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Make that $955

Posted in all about me, alternative baby shower, God's Kids with tags , , , on January 21, 2008 by len20

So more gifts have come in for the Alternative Baby Shower.  We’re very close to $1,000!  Thank you all for making this idea so successful!

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A Final Tally on the Alternative Baby Shower

Posted in all about me, alternative baby shower, God's Kids, Orphan Care with tags , , , on January 9, 2008 by len20

Baby AnnouncementI’m so happy to announce that Madelyn raised $900 for orphaned children!

To all of you who sent gifts, thank you! I’m going to leave the donation link up on my profile page for a little while longer just in case someone wants to put us over $1,000.

The Alternative Baby Shower has been a lot of fun to promote, and as you can see, Maddie is tickled pink by the results.

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Is It All About the Money?

Posted in God's Kids, Ministry with tags , , , , , on December 29, 2007 by len20

I don’t know how many email coupons I’ve received this month – somewhere in the neighborhood of 47 gazillion, I think. Half of them were from Barnes and Noble alone. This is an exhausting month to be a consumer.

It’s an equally exhausting month to be a donor. Non-profits look at December with big, hungry eyes too. I know that some ministries get up to 70% of their donations in the last quarter of the year, and a majority of that comes in December. If I’ve been sent 47 gazillion coupons in my in-box, then I know I’ve received at least 64 gazillion emails from other ministries (doing great things, by the way) telling me that now is the time to give. We’re no different.

We’ve been counting on December to be a great month for us, but this has been a tough year for the economy and non-profits like ours are feeling the effects. This USA Today article about charities struggling this year supports what I’m feeling. The bad housing market has cut into our income big time.

I think I’m struggling to balance our fundraising needs with the feeling that sometimes we’re just adding to the noise that everyone else is making about where people should put their money. It’s hard. We sit around in staff meetings looking at the commitments we’ve made in the field and ask ourselves if we’ve done everything we can to bring in donations. The answer is usually, no. We could always send out another email blast, or mail more giving catalogs, or speak in more churches, but when is it too much? When do we reach the point of turning people off because we’re beating them over the head and they’re tired of it?

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Maddie Has Raised $675 For Third World Orphans

Posted in all about me, alternative baby shower, God's Kids, Orphan Care with tags , , , on December 20, 2007 by len20

We’re at $675 for the Alternative Baby Shower. I’m pumped! Lot’s of our family and friends have contributed including Men in the Making, the small group I’m a part of that focuses on our roles as young husbands. Thanks, guys!

The shower will continue through December. I’d love to top $1,000! If you’re interested in helping us get there, check it out.

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Nearing the $500 mark with the Alternative Baby Shower

Posted in alternative baby shower, God's Kids, Orphan Care with tags , , , on December 17, 2007 by len20

More family and friends contributed to the Alternative Baby Shower this weekend and we’re close to $500. Madelyn has raised $445 to be exact. The baby shower will continue through this month, I’d love to break $1,000! If you’d like to help us get there, go to my staff page on the God’s Kids website.

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The End of Blog Silence – I’m a New Dad!

Posted in all about me, alternative baby shower with tags , , , on December 7, 2007 by len20

Last Friday morning at 10:17 AM, my daughter Madelyn came screaming into the world. It was a great moment. Since then I’ve been trying to stay caught up with work, learn how to change diapers (wipe down, not up on girls), and enjoy everything soft and cute about my little girl.

There are a lot of cliches that have become less cliche this week. I really do love the way she smells, and the noises she makes when she’s sleeping and stretching. I love how soft her cheeks are and the time is already going too fast.

As for Madelyn’s work with orphans, well, she has earned a total of $270 for kids less fortunate than her through the Alternative Baby Shower. Way to go Maddie!

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