Well, I don’t quite know what to say except…PRAISE GOD!!! We’ve had over 50 businesses/ministries partner with us so far as sponsors or donator for our No Hungry Children Tyler Benefit Festival on May 19th (53 to be exact as of a few hours ago, but that’s probably gone up by now!). We’ve already received over $6,000 in cash sponsorships (cash in hand), with another $3k-$4k committed that is on it’s way (we are still almost 90 days out from the event!!).
God is moving on people’s hearts to sell their cars and give us 100% of the sale price, and we’re not talking about junkers they would pay to have haulded off. As of now, we’ve got restaurants lined up for almost every Monday and Tuesday in March who are donating a percentage of their sales to No Hungry Children. Some as much as 20%!! One has even requested that we do something monthly with them ongoing, even after the event, so they can be a platinum sponsor for next year based on their contributions throughout the months in between the events.
Just to demonstrate what God is doing literally almost every day, I’ll share two different emails that my sister Wendi got today (she is heading up the event in Tyler…I love you sis!!)
Email #1 from a friend of hers who posted the event on her facebook page:
Umm….I just got a random check in the mail for $200…yes thats right…$200 :0 for No Hungry Children!!! Seriously?! A Facebook friend that wanted to be a part but lives far away. God never ceases to amaze me!!!
Email #2 from a 9-year old girl whose mom is helping Wendi with the event planning:
I was sitting on my bed, and then it dawned on me , that God gave us so much , but the kids in Africa, have so little, so I wanted to do something nice for them. But then another thing dawned on me-that I won a contest a while back and have not spent that money yet, so I decided to give it to the kids in Africa. It meant a lot to me to help feed these kids, because they are so grateful and we have the nerve to sit there and be picky about our food. We have the good life and yet we complain, they have a horrible life and yet they are still happy.Ariana Curry-9 yrs Tyler , Texas
If that doesn’t bless you, then you might need to check your pulse!! Wow. How amazing is it that God continues to move on people’s hearts EVERY DAY to help us feed children and share the love of Jesus Christ with them through both physical nourishment and spiritual nourishment. We ultimately want to have the opportunity to share the hope of the cross of Jesus Christ with these children, and helping them stay healthy and stay alive gives us the privilege to speak into their lives about spiritual things. I’ll actually have that privilege personally in a few months when we head back over to Nairobi to see those smiling faces once again!!
So please continue to pray with us, that God would continue to move people’s hearts to partner with us. This is more than just an event or just a feeding program…this is about seeing lives changed for all eternity!! Your prayer partnership with us means more than you know. Of course, we’d love for you to personally get involved in our ministry as well, and especially the event on May 19th if you are in the Tyler TX area.
Please go to www.facebook.com/pages/No-Hungry-Children-Tyler/302709413113398 and “Like” our No Hungry Children Tyler page and then please click the “Share” link on the left side so you can let your Facebook friends know about it as well.
If you’d like to donate now, you can give via Paypal directly on our site. Just go to www.NoHungryChildren.org and you’ll see the Paypal “donate” button. You don’t have to have a Paypal account. It will give you the option to just put in your credit card info. We appreciate you considering giving a donation. Remember, $1 feeds 1 child for 1 week!! Amazing!! $1 feeds 1 child for 1 week. I don’t think I’ll ever get over that. Every dollar makes a HUGE impact, and as always…100% of the money we receive goes straight to feed the children. All of us who are a part of this are volunteers and are giving our own money to help feed children, out of the funds the Lord has blessed us with through our own jobs/ministries.
I can’t wait to report to you next week what all has happened between now and then. I haven’t even scratched the surface to tell you what all is going on really right now…such as the $10,000 in goods/services that have been donated for our silent auction, as well as the food and beverage items that have been donated for the food court. 100% of the proceeds from all of these items will go straight to the feeding program. We expect to have over 200 items for our silent auction by the time the event happens. Wow!! That woud be awesome!! Several of the large-ticket items will be available online to bid on prior to the event, such as Miranda Lambert autographed items, a week at Pine Cove Christian Camp worth $1000, an in-home concert by Gospel Music Hall of Fame artist Dallas Holm (who will be doing a concert at the event as well!!), and I could keep going on an on (but I won’t).
Thanks for your continued support and prayers. May God receive all of the glory that He deserves from this event and from the No Hungry Children ministry. It’s all for Him, through Him and to Him. Let’s give him praise as we consider how he is continuously overwhelming us with his grace, love and provision.
God bless you,
Brandon Scott and Kim Smith