Yvette said...

Donated to bobby my heart breaks. We are home just a week with two unwanteds - one who sat & sat on the list. There is hope. Please I challenge others to give even 5x what has been asked for bobby - $5 could make a huge difference

cara said...

I donated to Brent! SO thankful you are being a voice for him.

cara said...

I put Brent on FB, and I will continue to!!

cara said...

Just donated to precious Bobby!

Kristin said...

Donated for Brent!
Praying for hi sweet little self!

Kristin said...

Popped over to Jane's and donated for Bobby as well.
My sister has a C.P. baby....she is darling.
Praying for both boys and a family that will be theirs.
Love, Kristin

shantjoy2 said...

Donated to Brent!

shantjoy2 said...

Blogged it @ Http:///shantijoy.wordpress.com/2011/12/31/thresholds-whats-yours/

Kathi Cavalluzzi said...

Just Donated to Brent! He is so precious!

Jennifer said...

I posted on facebook last night. :) Hoping to be able to donate - tried last night, because I have an American Express gift card that I'm not using for anything else- but it wouldn't accept it. Boo!!

Mandy said...

I donated a couple of days ago and forgot to leave a comment.

Mandy said...

I also facebooked. Isn't it strange how we use facebook as a verb? Blessings :)

Sky said...

I donated to Brent!

Julia said...

http://covenantbuilders.blogspot.com/2012/01/where-little-boys-belong.html

Jessica Rudder said...

I donated to Brent (using my other email address jadenyu at yahoo dot com).

Jessica Rudder said...

I shared about the giveaway on Facebook (Jessica Fields Rudder).

Justine said...

Gave to Brent and Facebooked. Praying for a family for sweet boy.

Chandres said...

Donated for Brent, shared on facebook, and donated for Bobby! Praying their families will find them!

Jessica Rudder said...

I also donated to Bobby! I'll keep both of these boys in my prayers.

Diana Tyree said...

I donated to Brent, Thank you for helping him.

Diana Tyree said...

I put Brents link on facebook.

Hansina said...

Donated to Brent!

Sharon C said...

Donated for Brent! You're an amazing woman for all you do in His name!!

cathy said...

donated....again!!

xoxo
cathy

Norberto and Julie said...

We gave a donation for sweet little Brent. May God bring his family soon!!!

Norberto and Julie said...

We also gave a donation for Bobby. God loves these little boys so much!!

Rachel said...

Just donated $20 to sweet Brent. He is in our prayers and we hope he finds his family soon.

Jennifer Hall said...

I donated to Brent and Bobby....praying, praying for their ransom and rescue!! Jennifer jenhall1998@sbcglobal.net

Natalie Nelson said...

I donated. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to give to someone in need.

Natalie Nelson said...

Sorry I donated to Brent.

Tiffany said...

I just donated to Brent.....hope that sweet boy finds a momma!!

Tiffany said...

I just blogged about Brent!! Come on someone, go get that sweet boy!!

Tiffany said...

I just posted on facebook about Brent!

Dana said...

Donated to Brent!

Dana said...

Donated to Bobby!

Dana said...

Posted giveaway on Facebook

Dana said...

blogged about Brent at http://allchildrenareablessing.blogspot.com/2012/01/brent.html

Nina said...

Always an honor to give to these precious children; the "prize" is not in a give away but in having the knowledge that, hopefully, we've helped to bless someone a little. Thanks for the opportunity!

Mamadala said...

Donated to Brent! Praying him home!

Janesa said...

Donated to Brent

angie said...

Donated $10

angie said...

Happily donated another $10

angie said...

And facebooked... praying that Brent's family finds him soon! My stomach turns at the thought of him in an institution. God bless you and your efforts Patti!

Sara said...

Donated to brent. Thank you, as always, for your gigantic heart and conviction to advocate. What you do matters more than you can even imagine!!