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The Alternative Baby Shower Is On!

Posted in all about me, alternative baby shower, family, God's Kids, Orphan Care, stewardship with tags , , , , , on November 29, 2007 by len20

Ok, I got enough encouragement from friends and bloggers to make this idea happen. If you have no Idea what I’m talking about, I wrote in a recent post about an idea that Jill (my wife) and I came up with while we were walking our dog. Here’s the idea.

God’s Kids needs a big December in donations to meet the commitments we’ve made to more than 2,000 orphans across the world. Jill and I are having our first baby (anytime now), and lots of people are asking us what our baby needs. Well, the fact is that we live in the land of plenty, and our baby just doesn’t need a whole lot. So we thought, what if we held an alternative baby shower? Instead of our friends and family getting us gifts for our new baby, why don’t we ask them to give to God’s Kids to help orphaned children who know what “need” really means? Oh, and why don’t we invite the whole world to come to this baby shower to help orphans?

So we’ve done it. It’s really easy. Just follow this link to give to orphaned children in honor of Baby Leonard.

I’m really excited about this, and I hope people get into it. The shower will go through the end of the year, and I’ll post updates on this blog and at the God’s Kids site. If you like this idea, and you think that others might like it too, please feel free to invite them to the shower. We need all the help we can get.

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Alternative Baby Shower Proposal

Posted in all about me, alternative baby shower, family, God's Kids, Orphan Care, stewardship with tags , , on November 22, 2007 by len20

When you have a baby (or in our case, are about to have a baby), people get you stuff, which is a really good thing if you don’t have the stuff you need to have a baby. Our friends, family, and my wife have been incredible at getting us the stuff we need to make sure our baby doesn’t feel bad about itself when it comes out and realizes that all the other babies have already begun their collection of stuff. Craig’s List and Freecycle.org are a boon to young couples who need to get stuff on the cheap.

So after getting a pretty serious head start on gathering appropriate things for the baby to suck on, things for the baby to lie on, and things for the baby to feel fashionable wearing, I am beginning to think that we just might have the stuff we need to create a habitat in which the baby could survive until it can find a job and buy its own stuff. So, what do we do with the thousands of dollars that are left on the retail table by people who still want to get us stuff?

Well, Jill and I thought it would be fun to have an online alternative baby shower. Instead of buying us more stuff, people could give a gift to God’s Kids in honor of our new arrival. I can’t think of a better way to begin life than to come out helping other people.

At this point, I’m just batting the idea around, wondering if anyone finds this idea of value. What do you think?

Your thoughts and comments are welcome.

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Butterfly Effect – part 2

Posted in Current events, God's Kids, stewardship, Third World with tags , , , on November 9, 2007 by len20

Most ministries like ours gear up for the giving season in the last quarter of the year. This is when people are very likely to give to charitable organizations either because the holidays stir them to think of others, or because they want to finalize their tax deductions for the year. As I mentioned in the last post, I’m a little worried about this year’s giving season due to the less-than-stellar (downright crappy, really) economy.

Jeannine Aversa, a writer for the Associated Press writes, “Economists are worried that consumers, the main support for the economy, may cut back on their visits to the malls in coming months as they struggle with the housing slowdown, tighter credit and now record-high oil prices” (source).

If people are spending less at the malls, I think it’s guaranteed that they will send fewer dollars to charity.

While a lot of us are going to be tightening our belts at the department stores this year, we’ve got to remember, as HeatherN3Boys commented, that some people, “don’t have belts to tighten.”

I often think about the idea of giving sacrificially. When I took the job with God’s Kids and started asking people for money, my wife and I had to take a good look at what we did with our money. We started being much more deliberate with our tithing, and then giving to our selected ministries on top of that. And I think we now lean if not toward automatically saying yes to new worthy solicitations, than at least less toward automatically saying no. I’m dancing a fine hypocritical line here; we’re not the world’s perfect stewards by any stretch.

But then I think, are we really giving something up when we give – especially something we really want? Are we giving to others to the point of sacrificing something that we wanted for ourselves? That’s what giving sacrificially means, right? Is there a point to giving if you don’t feel it a little bit?

For those of you who’ve researched stewardship in the bible, I’d be curious to hear your thoughts on what the text tells us.

Anyway, for those of you who have ministries that you support regularly, HeatherN3Boys is right, keep giving. Give even if it hurts a little, because the people that you’re helping through those ministries are hurting every day.

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