I love when God takes your little dream and breathes on it, making it something far more than you ever visualized! Tomorrow is this huge, awesome kids' event at Hovander Park put on by Child Evangelism Fellowship, and sponsored by a number of churches and Christian ministries in the county. Last year there were over 2,000 kids... this year over 3,000 are expected~~!!! I work at Family Christian, and our store donated a bunch of items for prizes for kids... dvd's and books. But the part that I am most excited about is that we will be having a World Vision table there for child sponsorship! I'm so thrilled for this wonderful opportunity to present our kids who need sponsors to the community... we even ordered a bunch of extra packets, and are taking all the packets from our store and the Bellingham store (except 2 each) because we're dreaming big!
This delightful coloring page of Jesus playing tag is my favorite one showing Jesus with children, and is one that I colored for Samaika, one of my own sponsored children. I wanted to provide copies for kids at this special event to color to send to their sponsored child, no matter which organization they sponsor with. So I had the idea to ask several local business owners if they would be willing to donate printing for some copies. Went first to Ace Hardware just a few doors down from us, and presented the opportunity to the owner, and asked if he would be willing to donate the printing for some copies of the coloring page.
"Sure! How many copies would you like!"
Well, my faith level was at about 30-40 copies/store to donate, but I just said, "However many you feel comfortable donating."
"Okay, how about a couple hundred then."
Wow! I was so blown away, and of course delighted!! Took that stack of copies back to the store, much to the amazement of my manager. Then I headed over to the local printing business, The Print Stop, and presented the opportunity to the owner there who immediately said "Sure! How many would you like?" Again I said whatever he was comfortable donating, and he looked at the clock to see how much time there was left to run off copies before closing, and I ended up leaving both places with a total of 1,700 copies in hand!!!! WOW.
This makes me all the more excited about tomorrow. I have a dream of seeing at least 10 children sponsored, but we're bringing about 50 packets... so now I'm wondering, what about 25? or what about all of them? I think God just might be breathing on that dream to make it come alive more than I think possible... again.
Breathe on Your people, Lord, and fill them not only with love and compassion for the children who need sponsors, but with confident courage to go above and beyond what they "feel comfortable" doing to trust You to do exceedingly abundantly in providing for each ones sponsorship needs. Just blow them away with Your amazing goodness all over again, and show them how much You love children.