BENEFITING: RESTORE INTERNATIONAL
EVENT DATE: Oct 05, 2013
Dear Loved Ones,
Last year, in the midst of my own personal losses, I was given the book, Love Does, as a reminder of the power love has to make a difference not only in our lives but the lives of those we shower it upon. This collection of whimsical & entertaining stories of love between couples, friends and strangers all had a powerful overlapping theme...they reflected God's love for each of us. Which is to be acted out, not merely spoken.
“But the kind of love that God created and demonstrated is a costly one because it involves sacrifice and presence. It's a love that operates more like a sign language than being spoken outright...love is never stationary."- Love Does
The author of this book is Bob Goff, a lawyer with an appetite for adventure and GRAND displays of LOVE he likes to call...capers. :) My favorite fact about him is that his office is at Tom Sawyer Island in Disney...no, this is not a joke! In 2004, he started an organization called Restore International after eye opening trips to India and Africa where he witnessed injustices of the worst kind--from forced prostitution upon children to slave-labor camps. It was hard for me to accept that such suffering could be happening in the world I share, especially to God's children.
“Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. – Matthew 18: 2-6
With help from passionate volunteers and fundraisers like this one, Restore International was able to build two (soon to be three!) schools for these children to live, be educated, and be rehabilitated physically and spiritually. You can read more about the investigations, trials, counseling and behind the scenes work of Bob and his team here.
I humbly ask for your partnership, whether by financial donation or by prayer, as I embark on a trip with Restore International to Uganda this October to share the gospel of God’s LOVE with the students, shower my own LOVE upon them and most importantly, help build the school they LOVE and call home. Expanding this academy will allow for more youth to be sheltered from horrific injustices, putting them on the path of hope and giving them the tools to become leaders dedicated to restoring peace in their country. I’ve never built anything with my own two hands but I just need a hammer, some nails and a lot of love, right? Maybe they should stick me on the painting crew…. :)
Funds donated to Restore International are allocated directly to the programs of the school and for benefit of the students. They are not used for staffing, fundraising, office space or overhead of any kind. You can have 100% confidence that your contribution is making a difference in shaping the life of these students through scholarships for continued education, school materials, medicine, meals, shelter and more!
We can read about great adventures and acts of LOVE or we can ACT. And by you supporting this organization and me…you act too and I am forever grateful! As Bob says…
“Simply put, LOVE DOES…”