i have been struggling with the particulars of this post for days.
i have been given the incredible opportunity to serve as photographer for the org. Because Every Mother Matters. I serve as the VP on the board of directors for them, and the things that my dear steffany has been able to accomplish are unreal.
i am supposed to leave on Feb. 28th, with the director of BEMM, steffany, the director of Delivering Hope jaime glandon, ICU nurse jodie herring, and a video guy named phillip.
we will be documenting and serving the people BEMM has come to love and admire. we will be visiting the center we are building with Doma, the women from the Sisterhood Project for Project Hopeful, The Orphans of Zeway with Funky Fish, a village in Assela through BEMM's partnership with MOPS International, and to serve those we come across who need our help.
By going...BEMM is able to continue to raise funds for several organizations.
but here's the rub,
i don't have the money.. in fact, neither steffany NOR i have the money.
we both have 6 kids, and are stay at home moms.
and i just returned from Ethiopia in June... after a very expensive process.
we need the tickets now.
and steffany is convinced that we can raise the money needed,
but i have to admit,
my confidence wains.
i struggle with asking for support.
why would anyone give me MORE money to go BACK to Ethiopia?
and the only reason i feel justified at all, is because it is not about me.
i look at all the mom's that BEMM has helped, the potential to help more, and have no excuse not to ask.
so here i am,
i was thinking this morning about what i do well,
and what it is,
in all honesty, is hang out, drink coffee, listen.
so here is what i am asking,
you don't have to donate a ton, or any for that matter, but if you want to...
just give coffee money.
and i promise that when i return, the next time, or the first time, or the millionth time we are together, i will buy YOUR coffee, and tell you how Ethiopia has changed me, what BEMM is doing to change lives.
you can donate on steffany's blog, there is a donate button on the right side that says, help BEMM get to africa.
find it here.
looking so forward to that cup with you.