Tuesday, December 14, 2010





Above are pictures of my aunt's sponsor child Dege and our sponsor child Meseret. These are their original sponsorship photos. Last month, Karen the sponsorship coordinator and her team had the opportunity to meet them and all of the other kids at Trees of Glory and deliver care packages to them. After just a few months of receiving prayer, consistent meals, going to school and receiving letters and pictures from their sponsor families, the transformation is amazing. This is the hope that sponsorship brings.

Now that all the kids at Trees of Glory are sponsored, we need to work hard to improve their living conditions and meet some immediate needs. One such need is to protect the property that Trees of Glory is in danger of losing.

The "CHRISTMAS TREES OF GLORY" fundraiser is helping to provide supplies to build a barn that will house the cows necessary to graze the land at TOG. If the land is not in immediate use, the Ethiopian government will confiscate it and give it to someone else. This land is vital and it would be devastating for them to lose it.

So far, $1685 has been donated to the Trees of Glory livestock fund! Thanks to all of you who have donated-you are truly making the world of difference for these kids.

While we will continue to advocate for the funds necessary to complete this project, the Christmas Trees of Glory fundraiser will end on December 18th (that will allow us enough time to deliver any cards that are ordered by Christmas).

So, if you've got a couple of last minute gifts you still need to find or just feel led to donate to a worthy cause this Christmas season, know that your donation is helping to provide hope to kids like Dege and Meseret and nearly 100 other kids at Trees of Glory.



To make a donation for the Livestock Fund:

Make a donation at http://www.hopechest.org/ (go to the site, click on the orange GIVE button on the far right side at the top of the home page)

Under "Gift Information," click on "choose a fund" and select "designated gifts"

Then write in your gift amount (if you're giving gift cards to more than one person, just add up the total amount to be given and write it in the blank, then when you email me, just clarify the number of total gift cards needed-that will save you from having to make multiple donations)

Then (this is the important part) under the "notes field" be sure to add in the Trees of Glory Livestock Fund code which is "ET2119000 LIVESTOCK."

Finally, add in your info and follow the prompts to complete your donation.

Once you complete your donation, send me an email at jirvin79@gmail.com with your donation amount, your mailing address and the number of gift cards that you need and we'll send it out to you within the next few days. So that we are able to get the cards to you before Christmas, please make all donations prior to December 18th. If we have not met our goal by then, we will continue fundraising through other avenues, but the gift cards will no longer be sent.

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