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

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