Helping a Widow…Helping an Orphan
Dear Friends and Family,
As you all know a, we've been going through the process of adopting our little girl, Michal from China. We started the adoption process in March, we should be matched any day now and we hope to be allowed to travel to pick up our daughter in May or June.
Right now, ‘getting her’ is the hard part because it’s expensive. However, we are confident God will continue to provide a wayfor us to complete this adoption. We have been very successful so far, we have raise $17,000 of the $30,000 total we need. Now a very interesting fundraising idea has reinforced God’s promise to provide for this adoption!
If you can use a tool, clean a window, paint a wall, stuff envelopes, make phone calls, arrange food, or simply pray… then we need you! With your help, we have a chance, not only to raise the funds necessary to bring our daughter home, but to also serve a widow, just like it talks about in James 1:27. Here’s how it works:
Matthew and I have decided to help Bessie Maddox. She is Bethany’s maternal Grandmother (mother of Dixie Barnes). So now we are working to assemble a team of our friends to complete this Both Hands Project. Next the team (including us) would send out letters to family and friends asking people to sponsor us for the day, as we work on this widow’s house. All the funds raised go toward our adoption. It’s just like asking someone to sponsor you for a 5K Run for the Cure.
This idea has been done over 295 times around the country already! Attached is a link to a video that might help give you a good idea of what the Both Hands Project is all about.
Here is my request. Would you consider being on our team? You may be jumping up and down like I was and saying “pick me, pick me” or you might have several questions. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. You can reach me at(912) 844-4583, Matthew at (912) 844-4566 or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Thanks for considering it.
Matthew & Bethany Manning
One for the Widow – One for the Orphan
We are completing a Both Hands project at the home of Bessie Maddox this coming Feb. 22nd. Bessie is a widow, and she is Bethany's maternal grandma (mother of Dixie Barnes). My grandpa died of Parkinson's disease 6 years ago and now her home is in need of many repairs.
The letters are critical to making sure both the widow AND the orphan are blessed through the project. The widow gets the work done, te letters are what brings the money for te adoption.Both Hands is a wonderful orgnaization that's mission is to help both widows and orphans at the same time. Please read the attached letter and go to their website to learn more!The reason we are contacting you is because we need your help!The way the project works is, we need 20 Core Team Members. People that are Core Team Members will attend an envelope stuffing party held on Feb 1st in the fellowship hall at the Sycamore Church on 52nd St. At 5:00 pm. We will provide pizza for dinner!! At the envelope stuffing party we will supply everything you need!Envelopes, letters asking people to sponsor that person for a day of work on the widows home, and postage. We need each Core Member to address and mail 50letters each. We need them to pull out their Christmas card list, graduation invitation lists, wedding invitation list, or any way they can complie a list of 50+ addresses. What we did to get our addresses is go on Facebook and message everyone and ask them for their address! Each person is asking their friends to sponsor them for a days work on a widows home (just like people ask others to sponsor them to be in a 5K).
If you absolutely can't mailing letters you can still come on the day of the project, which is Saturday, Feb. 22nd and work, provide/help with food or help with child care.
Other needs we have are people to supply food for the volunteers on the day of the event, people to donate building materials, and we would love to have anyone who is skilled in construction and home repair. Unskilled workers are welcome too!To summarize, Ways to help:1. Be a core member: attend two meetings, complie a list of 100 addresses of your friends and family and mail letters requesting they sposor you to work on a widows home (we will supply letters, envelopes, and postage). Then show up and work on Feb. 22nd.2. Donate building materials.3. Supply food for the workers on the day of the event.4. Work on the day of the project. If you are skilled in construction or home repair we would greatly appreciate your help, but unskilled labors are welcome too!So, grandma Bessie gets her home repaired, we get money to complete our adoption, God gets the glory, and our daughter Michal (Me-call) gets to come to her forever home!