Monday, December 5, 2011

A Joyful Gift

We had our first snow today.  And I sat outside with my daughter, watching her experience for the first time the way snowflakes feel when they catch on your eyelashes.  The snow took me back to the last time I felt the crunch of winter's whiteness under my feet... 

I was walking to one of my last days of work at New Day Foster Home, a few days before we were to move back to the USA.  Nearly four years had passed since we had moved to a little village outside of Beijing, and our lives had changed so much in China.  We came a family of two, and we were leaving a family of three - four if you counted the dog!  (Which I do.)  And in those four years, we saw so much pain and brokenness... sick babies, abandoned little ones, broken hearts.  But what stands out the most is the LIFE... children coming into the foster home who were barely surviving, leaving a few short months later with their adoptive families, so full of life!

Scarlet Threads was birthed in this same village... the same village where we loved on those little orphans and prayed them back to health.  The same village where we learned that so many families are fractured and splintered because of simple economics.  There is no money, so mama must move to another place to find work.  There is no money for a baby's life-saving surgery, so the tiny one is left in a hospital's back hallway with the hope that someone can give what they cannot.  Scarlet Threads was born out of a desire to provide economic development opportunities for women so that they could preserve their families and protect their children.

But there are still orphans.  And thankfully, there are organizations like NDFH providing hope and a future for them.  This Christmas season, Scarlet Threads is partnering with NDFH and some generous donors to sponsor a matching-fund drive.  Two anonymous donor families have each offered $2,500 to be matched.  That means if we're able to raise $5,000 in the next month, NDFH will receive $10,000.  Ten thousand dollars goes a long ways in that little Chinese village... it can provide a heart surgery!

So here's what we're doing.  We want to raise $5,000 in the next month.  If we reach the goal, it will be matched to $10,000.  You can make a contribution using the ChipIn box at the top right of this blog.  All funds go directly to NDFH, which is a 501c3 non-profit, so your contribution is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

And to make it a little sweeter, for every $25 contribution you make, you will receive a coupon worth $10 off in the Scarlet Threads shop.  If you would like to be issued a coupon, please e-mail with your name, email address, and the amount you contributed.  We will not be sending all donors a coupon - only those who request one - so be sure to let us know if it is something you want to receive!

It is a busy time of year - with many things pulling for our resources and our attention.  But when we spend a morning playing in the snow with our little ones, remembering just how richly we have been blessed, we will find that giving life and hope and love to others is really the most joyful gift of all.

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