As many of you in our community know, Leah Hardwick has been working FOR YEARS to raise Celine's grant fund. As long as I have been an advocate for Reece's Rainbow, I have watched Leah tirelessly and passionately raise her voice for Celine. I don't know that I've ever seen such a long-term, prayer-filled effort as Leah's for one orphan. Thanks to her and so many others, Celine has a grant of over $10,000.
And yet still she waits.
She is seven years old.
Let that sink in- SEVEN YEARS she's been waiting for a family.
Do you see how smart this little girl is?
You know what that tells me?
She knows nobody has come for her.
She's watched as other children met their mamas and daddies for the first time, she saw the happiness and excitement of those "gotcha days", and she probably felt the rejection and confusion of those moments afterwards...when she was left behind.
And so yesterday I was thrilled to have the opportunity to help raise $10,000 for little Celine, thanks to the offer of a matching grant.
I know so many are giving to orphans. Our community does so much for so very many. So I totally "get" that people can only do so much. I totally get that.
But I went to bed feeling like a failure. Because Celine's grant grew by less than a hundred dollars yesterday. And I am praying for so much more.
I so want to see this little girl rescued. I know so many others do too. And so I started to wonder- is it that people don't have money to spare in these difficult times? I know our family has been hit hard by this economy. I know sometimes every dollar is needed just to cover our own family's needs.
Maybe there are some who don't think their small contribution will make a difference.
Maybe some do have ten dollars to spare, but they think - what's the use? What will ten dollars do in the big picture?
If that's what you've thought when you've read a giveaway post, let me break it down for you....
Lily's blog averages anywhere from 800 to 1,200 page views a day.
If just a fraction of those readers gave $10 each to Celine's grant fund...she would be fully funded today.
If every person who stopped by this blog gave just $5 to Celine's grant fund...she would be fully funded today.
That's why I'm not afraid to put a big goal out there like $5,000. This is an EASY thing to do. It doesn't take one huge donation, or even a few big donations.
It just takes each one of us playing a small part to make a big dream come true for a little girl in Eastern Europe.
I woke up this morning to a wonderful, and amazing and beautiful site-
I've lost count of how many giveaways and blogposts I've done for Brent. And so many others have done the same. So many nights I went to bed praying for Brent, wondering if he would ever be rescued....and today he has a family.
Miracles do happen.
Will you help make one happen for Celine?