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What’s the best surprise you’ve ever received? I think one of my best surprises was my 16th birthday. My friends had a surprise party a month AFTER my birthday. I had assumed the celebration was over and done with. It had been a nice birthday but not really the spectacular event I thought it would be. And then my friends came through with an amazing party. They got me good and the memories have lasted for over 20 years.
That’s where I was last Wednesday with the GIVE WINGS 30K in 30 Days campaign. We had raised a significant amount of money but it wasn’t really what I thought it was going to be. I was happy but a little let down. Just like my 16th birthday.
But then I started chatting with Casey Graham from givingrocket.com and started showing me that we weren’t done with this fundraising effort. There were specific things that could still be accomplished. It was time to get FIRED UP again and finish out the campaign strong.
Four days before the end of the campaign we met our goal of raising $30,000 in 30 days. I can’t tell you how many people told me “when I heard about your goal I thought there was no way you would reach it.” But it’s the days that followed that took me off guard. Just like my Surprise 16th Birthday Party, I could not have imagined such a celebration.
This Saturday from 4-6 p.m. we are celebrating at Spencer Creek Park Pavilion our overwhelming success in May. God didn’t just provide $30,000. He has provided over $33,000 and checks are still coming in. Surprised?
I personally want to invite you to this celebration. This is a momentous part of our history and we need to take time to mark the significance. So bring your potluck, join in the washers and checkers tourney, listen to some live music, and come celebrate what you were a part of.
I can’t thank you enough for believing in the mission and vision of The Sparrow’s Nest even before we’ve got off the ground. Wonder what else God is going to surprise us with this year.
I think most people are afraid to ask for help. Whether it be from pride or fear of being turned down it’s a hard thing no matter how you look at it. But I wonder if we do the same thing with God. Do we need a reminder that He is so much bigger than we can imagine? He is so much more powerful than we can recognize! He is more mighty and more majestic than our brains can fathom!
I saw someone post this week that God is ready to give us more than we ask. Sometimes it’s because we are fearful or to full of pride to ask for His help. But I know in my own life I may not dream big enough. I let worry and other people’s opinions prohibit my thoughts.
Just a few days ago I wasn’t sure we were going to reach $30,000. I was preparing my heart and mind to accept that we had indeed received a level of success but it just wasn’t what I thought it was going to be. I thought maybe I had dreamed too big. I spent some deeper time in prayer and fasting and confession and then God just opened the floodgates!
Are you as excited as I am to see where God is taking this? Are you daring to dream big and not get in the way of God’s might and majesty and let Him do his thing?? Do you think it is possible for God to bring even $35,000 or $40,000 to us in this season of The Sparrow’s Nest history?
If you haven’t had a chance to donate, are the hairs on your neck standing on end with the thought that you might be the one to be involved in God’s dream for The Sparrow’s Nest? Do you feel that gentle nudge from behind from God? Is He speaking in your ear… “Go ahead. Dream Big.”
How have you witnessed God’s mightiness lately? What has He been dreaming for you?
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Ephesians 3:20
Donate today http://www.thesparrowsneststl.org or mail to The Sparrow’s Nest Maternity Home 911 Hampshire Heath Dr. O’Fallon, MO 63368
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We’re closing in on one more of those times in our history. It’s one of those times years from now that you will be able to share with your friends and family. Just imagine when your sitting around with the grandkids 25 years from now at the kitchen table telling “I remember when” stories. This is one of those times when you will say “The Sparrow’s Nest didn’t always look like it does it today. It actually started in someone’s basement as an idea, that turned into passion, that turned into a reality. And I was part of it.”
This first financial goal of reaching $30,000 in 30Days has seemed both impossible and obtainable. It has been a thorn in my side and an incredible blessing. It has appeared as both not enough and overflowing. I have lost weight and gained weight over this campaign. I have rejoiced and I have cried. I have waited in excited anticipation and I have woken up in udder dread. I have grown more in this month spiritually and personally than at any other time in my life.
I tell you all this because we are about to clear one of first hurdles. As of this morning you have blessed us with over $28,000. I KNOW! Can you imagine! We just need $2000 to make the goal of $30,000. Thank you so much!
But we don’t want to deter from this goal. We still need to finish strong in the next 4 days. No gift is to small and no prayer can be too big. So if you’ve already given to the GIVE WINGS 30K in 30 Days, thank you. But I have to boldly ask could you consider donating $10 or $20 more. And if you haven’t given yet, think about being part of a legacy. Think about sitting around the kitchen table with the grandkids telling them how you were part of something amazing from the very beginning. Tell them you didn’t think $25 would do much but look what God did with that $25 to make The Sparrow’s Nest what it needed to be.
Don’t stop praying for us over the next 4 days. And while your at it, the next 40 years.
Blessings to you.
Donate today at http://www.thesparrowsneststl.org or mail to The Sparrow’s Nest Maternity Home ATTN Book Keeper 911 Hampshire Heath Dr. O’Fallon, MO 63368
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If you are looking for a place to plug in this is the week to jump feet first. We have one happening schedule!
Join our Golf Tournament Planning Committee tonight 6:30 p.m. Bread Co Clarkson/40. Do you know more of golf than what Wii can teach? We need help planning our inaugural Sparrow Scramble for this fall. We need help securing sponsorships, promotion, marketing, and registration.
Tuesday 5:30 p.m. 5K Debriefing/Planning Meeting Email Carissa at firstname.lastname@example.org for location. We’ll be processing the success of this year’s 5K race with Bridgeway and starting to plan next year’s event.
Thursday 6:30 p.m. Meadows Pkwy Early Childhood Center Board Meeting. Curious how a non profit operates? So are we. Our board meetings are always open especially if you feel you have the passion, leadership, and experience to guide a fledgling organization .
And of course there’s this little matter of GIVE WINGS 30K in 30 DAYS. We are in our final week and we currently stand at just about $22,000. We have 8 days to raise the rest of our goal. If you’ve been holding out to see how close we get I would encourage you to donate today at http://www.thesparrowsneststl.org or snail mail to The Sparrow’s Nest Maternity Home ATTN: Book Keeper 911 Hampshire Heath Dr. O’Fallon, MO 63368
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I think it’s safe to say you’ve been shocked just as much as I have to learn about the need for shelter for pregnant teens in St. Charles County. I’m sure over the last couple months of reading this blog and following us on Facebook you felt sorry for these young girls. I’m sure you might have growing concern about how this problem will affect the area. Maybe you’ve been praying. Maybe you’ve been meaning to get involved with this project. The fact of the matter is now is the time to put all those thoughts and prayers and good intentions to work.
I am so fired up to announce today our launch of our first capital campaign GIVE WINGS: 30K in 30 Days!! We will raise $30,000 dollars at least in the next 30 days to quickly get us towards our final goal of $300,000!!
It’s just a fact. We simply cannot get started providing services, helping these young teens, and ultimately saving the lives of unborn children and providing them a healthy start without money. And without lots of money. We can not do this without your help.
So today, please pray for The Sparrow’s Nest. Pray for miracles. Pray for God’s glory to shine through in ways never thought possible. And then pray that God would reveal to you how you can help us. Pray how YOU can make a significant contribution. It’s time to make this happen and YOU can provide the way!
Please visit our website at http://www.thesparrowsneststl.org to make a secure online donation or mail to:
The Sparrow’s Nest Maternity Home
ATTN: Book Keeper
911 Hampshire Heath Dr.
O’Fallon, MO 63368
God bless you today!