From the field
March was an incredible month for One Child. We set out on a "vision tour" in Richmond, Kentucky and Franklin, Tennessee.
These events are a lot of work, but we had a lot of fun! In Kentucky, we had the privilege to continue forging a strategic partnership with Jeff and Holly Prosser of First Baptist. We were able to share One Child’s vision and projects with the adult discipleship class, and we also shared with about 50 elementary students--grades 1 through 5. We believe that kids can do so much to help orphans around the world, and we had a blast with them!
In Tennessee, we had about 150 people join us for the Night of Worship and Awareness at Sodium. Frank Byers and Collide led worship, while our staff was able to share and pray for the adoptive families present. One of our dear friends, Alisa Childers, also sang a song she wrote for World Vision called “Broken Crowns”. It was a moving and exciting time together! We look forward to doing more of these events as invitationscome in.
After the events, it was time for me to head to Cambodia. I was invited to attend the Relational Leadership Summit hosted by People for Care and Learning. PCL has been serving Southeast Asia for 12 years, so it was perfect timing for me to see their vision in action and be inspired even more. I was able to take away some specific direction for One Child--the importance of partnership, the need for an advisory board, the strength of building a team around us, and the need to cast vision so the practical aspect of financial support can increase.
Ultimately, partnerships are the catalyst. One Child has the vision and the people in-country to impact Ethiopian communities in tangible, permanent ways. Join with us as we strengthen our foundation not only in Africa, but as God begins to open doors for us all over the world.
We want to thank God for sending us Caitlin Dyches, who is now interning with us and is an incredible blessing!
Partnership Opportunities - Give, Go, Get!
Give: One Child has set an ambitious goal for $8500 in monthly partnerships because there are ambitious projects waiting to be done in Ethiopia and development for programs in Asia and Europe. To date, One Child’s development hasbeen without salary. We realize, however, that in order for us to continue as a ministry and family serving together, the financial support must be in place by May 1st. Every project requires planning and promotion costs, and One Child is growing at such a rate that funding is imperative. Imperative.
Will you consider becoming a monthly partner? Could you be one of 85 people to commit to $100/month? Do you have friends or co-workers who could be one of 170 people to share $50/month? We are grateful for your prayers, support and any partnership amount that God speaks to your heart. We have attached an easy way for you to give monthly via credit card or we can send monthly commitment reminders.
We are so pleased to offer the first 50 new partners the arresting new single, “Broken Crowns”, by Alisa Childers. We would like to thank World Vision for making this gift possible. Learn about sponsoring a child through their ministry at www.worldvision.org
Go: Join One Child on a trip.
The July trip to Ethiopia is going to be a perfect opportunity to see our current projects, care for children and the abandoned, and experience the vision firsthand. See your support in action while you serve. Applications are available at www.onechildcampaign.com.
Get: Get your friends on board with something as simple as shoes.
KICKS for Kombolcha - One Child has partnered with TOMS shoes--a huge win for everyone!
Join the Kicks for Kombolcha team at http://onechildcampaign.showitsite.com/#/trip-dates--events/ as they seek to take 300 pairs of shoes on the July trip. $40 will purchase one for one--one pair of shoes for a child in Kombolcha, Ethiopia and one pair for a child in another part of the world. Added bonus - enter the coupon code "KICKS," and One Child receives $5/pair of shoes.
Want a pair of TOMS or have TOMS-wearing friends? Go to www.toms.com and enter the coupon code "KICKS" at check out. One Childwill receive $5/transaction. Help us spread the word!
One Child was proud to participate in the TOMS Go Barefoot Day on April 5. It is a powerful reminder that this life is not about us, our comfort, or our seeming necessities.
Featured Project: Woliso Water Project
Update: $5,000 of the $6,000 total has been raised in donations and pledges. That's an increase of $4,300 in just one month! Let's knock this out. Our July team will be installing this water purification system by Edge Outreach.
To read more about Woliso, a community south of Addis Ababa, and the Woliso Water Project, visit Holly Prosser at http://hollybirdswords.blogspot.com.
Coming in May: Cambodia trip recapDid you know 55% of Cambodians are under the age of 24? Empowering potential for youth is vital.
Meditation: I Corinthians 9:10Surely he says this for us, doesn't he? Yes, this was written for us, because when the plowman plows and the thresher threshes, they ought to do so in the hope of sharing the harvest.
Compassion and Justice for the Orphan,
Caleb and Becca David
One Child Campaign