Think you got it bad? I’ve got a special treat for you today. So, grab your kleenix and your credit card and pull up a chair. You won’t want to miss this.
I recently met an amazing man on Twitter. Ah, twitter. My dear friend Marvin Wilson turned me on to it and I’ve been hooked ever since. Mostly because of people like Jeff Powers.
He’s a pastor turned ultimate Pay It Forward do-gooder. My kind of man. He works with a company called Global Hope Network. Together, they go into some of the poorest parts of the world and lend a hand up. This time, they’ve out done themselves. And you thought Extreme Makeover was good….
See what Jeff Power and Global Hope Newtwork are up to now:
48 hours to change a life… and a town… Jan 29-30!
We’re going to turn an awful situation around, with a hand up not a handout.
To do it, we need the help of friends… $10 at a time.
Meet Aschelew. He lives in Woliso, Ethiopia. Together we’re going to change Aschelew’s and his brother’s lives (and demonstrate how to change more).
We’re helping Woliso find ways to care for its multiplying AIDS-affected families, orphans and widows. Aschelew & his brother are two of them.
Here’s the painful story: Several years ago Aschelew was depressed over his parents’ AIDS, and his family chained him up to keep him from killing himself. The chains cut off the blood to his arms and he ended up losing both of them. Now his parents have died and Aschelew and his brother are alone.
Their story is one of the worst. And the town is eager to see how to help them.
Here’s what we’re gong to do, and it’s the SOLUTION to lifetime dependency: We’re going to help Aschelew and his brother launch a sustainable source of income.
Your gift will make it possible.
We sat down with them and the town leaders and worked out a plan. Aschelew’s brother is able to drive a donkey-cart and bring in some income that way. And Aschelew is naturally organized and can run a small store (with some hired younger help), and complete their income needs that way.
So we’re going to build Aschelew and his brother that store! (plus, it’ll be a house/store where they can live, instead of on the streets).
Here’s video of Aschelew from our August trip:
A volunteer team is going to Woliso February 15th to work alongside the townspeople to build Aschelew’s store… and build houses for 3-4 more AIDS-affected families, depending on how much money we raise.
Join us to help Aschelew and his brother!
During just two days, January 29-30, we’re collecting gifts from caring people, one gift at a time. Together we’ll build Aschelew’s store and homes for others.
ANY GIFT HELPS! Really! Your gift of $10, $20, $50, $100 or more will help get Aschelew’s store built. (Even $5 helps.)
And to everyone who gives, we’ll email pictures and video WHILE WE’RE BUILDING. That’s right, we’ll email pics and video nightly to the entire “giving team.” (I’ll add each person’s name below, as they give… look for your name to make sure we got your gift).
Just click on the “ChipIn” widget at the top of this page, and contribute what you can. It might mean skipping a meal out for us, but a TRANSFORMED LIFE for Aschelew and others.
We’re going to do this together. C’mon, jump in and have fun with us!
–Jeff Power, US Mobilization Director, Global Hope Network
So…I’m asking all my readers to help out. Any amount helps. We’ve got 2 days to raise the money. What am I doing? Well, I’ve got a basket full of goodys to be given in a drawing to any of you that participate. Head on over, make your donation and come back here to post your email address letting us know you’ve donated.
Then, at the end of 48 hrs, I will draw a name from the participants to recieve the following:
2 autographed novels by Karen Kingsbury
1 autographed novel by me, Katrina Wampler
3 autographed novelettes by Vickie McDonough.
**** For every $10 you give, your name goes in the hat again.****