Wednesday, February 9, 2011

In Haiti. In India. In His name.

Last night at Breakaway, Ben Stuart called our hearts and attention to two ministries:

As Our Own and Restavek Freedom Foundation.
(**you can also find more about As Our Own on their Facebook page**)

If you're unfamiliar with one or both of these great organizations, here's a little background.

As Our Own is an organization whose heart is to rescue girls who are born into the sex trade in the red light districts of India. The founder of As Our Own, Ralph Borde, along with his team, have followed the Lord's call to rescue these girls and raise them as their own, giving them an education, leading them to the Lord, protecting them....loving them.

For just $3,300 a girl can be rescued from a life of prostitution. For just $3,300 she can be free for life.

Our goal through Breakaway is to raise enough to offer freedom and a life of joy to five girls.

Restavek Freedom Foundation is committed to freeing as many of the close to 300,000 children enslaved in child labor in Haiti as possible.

Restavek: {noun}
a child who stays with a person other than a biological parent; a domestic servant or slave; a border who is mistreated; a poor child from the country

In the aftermath of the tragedy in Haiti, many families, overwhelmed by poverty and the impossible need to provide for their children, have had to give their children away...either to other family members or other people in their communities. Unfortunately, this has led to an exorbitant number of children being used as slaves in Haiti. Restavek Freedom Foundation has committed to finding these children and fighting for their freedom and a chance at a better life. One of the biggest ways they can achieve this is by insuring that the children are able to attend schools...most of which are owned and operated by pastors and churches. These children are offered freedom from slavery...and introduced to true freedom from the captivity of the Enemy.

For just $360, one of these children can be freed

Our goal through Breakaway is to raise enough for 30 of these children to be free.


That's a collective goal of $27,300. 
For 35 children to be free.
For 35 children to be loved.
For 35 children to encounter the Lord.

We have about one month to raise these funds. 
According to my site meter, there's around 700 of you on this blog in a month....and I'm thinking that together we can put at least a little dent in that $27,300. 

I'm not asking you to leave a comment. Heaven forbid. ;) If I've ever asked you to come out of blurking and make your presence on this blog known, I am begging you now. 
I'm not asking this for me. I'm asking for them
And I'm asking for you. 

At the end of this, at least 35 precious littles are going to be free, and you can be a part of that. 
I know so many people who want to help...want to serve, want to give of themselves, but they just don't know where to do it. I'm wondering...if maybe you're one of those people. And if you are, this is the perfect place. Every cent that is sent in is going straight to rescuing these children, to offering them freedom, hope, and Life

If there's anything I've learned, it's that God doesn't need me. He doesn't need my money, He doesn't need my talents. He does not need me. But. He wants me. He wants me to be a part of the work He is doing. And He wants you

$200. $20. $2. It doesn't matter. The widow's mite was offering enough.
Pray about this. Pray for these children.
If the Lord is speaking to you to give towards our goal, there's an easy and convenient paypal donation button at the top, right-hand corner of this page.  

I truly believe we can do some damage on this goal. 
I dare you to show me--show YOU--how much you can really do! 


Regan said...

These are two great causes, thanks for bringing attention to them Hannah.

Michael said...

Wow, thanks for posting this Hannah! I know that God will use it :)

Laurie said...

I will cheerfully work to help these children. I've always wanted to go to India on mission work. Maybe this will be the avenue. Meantime I'll send a check. Do I sent it to you? To Whom is the check made out?Laurie

Anonymous said...

thanks Aunt Laurie! I'll email you details!