|Happy New Year! There is so much to be thankful for, starting with all of your support!|
Happy New Year!
As we start 2018, I am happy to report that we met our $35,000 matching challenge! It came down to the wire. In the last four days of December, we raised approximately $17,000. In fact, the last $2,000 came in after 10pm on December 31st! We ended the year with November and December donations totaling $35,455.
In May of 2014, I set out with a goal to raise $332,560 dollars to help 40 families escape extreme poverty. The goal amount was established to:
- Replace 40 mud and stick shacks with concrete block houses complete with solar kits and working toilets
- Build a community center
- Provide 20 cows and 84 goats to help the villagers sustain themselves
Today, we can celebrate the accomplishment of that goal. To acknowledge this achievement, our donor decided to match the entire $35,455. That means that together—after the match is applied, we will have raised $336,536! It also means that the original project is fully funded! Wow!
None of this would have been possible without the financial support, encouragement, and prayers of a lot of people. From the bottom of my heart—and on behalf of the people living in the Village of Joy—I want to say Thank You! I am grateful for your support! It took every last one of you to get us over the finish line. You should feel good about what you've done. You have made a huge difference in the lives of the poorest of the poor. They regularly thank God for you and pray that he blesses you abundantly for the kindness you showed toward them.
One last thing...you might be wondering what will happen to the extra $4K. It will still go to good use in the Village of Joy. Food for the Poor has a few additional projects planned. For example, they plan to build pens for the goats and cows. The extra money will be applied toward those smaller projects.
Thank you again for your support! I will share pictures and stories when the community center has been built and the project is officially complete.