3.26.2015

Easter 2015: Passion Into Action Fundraiser Results



I am so excited to share the results of our Easter 2015 Passion Into Action Campaign! This is the second campaign we have launched as part of the greater Forget the Frock movement. This year's theme was The Least of These, inspired by Jesus' words in Matthew 25:31-40.

"Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for your since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger, and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you? The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'" (emphasis mine)

This year we chose 5 different nonprofit organizations who are currently serving The Least of These: Operation Smile, Restore International, Kindred Image, Kupendwa Ministries, and Oxfam America. For every shirt purchased, buyers could vote for which organization they wanted to receive 100% of the proceeds. We received 137 orders this year, and families purchased a total of 413 shirts!!

The purchase of 413 shirts brought in $8,166.41. Overhead costs for this fundraiser were $3,958.16. The breakdown of those costs is below.


Ready to find out who won? Drumroll please!!!


The Easter 2015 Passion Into Action winner is Kindred Image (The Drop Box), as they received 144 votes (35%)!!! Thanks to your participation, we are able to donate $4,208.25 to this incredible organization!


Photo courtesy of David Kim

Additional voting results for the other AMAZING organizations are as follows. Please click their links to learn how you can support their efforts!


Kupendwa Ministries: 101 votes (24%)
Operation Smile: 85 votes (21%)
Restore International: 67 votes (16%)
Oxfam America: 16 votes (4%)

As a reminder, Kindred Image is a non-profit organization that works to support the vision and legacy of Pastor Lee in South Korea. After having a child with a disability, Pastor Lee Jong-rak brought several other orphans home from the hospital. One extremely cold, winter night, a woman abandoned her baby outside the gate of Pastor Lee’s home. This baby girl was disabled and nearly froze to death before Pastor Lee found her. Knowing that something had to be done, Pastor Lee built a "drop box" in December 2009. As of November 2014, nearly 600 children had come to Pastor Lee through his drop box. 

Pastor Lee & Brian Ivie (photo courtesy of David Kim)

Brian Ivie, founder of Kindred Image, read an article in the newspaper about Pastor Lee's work in South Korea and decided to make a film about it. The experience changed Brian's life, and he became a Christian while directing The Drop Box, which played in theaters earlier this month. Kindred Image continues to work alongside Pastor Lee on his mission in South Korea. 

Photo courtesy of David Kim

Photo courtesy of David Kim

Photo courtesy of David Kim

Photo courtesy of David Kim

Photo courtesy of David Kim

The $4,208.25 from this fundraiser will support Pastor Lee's efforts. Mothers who are considering using The Drop Box receive counseling, and those who choose to keep their babies receive Boxes of Hope, which include diapers, formula, and other essentials. They are striving to build a Rescue Center that is larger and more equipped where Pastor Lee and others can provide both crisis and long-term holistic care. A Maternity Shelter is a future project that will be a home for mothers, right next to the drop box facility, where they can receive counseling, temporary housing, relational rehabilitation, and much more holistic help. Kindred Image also hopes to provide adoption assistance grants in the future. Click the following link to learn about how you can make a one time or monthly donation to Kindred Image and please keep Pastor Lee, his wife, their health, their children, and this ministry in your prayers! 

As stated in their financial report, "...building the drop box was Pastor Lee’s desperate act of compassion, but building Kindred Image was Pastor Lee’s hopeful act of justice, addressing the issues holistically and looking forward to the day when the box is no longer necessary."

And I love that. The hope will always be that a drop box will not be needed someday. Until that time, let's all make the commitment to support Pastor Lee's efforts and organizations like Kindred Image that serve The Least of These. Together, we can bring the Kingdom to the chaos of our world!


Photo courtesy of David Kim

One last note - if you ordered shirts for this year's fundraiser, please wear them Easter weekend and post pictures on social media with the hashtag #passionintoaction2015 and #theleastofthese! Email pictures to easter2015passionintoaction@gmail.com, and I will post them on a future blog! Thank you to everyone who ordered a shirt to help make this year's fundraiser a success.


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