Wow! Wow! WOW!!!
My head is still spinning from the incredible turn out and support we experienced at our silent auction + wine social on Saturday night. With about 150 people in attendance, we auctioned off 68 items, had a $1000 pot for the 50/50 raffle (which the winner gave us 70% of) and we raised just over $7000!! We had gone into the evening hoping to make a little money, share amazing conversations with friends, and clearly articulate why we are moving to Nicaragua in just a few short weeks. What we got was a big chunk of money to put towards our one time cost, lots of hugs and HUGE encouragement from every person in attendance, and even those who couldn’t be there. I remember looking around the room at one point while we were sharing and feeling an overwhelming sense of gratitude. Not only for the financial support but more so for what I saw before me. We had people there from every circle of our lives. Those who have known us our entire lives, and those who only met us last summer. We received messages and texts throughout the day of well-wishing and had people on different continents praying for the night. I’m in tears just thinking about that.
I hope if you are reading this, and you have followed our journey, and maybe you’re someone who was there on Saturday, I hope you know that your support and encouragement gives us hope. It makes us courageous and brave. The community behind us, who is blessing us by sending us off well, you make this whole thing so much richer. I hope you know that. We cannot do this on our own. The Lord goes before us, but we want and NEED a community behind us as well. And Saturday demonstrated that we have that, if we had ever had any doubt.
Thank you for believing in us. Thank you for supporting us. Thank you for trusting us. We are so very grateful to each and every one of you.
On a side note, after the weekend we are at 95% of our monthly support needs and 91% of our one time startup cost!!! You guys!! Thank you!!!
(I will be updating the thermometers soon!)
If you are wanting to donate to get us to 100% please let us know. We’re almost there!