Friday, March 4, 2011

Project Love Day Results

It was an incredible opportunity to host and sponsor Project Love Day and I am so glad that you partnered with me!  Thank you for all your pageviews and clicks!  Thank you to those who linked up on Facebook or on your own blog.  I am amazed at your willingness to spread the word about this issue.  This could not have happened the same way without you!

Will you allow me to me authentic and honest with you for a moment?

  • I have wept countless times over the past month and a half.  
  • I have grappled with God on the injustice of this.  
  • I have prayed for these girls whose names only God knows--for safety, for protection, for rescue, for healing, restoration, for justice, for the hope that can only be found in Jesus.
  • I have had to come to an fresh understanding of God's sovereignty while looking at the truth of His character through the lens of this horrifying victimization.
  • I have wondered how the little I have can possibly make any sort of difference.
  • I have wondered what else I can do.
I am humbled at how God has so personally met with me during this time of reading, learning, and praying.  Through His Word--powerful, unchanging, and alive--He has shown me (yet again!) that He alone is sovereign, that He is working out His eternal purposes in all of His creation, He sees and knows all, and not one injustice goes unnoticed by His watchful eye.  His Son is a tender shepherd who gently cares for those who hurt, and His Son is mighty to save.  God's purpose for all is for redemption and restoration.  As I have seen all these characteristics of God through the lens of my heartbreak over human trafficking, I have wept.  And I can trust that God is absolutely in control of all.  I don't understand, but I trust Him to work His good in the way that only He can according to His perfect purposes. 

As I began tracking my blog pageviews and saw the end result for January, I battled a bit of discouragement.  Though the numbers were higher than they ever had been before, it generated so little in the way of money.  I surrendered this entire project back to the Lord.  He reminded me of the boy in John 8 who had a small lunch to share and the widow in Mark 12 who gave her last two coins and Jesus commended her faith to His disciples.  When Jesus' hand is upon something, it doesn't matter how large or small the offering.  He will use it in such an abundant way that is a testimony to His power and His glory.

This made me stop and consider that maybe Project Love Day wasn't really about raising a sum of money.  Maybe it was really about me being obedient to respond to a burden that God has placed upon my heart.  Putting some action to my faith.  I'm not sure.  And honestly, I'm not sure I will ever see the full scope and spectrum of my small part on this side of Heaven.  I'm not sure what my next step is from here.  The burden certainly hasn't diminished, and the need certainly isn't less.  One thing I know, there are a lot more of you who know about this global crisis now than you did 2 months ago.  God has a purpose in that awareness.  Again, thank you for being on board with me in this.

I know that you are anxious to know the results of Project Love Day.  Thank you for hearing my heart and allowing me to share a glimpse of what this has been for me personally.  Here are the results (please know that there is a bit of discrepency between Blogger's stats, my SiteMeter stats, and the numbers that Foodbuzz bases their income disbursement on).
                           
January Pageviews:  1,598               Foodbuzz income:  $3.17
February Pageviews: 2,258              Foodbuzz income:  $3.69
Average was 93 pageviews per day

Here is an excerpt from World Vision's catalog:  " 'She lied to me that I was going to a house to babysit.  Instead, she sold me to a brothel.' "  --Phhoung, age 13, Cambodia.  "Girls like Phhoung are held captive in a brothel and often forced to serve 8-12 "clients" every day.  By God's grace, some are rescued and cared for in a World Vision shelter.  About 2 million children--most of them girls--are enslaved in the global sex trade today.  They're often drugged and beaten if they don't obey.  Your gift will help restore physical, emotional, and spiritual health to rescued girls by providing things like safe shelter, medical care, nutritious food, vocational training, compassionate counseling, and where possible, reintegration with a loving family."

My gift of $50 will be donated toward Hope for Sexually Exploited Girls through World Vision.  May God use this small offering to accomplish His perfect purpose in the lives of the girls whom He has created and loves so much.

If you would like to donate directly to World Vision, please visit them here.  There are many ways to help with your giving.
"You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in {her} distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat."  Isaiah 25:4






3 comments:

  1. Thanks for the awareness you brought to so many because of your love project!

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  2. Karla-

    I want you to know that I appreciate your passion about this issue and I have visited your page to help direct me to resources/organizations to find out more. As you said, tho the financial aspect may seem small at this time, imagine the number of people who are being informed about this injustice--more people than just two short months ago.

    I too have grappled with God over this and many more of your heart-felt thoughts have been mine as well.


    Can you tell me if Mike (working as an officer in public protection) has encountered or heard of any trafficking in our part of Indiana?

    Trusting the Lord and that His ways and purposes will prevail, Janelle

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  3. Karla, We are so blessed by your donation and even more so, your heart of gratitude and appreciation. Thank you so much.

    I also wanted to let you know that we are creating a whole new program at the moment, specifically for bloggers interested in helping to teach their readers more about the causes that interest them most. If you're interested, I'd love to chat with you more. Feel free to email or tweet me @LindseyTalerico.

    Lindsey,
    LTaleric@worldvision.org

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