CONSTRUCTION CHRISTMAS: LETS BUILD A SCHOOL

CONSTRUCTION CHRISTMAS: LETS BUILD A SCHOOL

Can we raise …. $30,000 in 30 Days? Heck ya we can!

 
We are on our way folks. IT IS CRAZY how many of you have said you wanted to give to this cause. It is crazy how many of you have already donated. I KNOW WE CAN DO THIS!!
 
But I wanted to tell you EXACTLY why I think this is the best Christmas Challenge/Fundraiser to date. I want to tell you how I KNOW GOD IS IN THIS CHALLENGE! Its a long read, but worth it…
 
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I recently meet a young man named Chase Ward. It has been on my heart to reach out to the orphans in Africa and mutual friends have mentioned his name…for years. I have avoided reaching out to be honest…because he was just a pup. I figured I would join along with some big organization and go that direction. But after having three people in one week ask me if I knew him…I called him. I get it GOD…I’ll call.
 
We grabbed coffee a few weeks ago and as I sat there…it was clear this guy was the real deal. He was filled with the holy spirit. HE LOVES THESE KIDS. HE KNOWS THEIR NAMES. And his faith in GOD was overwhelming.
 
We chatted about their school sponsorship program and how it is growing. He told me they typically take in 35 new kids a year to go to their school. This year they had a chance for kids to show up and be “interviewed” to come to the school.
 
107 KIDS SHOWED UP! Well that sounds amazing. It also is hard reality that several kids are just running the streets and not going to school. Can you imagine.
 
The tears started to follow down his face as he told me, “We can only take 35 kids cause we don’t have room for all 107.”
 
I asked him “How will you pick?”
I mean honestly…how do you decide who gets to be blessed with an education and who does not. Who gets to be “Chosen?”
 
So he said, well…I have to pick unless I build this new school. This is where I love how God works. I asked about the new school and tons of questions. It reminded me so much of the setting in Haiti. With a little hesitation he showed me the plan. I could see all over him he was not asking me for the funds, but he was feeling a bit overwhelmed.
 
Chase said
“I met with an architect and he said that we could build this simple school…but the funds are not there.”
I said…”how much?”
He said “We need a lot, Gretchen”
I said… “Whats a lot?”
He said “$30,000!”
 
I instantly knew. I knew that God had planned this coffee date. I knew that I needed to throw this challenge out to you guys. The plan looked so similar to the plan of the school we started in Haiti..it was like was just saying “YOU KNOW WE CAN DO THIS!!!”
 
I honestly have been beyond blessing with love and support of people for years. Spiritual support. Financial support and when this young man that I avoided said I need $30,000 to get this done. Shivers came over me…Cause I truly think GOD can do this.
 
Chase never once asked for a dollar. He never once asked for me to throw a CONSTRUCTION CHRISTMAS Challenge. But he did ask if I wanted to go with him.
 
So here is the dream:
We secretly raise $30,000 in 30 days by December 15th.
He and I are leaving December 17th to go spend Christmas in AFRICA!
And I would love to bless his socks off with a surprise that for Christmas he get to tell those 107 KIDS that GOD PROVIDED and they can go to SCHOOL!
 
So yes…it is a long shot. It is a long post…BUT I KNOW WE CAN DO IT!!! Below is a video of the current school and some of the kids.
 
Take two minutes and watch it. It will change your world. Lets be a blessing this CHRISTMAS!
 
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Gretchen Shafer