Since my Birthday is in October, I decided I wanted to celebrate by donating 40% of all my October Art Sales Profits to my two favorite non-profits, Go Near Ministry and RAP Ministries.
James 1:27 says that "religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress..." Last summer, as I read this blog post about the Widows Project from Go Near Ministry to my girls, I wept. I read it again to my husband, and wept. I weep now as I write. This is God's heart. These women and their babies. I'm sure I cry partially out of guilt; guilt that I cannot go; and guilt that we spend on one family meal what could provide for their family for one month. But I also weep out awe of God's provision for those who step out in faith. From the money and materials, down to the people, he orchestrates such a perfect plan for those who trust Him. I am so blessed to know people that are brave enough to answer God's call to help widows in distress by serving in the slums of Kenya. It is amazing to read about what God is doing there, and I want to be a part in some small way.
I discovered Kidz RAP four years ago when I home schooled my girls. Since we had more time, one of my goals was to teach them about having a servant's heart, by actually serving. But once I started looking for places for three children under the age of 10 to serve, I came up empty handed. Then someone told me about Kidz "Reaching All People". This is a wonderful ministry that provides everything needed to get families serving those in need. Over the years, we have served in so many meaningful ways, many times stepping way out of our own comfort zone. Through Kidz RAP, I have seen my children experience the true joy in serving others, and grow a heart for the homeless, lonely, poor, sick, and the lost.
So, as my birthday approaches, please help me give. It's another way I know I can help be a small part of the wonderful things God is doing. And if you don't want to buy my art, that's fine too-just give individually to one of these great ministries.
Currently, you can find my art at Scallion's Restaurant in the Heights and Message Envy at Midtowne Shopping Center. I have a new floral collage collection at Scallions so go check it out. I have price points from $22 to $500, so do some Christmas shopping now and help support a good cause! I also have available pieces shown on my facebook page that are available for viewing by a personal appointment.
Please share this with your friends! I'm hoping by the end of October I have a lot to donate!