3.27.2016

Easter: Passion Into Action 2016 Results


I am so excited to share the results of our Easter 2016 Passion Into Action Campaign! This is the third campaign we have launched as part of the greater Forget the Frock movement. This year's theme was Follow Me. Although there are multiple occurrences of Jesus saying "Follow Me," I love the account found in John 21:15-19...

When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?" Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!”



This year we chose 5 different nonprofit organizations who are following Jesus: Amazima Ministries, Back2Back Ministries, Center for Global Impact, Central India Christian Mission, and Morning Star Foundation. For every shirt purchased, buyers could vote for which organization they wanted to receive the proceeds. We received 140 orders this year, and families purchased a total of 443 shirts, a record for the Passion Into Action campaign!

Are you ready to find out which organization received the proceeds this year? I am so excited to share that with 151votes (34%)...


Morning Star Foundation received $4,146.59 through thanks to your participation in the 2016 Passion Into Action campaign, as well as a $50 donation from friends!

As a reminder, The Morning Star Foundation exists to help children with severe heart disease in China and Uganda. When impoverished families around the world have a child born with congenital heart disease, they are often forced to make an impossible decision. These families have to either abandon their child in hopes that someone will save him/her or take their child home and watch him/her die. Life saving surgery is so expensive, and families rarely have medical insurance. The Love Project aims to reach out to parents whose children are born with heart disease. Morning Star stands up for the orphan by preventing them from ever becoming one. The Love Project's goal is to provide these life saving surgeries while also preserving the family unit. Not only does Morning Star financially care for the families, the Love Project also invests in each family by caring for their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs until the child recovers. The relationship between Morning Star and the family continues throughout the child's life. 

I am always blown away how foregoing dress clothes and purchasing a simple t-shirt can have such a tremendous impact! Here is a copy of the email I received from Morning Star with our donation (remember, a separate $50 donation was made by friends as part of our campaign, making the total $4,146.59). 



I apologize for the delay in posting these results. I have been waiting to hear from Morning Star Foundation to see if there is a certain family in China or Uganda for whom this money will designated so I can let all of you know. The past two weeks have been particularly difficult for those working at Morning Star, as Lilah Lu (the little girl pictured above) is very, very sick at this time. She is fighting for her life in the hospital, and everyone is praying for a miracle. I know they would appreciate all who read this post to lift Lilah Lu up in prayer for total healing and restoration! Hopefully in the coming weeks, I will learn more information about how Morning Star will use the proceeds from this campaign.

The purchase of 443 shirts brought in $8,696.00. Overhead costs for this fundraiser were $4,599.41. The breakdown of those overhead costs is below:



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

Amazima Ministries - 103 votes (23%)
Back2Back Ministries - 56 votes (13%)
Center for Global Impact - 85 votes (19%)

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's campaign! I hope that each time you wear your shirt this year, you will be encouraged to follow Jesus by feeding his lambs and taking care of his sheep. Oftentimes, following Jesus can mean leaving our comfort zone and walking toward something that will challenge, stretch, and grow us. Even though challenges may arise, the rewards will be plentiful! Our faith can grow deeper, and our character can become more like His. Until next year!

"Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me." Matthew 16:24



2.07.2016

Easter 2016: Passion Into Action

My Family - Easter 2015: Passion Into Action

Welcome to the 3rd Annual Passion Into Action campaign!! For those of you who are new to our campaign, allow me a moment to explain. The decision to start a fundraiser alongside the Forget the Frock movement was born from the desire to inspire others to put their passion into action. As you can quickly see, our hearts bleed for the fatherless, and we will spend the rest of our lives encouraging, empowering, and enlisting others to answer God's command to defend vulnerable children in the world. At the same time, we know that while many of you share our hearts for the fatherless, others are passionate about human trafficking, clean water, homelessness, the hungry, etc. The list goes on and on. As the body of Christ, we are gifted in different ways in order to bring the Kingdom into the chaos. Together, we can shine the light of Christ so brightly to glorify His great name!

