In less than 36 hours, we have achieved over half of our goal! We knew that Charlie and Sarah were loved and that many people were aware of their story, but we are amazed, humbled and inspired by how quickly we have raised these funds. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the Meng's medical funds and we are grateful for the funds yet to come. This effort extends beyond philanthropy or simple altruism; it is a group of people coming together to selflessly love a family in need. Here is a note from the Mengs:
"To all who have contributed to us, be it through financial giving, prayer support, sharing our story with others, sacrificing time and sleep, reading about our trials and joys, thank you. From the bottom and from every corner of our hearts, thank you. We have often been moved to tears as we are overwhelmed with the love and grace shown to us.
It's surreal in some senses. As we watch our story travel the globe (folks from over 40 countries have visited www.bloggingcharlie.com
), as we read stories and scripture sent from friends, family, and those we've never met, as the financial support continues to climb far beyond anything we could have dreamed, as we see the church pour out Christ's love, we are filled to the brim with a joy we can't describe. At moments we forget that we are the recipients of such amazing care. We want to join in!
The most beautiful piece in this is seeing/hearing the comments that clearly reflect the Lord's presence in all of this. You are demonstrating God's rich love to us. And the world is noticing. As you give so sacrificially, a light is shone upon our loving King and Savior so brilliantly.
We are honored to play our part in this story. It has been incredibly hard but we understand that through it Jesus receives glory.
The Lord has continued to remind us to keep our thoughts centered and still before Him. That has been difficult at times, as anxiety over finances, work, and care for our two little ones, would creep in so easily. With the giving that is pouring in through this site, a serious burden has been lifted. Friends at this moment are organizing a team to prepare meals, help clean, take Jude on walks, and support us when we get home. We are so humbled and grateful.
Many kind things have been written about us through this site, my blog, and on facebook. We are so thankful for the role the Lord has allowed us to play in the lives around us but please know that first and foremost, we serve Jesus and He deserves all glory.
Jesus said to his disciples that the world would know that they are his by the way they loved one another. Your love is revealing His love. And that is amazing to watch and receive.
We love you all,
Charlie and Sarah"