Week’s Wrap-up

Wow. It’s been a huge week.

Yesterday’s International Women’s Day marked the launch of the Challenge, which I really enjoyed completing.

I wrote to Elizabeth, and made my small donation. How are you going with yours?

I also had the privilege of guest posting over at Sharnanigans – a beautiful blogging friend who has found herself along with her partner and their young son homeless because of these horrid floods. They probably won’t have a home to go back to, meanwhile she’s pregnant. Really tough. Really want to help but not sure what to do.

To add to our growing ‘piece’, I listed some items on eBay and am waiting for the auctions to end so I can donate the proceeds.

What amazed me the most this week is the fact that The Sunflower Effect has now raised $320 for Mercy House. And now I’m feeling nervous, which is weird, but I always do that. It’s great to see that small actions are making a difference. It’s such a beautiful thing.

A big thank you so much to everyone who has supported the cause this week.

Thank you to Lee-Ann Kelly of Nine-50 for your encouraging words and involvement in the project, Melissa Sharman from Dusty Highways for your beautiful post about the Challenge, Sharni Montgomery from Sharnanigans for inviting me to blog on your funky site, greenroomgallery.wordpress.com for including The Sunflower Effect in your International Women’s Day run-down and all of you who have retweeted, shared and commented. It’s all very much appreciated. You’re all wonderful. I really appreciate you.

I doubt we will ever understand the power of caring.

I’d really love to hear what you’re thinking about the whole Sunflower Effect concept. Is it something you enjoy or want to be involved with? Do you have any ideas of your own on how I can continue to raise money for Mercy House?

If you’re a visitor and wondering what the heck I’m talking about, click here for a quick run-down.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Joni xx


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

A Destiny to Rescue

I‘m pleased to introduce you to Every (1) Matters’ first ever guest poster, Melissa Sharman! It’s an honour to have her write this week’s post and I’m sure you’ll agree; she has an amazing gift with words. That combined with her heart for justice leaves us with a wonderful, thought provoking post. Pop over and visit Melissa’s blog, Dusty Highways!

I’d love to share a journey with you. It won’t be comfortable; truth rarely is. If you allow it, it will ruffle your nicely groomed feathers, and pull at the strings of your neatly packaged heart. But it is a journey in which you may find – and it is my prayer that you do – something extraordinary. That something is you. I may not know you, but I believe that we all have a unique and beautiful gift of eternal significance to give to this broken world. Though to see the light in ourselves, sometimes we need to first open our hearts to a little brokenness.

I recently experienced my own journey through brokenness on a Speaker Training Trip with Destiny Rescue. Destiny Rescue is an aid and development organisation that works to rescue girls from sexual slavery in South-east Asia and Africa. Continue reading