For those of you hearing about the Forget the Frock movement for the first time, instead of spending money on new dresses and suits for Easter, we will all dress with a purpose, putting our passion into action! We will buy t-shirts that benefit others and wear them to church Easter weekend. 

When I first began working on this year's Passion Into Action campaign, I struggled to find just the right theme. I opened my Bible and began reading from the gospels. Over and over again, I noticed Jesus saying, "Follow me," to various people. Then I remembered an except from an incredible book I read called, Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman where he wrote, "If you read through the four Gospels that tell of Christ's life, you'll find that Jesus says, 'Believe in me' about five times. But care to guess how many times Jesus said 'Follow me'? About twenty times." Idleman goes on to say, "To truly believe is to follow." This is the core of my heart, and I hope you find it at the foundation of yours.

Just as I finished designing this year's Passion Into Action t-shirt, I noticed a short clip of one of my favorite Christian leaders, Francis Chan. The caption under that video stated: "What does it mean to follow Jesus?" I clicked the link and was able to download his entire 15 minute video called Follow Me for free (click the link to watch it yourself!). His message is so closely tied to my heart behind making this shirt. Toward the end of the video, Francis Chan says:

"There's a reason why Jesus says 'Follow me.' It's not because he needs me. It's not because he needs anything that I have to offer, but he's telling me 'Follow me' because this is the way that I'm going to lead you to a life that goes way beyond anything you could have ever come up with by yourself."

So, without further ado, here is 2016 Passion Into Action shirt:



Jesus is represented in pure white - the spotless lamb - who gave his life for every one of us. After placing our faith in him, we become followers of Christ. As we follow Jesus and live out his teachings, we draw closer and closer to him, shining his light and glorifying God. Although there are multiple occurrences of Jesus saying "Follow Me," I love the account found in John 21:15-19:

When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?" Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!”

Our hearts are closely tied to our actions. We spend our money, our time, and our effort on that which we hold close to our hearts. Jesus asked Simon Peter three times if he loved him. After saying "Yes" each time, Jesus told Simon Peter, "Feed my lambs," "Take care of my sheep," and "Feed my sheep." When we love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength (Mark 12:30), we are moved to take action and follow Jesus. 

As we live out our lives, we have so many opportunities to show our love for Christ. By purchasing a shirt to wear on Easter, you have the chance to put your passion into action. You can dress with a purpose and wear something that benefits others. For every shirt purchased, you will cast a vote for one of the following organizations that is tending to God's sheep, His beautiful lambs. Please let me introduce you to this year's incredible non-profit organizations. Whichever one receives the most votes will receive 100% of this year's proceeds!


Amazima Ministries International 

After spending some time in Uganda during her senior year, Katie Davis returned to the country that captivated her heart the following summer in 2008. God laid it on her heart to start an Education Sponsorship Outreach program to provide clothing, 3 meals a day, spiritual discipleship, and medical care to children in the area. Although she intended to only have a handful of children in the program, Amazima now sponsors over 700 children. Soon after beginning her sponsorship program, Katie was introduced to the Karimojong people living in Masese. They were living in severe poverty, losing their children to starvation and malnutrition. She began an initiative called the Masese Feeding Outreach where her organization provides meals for 1,200 children Monday through Friday. Bible Study, general health training, and medical care are also provided through this outreach. Additional initiatives include the Farming Outreach, the Medical Care Outreach, the Masese Nursery Outreach, the Masese Women's Beading Circle, and the Amazima School. To find out ways you can get involved, visit this link


Back2Back Ministries

After graduating from Indiana University, Beth and Todd Guckenberger moved to Monterrey, Mexico and lived there for 15 years. They founded this organization and serve as co-executive directors at Back2Back Ministries. This international Christian non-profit organization is dedicated to being a voice for orphans. They exist to love and care for orphans and vulnerable children by meeting their spiritual, physical, educational, emotional, and social needs with the hope that they might overcome their life circumstances and break free from the cycle of generational poverty. You can get involved with Back2Back through their Child Sponsorship Program, Hope Program (higher education), and Mission Trips. Back2Back has ministry sites in Mexico, Nigeria, India, and Haiti.


