“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9
So, there we were back in late February 2020, ordering 1000+ empty baby bottles to prepare for our Annual Baby Bottle “Change-ing Lives” fundraiser. This is one of our major Camp fundraisers…last year raising $18,000 (amazing right?!!!!) to send teen moms, teen dads, and their babies to Summer Camp. By the time the cases and cases of empty baby bottles arrived at our office, the office was empty and the doors were locked – COVID-19 had hit the United States in a big way and we were all sheltered at home.
The baby bottles went into storage (hello to being ready for 2021 – haha!) and we took the fundraiser online. We got the word out to friends of YoungLives, to church partners, through social media, and emailing. 15 people set up their own personal fundraising pages as part of a contest to win a Mini Family Porch Portrait session (thank you @katchmoments). And we prayed. And guess what? Together, we raised more than last year…almost $20,000!!! The enthusiasm of current friends reaching out to their friends was so beautiful. Stories of people hearing from friends they hadn’t heard from in several years kept coming our way. It’s God’s way to not do things the way we plan. I know this and yet am still amazed when He does it bigger than I could ever imagine.
Can’t wait to tell you in our next blog how we were able to immediately put these funds to work with our first ever YoungLives Virtual Summer Camp!
~Myrna Bittar, Area Director