As I read the 2011 spring newsletter from Sacred Portion, I can’t help but get caught up in all the emotions of my Philippines trip. The newsletter includes a section devoted to our work team sharing what we did over at Rehoboth. There is a good description of the different tasks that the 14 of us took on surrounded by pictures. Another page is one full of pictures alone, and then there is Brent’s blog post titled Day Eight, which he wrote on the plane back to Seattle. As I have not gone back to read any of these posts, I took the time Saturday morning to read over this section of the newsletter. I couldn’t help but get teary eyed as I read. The emotions of having to leave came back as well as the feelings that I have for the children. It has only been about a month and a half since we’ve been back, but it feels as it was forever ago. What amazing memories and realizations that this trip has given me.
In the last couple days, I have had Rehoboth on my heart even more than normal. I have an earning to continue to help them by raising money for the new baby home that will start construction shortly after the medical clinic is done. (After funds are raised of course.) With that said, I am continually trying to brainstorm ideas of fundraisers that my team and I could do in order to help with this. I am sometimes at a loss for what to do because so many people keep telling me of all the other things that they need to put there money into. Sometimes it is other nonprofit’s events. Yet I just want to help Rehoboth. That is where my heart is. I don’t think it is too much to ask for people to make a one time donation that has the chance of being doubled. What a long ways that money could go. I am excited for the opportunities that will arise in raising money for the baby home!
The other thing on my mind is the money that Rehoboth needs in order to operate its daily tasks. Last year they came up short as it is not cheap to take care of 30 children each month, not to mention the ones that leave and the new children that come in. They are constantly having expenses and new expenses are accruing daily. This year they have a bigger need as they will have even more known expenses. My heart yearns to help, yet where would I personally get the money? That is why I am so glad that Brent and I are able to sponsor a child. Maybe once our finances settle down, we can pick up another child or devote more to the one we are currently sponsoring. This would be a great way for others to help support Rehoboth and take off some of the financial burden. It is only $25 a month. Please let me know if you are interested and I would love to give you more information.
Rehoboth has a special place in my heart, and they always will. I am excited that my work with them is not finished even though I am back home. Please be praying for opportunities to arise to help support them. Keep them and us in your prayers. God Bless.