I really think it's true. Even our best efforts turn out flawed and small. But something beautiful happens when we press in regardless of the lack of perfection and use the small gifts we've been given to serve others and reflect beauty. Small drops start ripples and countless are touched. I certainly have been.
And so I'm pressing in here with so many hurting, oppressed, and vulnerable souls on my heart. My passion is mercy and justice and seeing the staggering beauty of the power of Love transform dark places.
The last several years Kristian and I have been endeared towards the people of Iraq where some of our closest friends live and work. With exposure to so many personal, first-hand accounts, the atrocities of the last few days are particularly heart-wrenching.
And as it all feels huge and I feel helpless, I'm reminded that we aren't called to sit in a state of helplessness but to labor, playing whatever small part we can.
One of the main goals in maintaining a shop over the last few years has been to raise funds to support the work of amazing people and organizations all over the world. So many of you have helped immensely through your purchases! Beginning today, half of Goodwill Living Art Shop profits are going straight to our friends at Preemptive Love Coalition in Iraq. They will be our beneficiary for a few weeks, or until we can raise enough for a heart surgery or two.
You probably remember helping raise enough for THREE $650 heart surgeries through the handmade stationary sales a few years ago. You all were amazing! Thank you again, by the way.
If you take a second to read this quick urgent appeal letter from Jeremy you'll see they now need only $250 per life-saving heart surgery.
So if you'd like to join in, consider an art purchase, or pass the info along to someone interested in art for their home.
Thank you to all of you who have jumped on board in the past. There is such desperate need. A small response doesn't cost us much, but it can effect great change for these priceless children.
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UPDATE (September 25, 2014)
Because so many of you gave and generously supported through your art purchases, you've now raised enough for three surgeries through Preemptive Love. I'm blown away by you. It's been such a gift to join with you in offering our "small things" in great love. Thank you!...
Fred & Mary Hennighausen
Lauren & Bill Gump