The Epiphanie Bag winner is:
I wanted to highlight a couple more of the organizations I am featuring on my sidebar this month. It is so exciting to me to see the tangible and easy ways individuals are joining together to solve global problems. There are things that drive me crazy about technology, but there are amazing things about it too. Changing the world is at our fingertips. We watch world events in live time instead of reading it in the news the next day, week or month. I don’t have to read about other people making an impact…I can join in…I can make a difference. SO EXCITING!
Compassion International: Child Sponsorship….with Compassion you can select children randomly, but also by birth date, gender, etc. Our sponsored son has the same birthday as our oldest child, which makes celebrating both boys birthdays extra special. We get to write letters back and forth to Karwanga and we get photo updates. Karwanga has five brothers and sisters. One of his daily chores is to walk to get water for his family. Perspective. Sponsoring a child through Compassion has been a tremendous gift for my family.
The James Initiative: Rebuild. Sustain. Restore. Working in Ethiopia, the James Initiative believes there is HOPE for the orphan crisis and they are working towards solutions. From promoting local adoptions to building community centers and selling ethiopian coffee – they are working to help Ethiopia and care for the fatherless there. Click here to see a video that describes it much better than I do. I came across the James Initiative on facebook of all places. I was looking at a college friend’s wall and saw she had just gotten back from Ethiopia. Crazy to think my friend from freshman english…the one I met through my Arkansas friend Courtney…is now changing lives for so many in Ethiopia. Awesome.
Samaritan’s Purse: They are probably best known this time of the year for the Operation Christmas shoebox gifts that deliver to thousands of children worldwide. Our family loves ‘shopping’ in their annual Christmas catalog. Who knew you could buy a family a goat…or chickens…or provide life saving care for infants. Makes my heart beam. They are also heavily involved in national and international relief work.
Show Hope: Started by Steven Curtis & Mary Beth Chapman…Show Hope is “dedicated to mobilizing individuals and communities to care for orphans and reducing the financial barriers to adoption” (quote from the Show Hope website). Show Hope also has a 6-story building in China “Maria’s Big House of Hope” that cares for special needs orphans. Our family is in the process of adopting a little one that would be consider “SN” or “Special Needs” in China…for obvious reasons, this organization is special to us.
The Sparrow Fund: For families considering adoption there can seemingly be many barriers, The Sparrow Fund is committed to supporting and encouraging those beginning an adoption. Through training and grants for medical reviews, The Sparrow Fund works towards seeing ONE MORE child with a forever family and ONE LESS orphan in the world.