Henri Nouwen wrote: "fundraising is first of all, a form of ministry. It is a way of announcing your vision, and inviting other people into your vision with the resources that are available to them."
Seven years ago next month with turning and nervous stomachs, we sent out our very first fundraising letter.
Have we been able to approach fundraising with the attitude of Henri? Uh.
<Ahem> no. not always so much.
Thankfully even though at times we've been too prideful or too afraid, good folks have joined the vision and for seven years have been a major part of this crazy-town-adventure to love, serve, and learn in Haiti. We have no idea what compels friends, family, acquaintances, and strangers to help us live and work here -- it must be Christ in you - but we do know that you're loving, generous, kind, and magnificent people - and we're grateful beyond description to have you walking this road with us.
It matters and we're touched.
In a month where
- Ed'H (an ambiguous and somewhat intimidating utility provider) bills us an insanely huge amount
- the rent goes up again and we need to pay most of the year all at once
- the old vehicles act like old vehicles - and require repairs weekly
- the children need curriculum and school basics
- the trucks (the ones in the shop) need required by law "insurance" stickers (insurance is a loosely defined word)
- the tropical storm knocks out power meaning much more diesel burned
We know sacrifices are made in order for you to send a check to Heartline marked "Livesay Family". We don't underestimate or discount the tangible ways you literally make this possible for us.
Thank you for being with us on this joy and sorrow-filled, beautiful and chaotic journey of learning and love. Please continue walking with us - because we.need.you.
Thought provoking excerpt (that resonates) from THIS full article... by DL Mayfield