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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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