GUEST POST FROM TONI V.
I had no idea what had begun that April day when I opened the March issue of Kidaround magazine. I was actually searching for a different article, but my heart was captured by a photo of Sofia. As an adoptive mom myself, Jennifer’s story moved me to tears. I shared the article with my eldest daughter, Sara age 11. We immediately agreed that we wanted to send money to Reece’s Rainbow for Sofia.
Later that week Sara attended her Girls’ Bible Study meeting, there she shared the story of Sofia and the fact that she wanted to send money to Reece’s Rainbow. All 17 girls in the group decided that they wanted to participate in raising money for Sofia too!
Each of the girls invested their time and talent differently. Some held bake sales, one girl had a lemon-aide stand, another crafted jewelry and hair clips, another made soy candles, sold bags of fresh herbs, sold licorice on the sidelines of a soccer game, or simply donated their allowance. After 2 weeks time, together they had collected over $400.00. Their motivation was of course helping Sofia. But it is also incredibly valuable for these young girls (age 8-12) to learn that they are old enough to make a difference through both their work and prayer. It has been a wonderful experience for them as they followed the details on Sofia’s journey through her blog, they now feel connected with this little girl from half way around the world. Jennifer has agreed to bring Sofia to meet all the girls as soon as they have settled in this summer. The girls can't wait!
And still another blessing...
While Sara was asking for donations for Sofia we met up with a friend, Danielle. Sara shared with Danielle the details of her fund raising effort. Danielle was intrigued, and she promised to read Sofia’s blog and visit the Reece’s Rainbow website when she returned home. That evening Danielle and her husband saw Ivan on the Reece’s Rainbow website, and they have now started the process of adopting him. We are now praying for Ivan and seeking ways to help support their journey. Here is their blog Saving Ivan.