Maybe you’ve heard it before. You’re “just a mom,” so what big impact can you make on the world?
Doing laundry, picking up toys, wiping noses, washing dishes, trekking to the playground, bathing kids, picking up toys (again)…how is that making a difference?
I’m here to tell you…there’s no such thing as “just a mom.”
Especially when you don’t have one.
She’s the cutie in the middle with the huge grin on her face. (name changed to protect privacy) She doesn’t have a mom.
Neither do the 25 other kids standing with her and most of the 250 other kids living in her community in South Africa.
Here’s the thing.
Instead of a mom, she has caregivers. And those caregivers do the absolute best they can do take care of her and her friends.
But as a mom, have you ever had a day where you just needed some HELP?
You’re not “just a mom” because taking care of littles is HARD. WORK. people! And a lot of the time, we need help. It’s no small job to take care of another person’s physical needs and to be responsible for their emotional and spiritual development too.
Your daily investment into their little lives makes a difference today and for eternity.
What about Hannah?
And those who are functioning as “mom” and are investing into her life? Well, they could use some help too.
It’s been said, “it takes a village to raise a child.” In this little community in South Africa, this is so true!
And guess what? Our little community here online? We can help!
Already, members of Lisa-Jo Baker’s blog community have contributed enough money to build a watering station/laundry facility, vegetable garden, and playground to this community in South Africa they’ve adopted. I’m one of them!
And now, members of our community here at The Mosaic Life (that’s YOU!)…well, we’re going to join them!
Here’s your opportunity to join in:
Watering Station – fully funded & built
Vegetable Garden – fully funded & producing veggies
Playground – fully funded & plans prepared
Community Center (admin portion) – $28,474 of $40,000 raised
Maybe $11,526 more to raise seems like a big number to you…but do you remember the “it takes a village to raise a child” concept? It’s true with life-changing generosity too.
UPDATE: In less than 24 hours, Lisa-Jo’s community has raised almost $4,ooo. That’s 160 “just a mom”s giving $25 each as part of this ‘village’.
Here’s my challenge to our community.
Right now, it would take 308 people giving $25 each to raise the remainder of the funds needed for the community center.
Wondering what your $25 will provide to this community? Check out these details:
By starting by constructing the admin building, the Maubane community of 400 will have access to:
A base of operations – for the 20-30 volunteers who serve the weekly church meetings that currently take place under an open air shelter that was donated by a local church in Pretoria. What started as 15 kids has now grown to 250-300 children and 100 adults every Sunday for the last three years.
Hygienic Food Preparation – every second Sunday the volunteer group, Take Action, provides food and drinks to the community. But no running water, no kitchen, no bathrooms make it challenging to serve such a large group of people.
Sanitation – this portion of the community center will include male and female restrooms (5 stalls each).
Facilities for the caretaker – who will farm the vegetable garden and provide security and maintenance for the community center site.
Conference Room – for launching economic empowerment with training classes in job skills, early childhood development and HIV/AIDS training for the community.
Safe storage for all the tables, chairs and equipment that serves the church and is currently stored in Pastor Norman’s house.
So are you with me?
ONLY 308 PEOPLE GIVING $25 EACH = $7,700
Remember, you’re not “just a mom” and your actions, whether you perceive them as “big” or “small,” make an incredible impact on the world.
This post is part of Five Minute Friday. Today’s writing prompt was “Tell”. How can you use your words and actions today to tell the story of Jesus’ generosity in our lives?