Tuesday, March 26, 2013

5 Weeks of Miracles - $25 Amazon Gift Certificate Giveaway!


I've decided to call this time frame for our matching grant "5 Weeks of Miracles."  We have from yesterday until April 30 to make the most of this amazing matching grant for our adoption.  It is feasible that we could be fully funded by then if we can raise $14,000 by the end of April.  I can't even fathom that, but I know that with God all things are possible.

Let me make it clear - I am NOT expecting this to happen.  Any amounts donated towards our adoption this month is worth double it's value, so I will be thankful for each and every penny donated!  I will NOT be disappointed if we do not reach the $14,000 magical number.  I just wanted everyone to know that right now.

So, to kick off our "5 Weeks of Miracles" Campaign I am going to do an 11 day give away for a $25 Amazon Gift Certificate (donated by a sweet FB friend!).  Eleven days because that is when we will be having our "Ransom Priscilla Spaghetti Feed/Date Night" here in Bellingham.  I really want to get word out about this, and try to procure more donations for the silent auction we will be holding that night.  I know this is only local, but donations can come from anywhere, especially if the business is online and accessible to anyone.

Katie, 16 months ago, 9 years old, 11 pounds
I am doing this in hopes of reaching a new audience.  People who have not heard about our adoption yet.  Since we have received nearly 300 page views of our short blog post yesterday about "I am barefooted", I know that our reach is growing.  Please take a minute and see how you can earn entries for the giveaway and help grow our audience.

This isn't just about Priscilla and our family though - it's about the plight of orphans around the world.  Priscilla is on of millions who have never known the love of a family and who are being damaged in their environments.  Yes, not all orphanages are bad, but none of them are a forever family.

Katie at her birthday party this week
She turned 11 years old!
1 year after adoption, she weighed in
at 33 1./2 pounds
(that was back in November)
I have followed Katie's mother's blog since way before they adopted Katie.  But her post yesterday brought the reality of the transformation that has occurred in Katie's life because a family was willing to do anything and everything to pay the ransom and go rescue her.  Katie was living in a notorious orphanage in the same country that Priscilla lives in. Her orphanage is definitely worse than Priscilla's, but I really have no  idea as I have yet to find any adoptive parents who have adopted from Priscilla's orphanage.

There are still children in that place, that awful place.  The Mussners (Katie's family) are working to adopt a little boy, Tommy, from that orphanage right now!  Tommy turned 16 years old this week, but is the size of a toddler.


Susanna blogged of her experiences in this orphanage when she went to meet Tommy recently. Please take a  moment to read what she shared in her blog post, Precious In His Sight.

So. without further ado  here's the give away.  Please take a moment and help spread the word!

a Rafflecopter giveaway