Goal Reached

Exciting news – the $1000 goal has been smashed! $1343 has been raised for the beautiful women of Mercy House in Kenya.

To all of you who donated, sponsored and supported, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

We did it!

Online fundraising for The Sunflower Effect*The Sunflower Effect supports the work of The Mercy House Kenya and Kristen Welch (wearethatfamily.com)

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Project Bridge Run!

Hello friends and family,

I’ve just done something I’ve wanted to do for a long time – I’ve registered for the Blackmores Body & Soul 9km Bridge Run!

This year I’ve been working towards a goal of raising $1000 for Mercy House Kenya – home home in Kenya where mothers and their babies are cared for. These women and babies would otherwise be in indescribably horrible situations – homeless, desitute or worse. (http://mercyhousekenya.org)

If you’re reading this blog, you probably already knew all that ūüôā

So far, $650 has been raised through my blog via donations from generous readers, ebay sales, bake sales etc. I’d love to raise the last $350 through sponsorship for this run! Continue reading

and the winner is…

The Mercy House $25 shopping voucher competition ended today, my son happily picked a folded piece of paper from a bowl…

The winner is:

Pauline Fredrickson!

Congratulations Pauline! Please send me your email address and I will get the voucher to you. Happy shopping ūüôā

Thank you everyone who entered and helped spread the word about the great work they’re doing over at Mercy House in Kenya.

xx

Sisterhood be the CHANGE cup

Good morning ūüôā

I just added $80 to the Mercy House tally.. thanks to the generosity of my brother (!) and also our

¬†‘sisterhood be the CHANGE cup’

… For one month we put all our coins in a cup for Mercy House, it adds up pretty quickly!

Cost me a few coins and took me 0 minutes..a really good way to raise money!

Here endeth the update.

Happy Friday!

xx

*The Sunflower Effect supports the work of The Mercy House Kenya and Kristen Welch (wearethatfamily.com)

Half Way There!! :)

So I’m finding that I don’t have much time to blog.. but that’s okay.. I can keep you easily updated via Twitter and Facebook.

Great news –¬†today the tally reached $552!! I’m so happy about this. I have set out to raise $1000 for Mercy House, I’m getting there! Thanks so much to all of you who have generously donated – the women and babies at Mercy House will benefit more than we can imagine, from your generosity.

This month I’m focusing on selling some baby clothes on eBay (generously donated by my friend Lee-Ann over at Nine 50 – check out her peruvian jewellery, hand made by women, providing an income for their families!)

A few of my auctions have ended, making a tidy $35 (not bad for so little work and zero outlay!)

I still have a few auctions yet to finish and still more items to list. If you need some clothes for a baby boy, have a look at my eBay listings, all proceeds to Mercy House or email me.

Anyway, must go, I have children to get to school and a day to tend to!

Have a good one!

Joni xx

*The Sunflower Effect supports the work of The Mercy House Kenya and Kristen Welch (wearethatfamily.com)

It’s a Bake-Off!

You’ll have to excuse me.. I’m having a bit of a proud mum moment. Even though it’s been a month since the fact, I’m bubbling with happiness that somehow, my kids seem to be getting it.. They’re beginning to understand the impact they can have on the world.. That they have power, wealth, priviledge* to share with others.

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Don’t Ignore that Idea!

How tiny is this seed..

..it is maybe half a centremeter long..

..but look what it created in my garden, when I planted it and watered it:

Just because seeds are small isn’t reason enough to keep them hidden away, unplanted.

It’s exactly the same with our lives; changing other’s lives. It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the problems of this world.¬†Our minds become crowded with thoughts like, “I can only give a little bit.. I may as well not even bother.. What difference will it make anyway?”¬†These thoughts are definitely not from God. In fact, I truly believe that the little seeds of ideas you’ve been mulling over for a while, the ones which¬†would help you raise a few dollars for a charity, or the¬†little things you could do to help a friend¬†– they’re probably from God. God doesn’t immediately¬†give us a massive, fully grown tree –¬†He gives us a seed. And if we plant and water it, we’ll see what it can grow into.

That’s how I feel about $10. It’s not a huge amount of money but it’s a seed. As a challenge to myself,¬†I want to aim to raise and/or donate¬†$10 every week to Mercy House. I’ll have to get creative because I don’t have truckloads of time during the day. I’m going to have to be smart, work hard and be dilligent with the little seeds I have.. the list of ideas and opportunities is growing and I’m working on a plan so that none are wasted. I figure, if God¬†gives me¬†a seed, I really don’t want to waste it. What’s more, if He has given it to me, that means He’ll help me plant and water it, He’ll work my day so I have plenty of¬†time, energy and¬†inspiration. He’s there every step of the way when we plant and water the seeds He has given us.

It is impossible to see what can become of a seed until it has been planted and watered. Why not plant your seed and see what God can do with it?

What seeds, ideas, thoughts, projects have you been mulling over? Do you think it’s time to plant?

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Joni x

*The Sunflower Effect supports the work of The Mercy House Kenya and Kristen Welch (wearethatfamily.com)

 

One More Woman, One More Baby – Both Safe

Another amazing, beautiful story… another woman saved… another child saved…

Read here about Edith and her precious baby Hawi… last week was a tough one for them, but they made it through and are now in the loving hands of Mercy.

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I went to parts of Colour Conference last week and really enjoyed myself – as I always do there! So, there are many thoughts banging around in my mind, too many to be able to write about yet.. I need to sort it all out before I can put it down here. So please forgive me if my postings are sparse this week!

Joni xx

*The Sunflower Effect supports the work of The Mercy House Kenya and Kristen Welch (wearethatfamily.com)

Week’s Wrap Up

Hi all

I’m off to Colour so I won’t be on here much for the next few days..

But before I go, here’s a little wrap up of the week, in case you missed anything.

I started the week sharing a little bit about myself and why The Sunflower Effect means so much to me..

..plus we jumped on board with the Mercy Spring Drive (no cars involved!).. I’m collecting non-fiction soft cover books for the Mercy House school room. Contact me if you’d like to donate any....and we learned about Mariama Boubacar and her family and how she has learned important tips which will help keep her future children alive..

Mercy House is going amazing things and I love being a small part of that! I hope you do too ūüôā

Have a lovely weekend everyone!!

Joni xx

*The Sunflower Effect supports the work of The Mercy House Kenya and Kristen Welch (wearethatfamily.com)

True Story: Mariama Boubacar

Mariama

Name: Mariama Boubacar

Age: 25 years

Origin: A hamlet near Ouallam, in the west of Niger

I was married at 15 and pregnant at 17. Unfortunately, that first baby died through lack of assistance. It was only on the third day of labour that the baby came into the world lifeless. At the end of my second pregnancy I ended up with fistula because no-one helped me during birth. Continue reading