Thursday, January 24, 2013

One Day-One Lunch

 In eighth grade, my life was completely changed when I went to Ethiopia to adopt my sister Havyn. Before that, I knew poverty existed. I had heard about it and seen pictures, I even had four adopted siblings, but once I saw these precious children first hand, I could no longer pretend that poverty didn't exist. As I held their small hungry bodies in my arms and whispered in their ear that Jesus loves them, I knew that there was no way I could leave that place unchanged. I couldn't just go home and forget about them, so I prayed a really dangerous prayer that day in Ethiopia, I prayed that God would use me and that He would break my heart.

 He did just that.


I left there with a piece of my heart missing and I could not get those children off my mind. One of my favorite verses comes from Proverbs 24:12. It tells is, "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 hold us responsible to act."  Now that I knew, I could no longer just go on living like I used to. I had to do something about what I had seen.


As as 14 year old, I didn't think I had much to give, but I've learned that God doesn't care about how much you have, instead He cares about your heart. I may not have had much, but I was willing to give  up the little that I did have for His glory, and He used that and multiplied it.

“Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”- John 6:9

Most of you know the story of how Jesus fed the 5,000. A young boy had some food that he was willing to share. Although it wasn't much, God blessed it and used it to feed so many more people that it was originally planned for. That's what God did with me. As I started my freshman year of high school, I began eating a simple bowl of cheap soup like I had seen the kids in Ethiopia eat. I would pray for the children as I ate it, and I would donate that $2.00 that I would have had to pay for lunch at school. Like the boy in the story, people were doubtful. They would make fun of me as I stood by the microwave every day heating up my small bowl of soup, but there were also those that were interested. They would ask questions, giving me the opportunity to tell them about what the Lord was doing in my life, and some of them even agreed to join me. 


As I realized that there were other people who were willing to help, I couldn't help but think how cool it would be if we could get people from all over the world to join us for just one day, for just one lunch. So, we began spreading the word through blogs, Facebook and newspapers, and we couldn't believe the response. On February 3rd, my 100th day of eating soup, we raised over $6,000 dollars, because a bunch of people were willing to give up their lunch to make a difference. 

Three years later, God continues to answer the prayer I prayed in Ethiopia. He has continued to break me and use me. My family now serves as missionaries in Guatemala at Village of Hope. Daily God continues show me the need and allow me the opportunity to do what I can do with the little I have. So I ask, will you join me in making a difference in the lives of the Guatemalans this February 3rd?

 

To donate online go to:
https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_flow&SESSION=pCC-Mfc0LGpmxtXev-5IfnWpkLW5ZruBn8UY-locnmRy0mHP06xi_AlsHQe&dispatch=5885d80a13c0db1f8e263663d3faee8d0b7e678a25d883d0fa72c947f193f8fd
*indicate for Village of Hope- One Day/One Lunch


Mail checks to:
Lifesong for Orphans
PO Box 40
Gridley, IL 61744
*Indicate for VOH One Day/One Lunch


7 comments:

  1. I think you are an amazing young lady. I wish more, myself included had your heart, empathy, ingenuity and compassion. I hope I can persuade friend and family to give up their lunch. God Bless you and your family.

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  2. Yes, I will join you & ask others to do the same!

    Addisyn, when I saw your request I thought this was a pretty simple thing you were asking us to do. I also assumed that my friends & family would easily want to be a part. THEN, I looked at the calendar & saw that February 3 is on a SUNDAY!! Most of our friends go out for lunch every single Sunday. Not so simple anymore! This will definitely be a challenge! Not only will it require a significant change of plans, but if done honestly, it will require more money because it's a restaurant day instead of pB&j sandwiches at home. Wow!! I love it!! Thanks for the opportunity to join you in this. Please pray that the hearts here will be soft & ready to GIVE!

    You & your family & your VOH co-laborers are constantly on my mind & in my prayers!! Keep on keepin' on, sister!

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  3. Yes, I will join you & ask others to do the same!

    Addisyn, when I saw your request I thought this was a pretty simple thing you were asking us to do. I also assumed that my friends & family would easily want to be a part. THEN, I looked at the calendar & saw that February 3 is on a SUNDAY!! Most of our friends go out for lunch every single Sunday. Not so simple anymore! This will definitely be a challenge! Not only will it require a significant change of plans, but if done honestly, it will require more money because it's a restaurant day instead of pB&j sandwiches at home. Wow!! I love it!! Thanks for the opportunity to join you in this. Please pray that the hearts here will be soft & ready to GIVE!

    You & your family & your VOH co-laborers are constantly on my mind & in my prayers!! Keep on keepin' on, sister!

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  4. Just stumbled upon this. Got an invite from Brittney Fulp. Not sure if you know her or not. But I must say, I am inspired by your willingness to serve Christ andyour Love for the Lord! Keep seeking him! It is evident that He has a special blessing on your life! Praise God!

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  5. Just stumbled upon this. Got the invite from Brittney Fulp. Not sure if you know her or not. But I must say, I am inspired by your willingness to serve Christ. It is evident that you Love the Lord. Keep seeking him! It is obvious that he has a special blessing on your life!

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  6. Was it difficult for you when you started this.-brianna 10 years old
    And how long were you there?








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  7. Was it difficult for you when you started this.-brianna 10 years old
    And how long were you there?








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