Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Adoption Benefit Celebration

Our silent auction and benefit dinner were held on August 13th. The Lord did amazing things through the benefit!!!

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I’ll give you a little background on how we did it. We recruited as many table hosts as possible.

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We asked that the table hosts fill their table of 8 with guests (including themselves), donate an item/service for the silent auction, donate one item on the list of needed items to pull of dinner and dessert, and arrive 3 hours early to help set up, cook, serve, etc.

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We held the benefit at our friends family farm (it has a kitchen, bathroom, etc) We had yard games spread out in the field beside the barn and a menu of grilled chicken, pasta salad, beans, corn on the cob, bread, strawberry shortcake, and brownie.

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We did not charge for tickets, we asked for donations toward our adoption fund at the end of the evening. We put stationary, with our testimony, at each place setting and we shared our story at the end of dinner.

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We were BLOWN away to raise….are you ready for it???!!!!

 

…….over $5000.00 that night!!

 

I’d say half was from the silent auction and the other half from donations in the envelopes at the table. We were overwhelmed with gratitude from those who attended and many more that could not come, but still found a way to contribute too.

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Even more than that was the undeniable LABOR.OF.LOVE that was involved. The Body of Christ at work. It’s like we invited several of our closest friends right into the delivery room with us, it’s been a hard and long labor, but they have been every right here with us….helping us breath through each and every moment. Over $33,000 standing between you and your babies can leave you pretty vulnerable like that!!!

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God is so GOOD!

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God is so faithful!!

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God is PROVIDER!!!

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God is in the business of funding what HE favors!

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God is more concerned with our calling than our comfort!! and let’s face it, asking for money…is uncomfortable, but the truth of these precious children not having a forever family is even more uncomfortable!!

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God is not going to reward those of little faith!! As we decide to take the first step or not, We shouldn’t wait to see the whole staircase! No, instead, we should take the first step trusting in His promises and truths as He guides us with EACH.NEXT.STEP.OF.FAITH.

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We praise God for the great things HE has done in and through our family!

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We celebrate the abundant blessings that continue to come our way as we follow HIS lead!

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We are humbled by the love and support from everyone at almost every turn!!

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We have never felt more smack.dab.in.the.center.of.HIS.will than NOW!!

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The generosity, the service, the love, the support, the community…it is AMAZING!

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When we interviewed with the Waiting Child committee at Holt, the one overwhelming thing we had going for us was the amazing community of family and friends that we “do life with” We could not sing their praises enough!! and this is just one more piece of evidence to that effect!!

Our cup is full! We are ready to let all that overflow onto our precious babies!!

1 comment:

Tonya said...

So happy it was a success!! Wish I lived closer so we could have attended...