Melanie's Hope for Orphans

$5,020 of $4,200 goal

Raised by 60 people in 62 months
HOW THIS HAPPENED:
Last November I was scrolling through my Facebook feed when I saw a photo of a lady I knew holding a tiny boy. He was sleeping soundly, she was smiling widely. The utter look of contentment on both of their faces made my heart seize up.

Amanda was on a Christian mission trip in Zambia working with orphans and mentioned that she was ready to go back – even though she was still there! My immediate response: "Take me with you next time!" I'm not even sure where it came from, but the photo rocked me. I had never wanted to go on a mission trip, but suddenly had the overwhelming feeling that this was something I needed to do.

WHY I NEED YOU:
With a $500 deposit, I applied to travel to Zambia and South Africa. I had been living on the run since August of 2013, so it seemed like a no-brainer to pay for this trip myself since I had been saving every penny I could. I barely mentioned the trip to anyone, positive I could do it myself, until God reminded me that it wasn't up to me to do this alone. I had to get the spiritual, emotional, and financial support of my incredible community.

In October, I leave my dogs and work behind. I will travel to Africa with a group of women and work for 20 days with Horizon International. Our project is to help HIV/AIDS orphans stay with extended familes and keep them out of orphanages. This will give them a much better chance at life.

THANKS FOR SUPPORTING ME:
I am going to Africa to make a difference, but I'm positive that it will make me a different person. This will not be an easy journey, but no journey worth walking is ever easy. Please support me in whatever way you can, whether it’s prayer, encouraging words, or a donation. If I raise more than I need, I'm gifting it to others in my group for their journey. By blessing me, you bless so many others. Thank you!

KEEP TRACK OF ME: runninggrace.com
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I just added all of you as subscribers to my blog so you can keep track of my adventure in Africa. Here's a little writeup pre-trip. See you all on the other side!

http://runninggrace.com/blog/you-made-this-possible-time-to-go
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You all did it! With 53 givers over the last month, $4200 has been hit! I am so blessed by all of your donations and love. And I leave in just over a month to go bless the women of Zambia & South Africa as they bless the orphans of AIDS/HIV victims.

Any more money raised past my goal will go to help my other team members who are struggling to raise their funds for this trip.

Thank you SO much for your support, your prayers, and your encouragement.

Plan to check out http://runninggrace.com/blog for updates on the trip. I'll be blogging and posting photos throughout.
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I'm almost there! Thank you so much for your support, love, prayers, and gifts. This has been a humbling and enlightening experience. I couldn't have done this without you. Seriously, every single one of you are a blessing to me and all of those who will be a part of this journey in Africa. Thank you.
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Last night's fundraiser at Chef Tony's was a huge success. With $700 in donations and then $570 at my Rotary meeting this morning, I have to tell you how blessed I am. Thank you to everyone who has supported me in this and to all those who plan to. You are the reason I'm able to do this trip. <3
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$5,020 of $4,200 goal

Raised by 60 people in 62 months
Created June 29, 2014
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JF
$100
Jan Fox
59 months ago (Offline Donation)

Some spending money for your trip. I'm so happy you get to go do this mission.

RS
$50
Robert Smith
59 months ago
PF
$20
Patrickf Frank
59 months ago
SG
$100
Sue Gallagher
60 months ago (Offline Donation)

With thoughts for your safety & love for you

A
$400
Anonymous
60 months ago (Offline Donation)
RY
$50
Robin Yasinow
60 months ago

Your honesty is stunning. And inspiring.

$100
Tana Boerger
60 months ago

Spectacular, Melanie. Please take our love and share it with these children.

AD
$100
Alana Davidson
60 months ago

What a important trip you are about to make.

KL
$29
Kate Loveric
60 months ago

Go be awesome!

$15
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60 months ago
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