Center for Global Impact

The Center for Global Impact (CGI) seeks to bring the Good News of Jesus to those experiencing poverty and bondage through education, vocational training, and business development. CGI primarily works in Cambodia, and many of the people they serve are victims of (or are vulnerable to) human trafficking. They provide hope by empowering the poor, protecting the vulnerable, and sharing the Gospel. CGI has three major projects. The first one, byTavi, was created to empower a woman named Tavi who was HIV positive and was struggling to provide for her family. CGI provided Tavi with a sewing machine and seamstress training, and she inspired 30 women from her village to join her sewing team. Learn more about hosting a trunk show here. The Imprint Project is an 18 month, intensive life skills training that focuses on spiritual formation, education, and seamstress training. The Culinary Training Center is an 18 month program that teaches kitchen and restaurant management skills to at-risk girls. Learn how to get involved here. Visit the cgiKids webpage to help your children get involved in mission work today!


Central India Christian Mission

Central India Christian Mission (CICM) was founded by Ajah and Indu Lall in 1982. Since the inception of this ministry, CICM has focused its mission on ministering to the people of India. CICM has planted over 1400 churches throughout India and takes an extremely active role in training the leaders of those churches through Bible academies and a Bible training center. CICM equips students and church planters with textbooks, commentaries, preacher's manuals, and VBS curriculum in languages understood by church planters. CICM also has an orphanage and children's ministry that serves more than 600 orphans and at-risk children. Over 200 children also receive food through a weekly distribution program. To find ways to get involved, click here. CICM has established a medical ministry that provides treatment for 4,000-5,000 people each year. At the CICM technical training centers, people can learn how to sew, complete electrical work, drive automobiles and tractors, and craft small furniture. When disaster strikes in the surrounding area, CICM provides emergency relief support to affected persons, including those being persecuted for their religion. Click here to find out how you can get involved with CICM. 


Morning Star Foundation - Love Project

The Morning Star Foundation exists to help children with severe heart disease in China and Uganda. When impoverished families around the world have a child born with congenital heart disease, they are often forced to make an impossible decision. These families have to either abandon their child in hopes that someone will save him/her or take their child home and watch him/her die. Life saving surgery is so expensive, and families rarely have medical insurance. The Love Project aims to reach out to parents whose children are born with heart disease. Morning Star stands up for the orphan by preventing them from ever becoming one. The Love Project's goal is to provide these life saving surgeries while also preserving the family unit. Not only does Morning Star financially care for the families, the Love Project also invests in each family by caring for their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs until the child recovers. The relationship between Morning Star and the family continues throughout the child's life. In addition to the Love Project, Morning Star also has its own foster home in China, and they also work in Uganda. Visit the Morning Star Foundation website to find out how you can get involved. 

Ready to join the 2016 Passion Into Action campaign?

Adult (top row), Youth (middle row), and Toddler (bottom row) sizes available


1. Add t-shirts to your shopping cart.

2. Choose USA for country. This will add the $5 shipping charge. 

3. If you are local and plan to pick up your order, use discount code PICKUP. This will remove the $5 shipping charge. Update cart then checkout.

4. You will be taken to PayPal to pay for your order. MAKE SURE YOU ADD A NOTE IN PAYPAL TO VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE ORGANIZATION(S). You get one vote for each shirt purchased.

5. I will place the shirt order at midnight on February 28th. ALL SHIRTS will ship to me 7-9 days later.

6. Our team will sort, pack, and ship everything to you to be received well before Easter weekend.

If you have questions or your church would like to get involved, email me at passionintoaction2016@gmail.com 

DO NOT FORGET TO VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION(S) BY ADDING A NOTE  
IN PAYPAL WHEN YOU CHECK OUT!!!
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