Kevin and I have mentioned the Both Hands Project briefly, but I want to clarify exactly what it is in its own post. (Also check out that hyperlink). Some of you might recall our matching grant opportunity from Lifesong for Orphans. Along with that $1500 matching grant, we were also allowed to do a Both Hands project. This type of project brings James 1:27 to life. “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress…” (NIV). What we will be doing is using both of our hands-one to serve a widow, and the other to bring J home. I cannot believe how close we are.
We met Mary a few weeks ago. She is a delightful woman! She is pictured below. Mary and her late husband, Bob, lived a lifetime of ministry related service, pastoring churches and parachurch organizations. Bob and Mary had 4 children, which have now produced 11 grandchildren. Interestingly, Bob and Mary also adopted one of their four! We thought that was incredibly special. Mary has a heart for adoption and I love how this story intertwines with our own. Unfortunately, Bob passed away in 2007, after a quick, rapidly accelerating cancer diagnosis (hey cancer, you’re awful). Mary has continued to be a pillar in her family. In her 70’s, Mary provides regular childcare to her grandchildren-she watches 3 of them, 3 days a week-including one that’s still in diapers! I’m impressed 🙂
Just before Bob’s diagnosis, he had several projects that he wanted to work on in their home. Unfortunately, due to the progression of Bob’s cancer and the haste in which he passed, these were never completed. Mary had Kevin, the boys, and I over for dinner and we were able to assess some of the projects that Mary needed to have done. God bless my husband and his eye for projects. He was quickly able to see the things that were necessary for Mary to continue to provide regular childcare for her grandkids and to live in her home safely for years to come. We have a list of projects that we would like to complete for Mary on Saturday, August 23rd. Kevin is working with local home supply stores (Menards, Lowes) to get all of our materials donated. We are also working to assemble our core team (we need 15, but could have more) for that day. We already have a few, solid people committed to serving with us. The project will last all day. All meals and drinks will be provided for the team.
What does it mean to be a member of the core team? It means that you are committed to serving with us that day! It also means that you will try to find sponsorship for your participation that day. Think of it as a Relay for Life model. People will sponsor you for your service that day; a fundraising letter will be sent out that you do not have to create. Kevin and I, along with Both Hands, have created that letter. Additionally, we will also cover the postage costs if needed. The money that is raised never goes directly to Kevin or I. It goes to Both Hands in the form of an adoption grant. All donations are tax deductible, as Both Hands is a 501 C 3 NPO. We are hopeful that this will be the last major fundraiser. 🙂
Both Hands has created a Facebook event page for our project. Click the link to like our page.