I own several notebooks and in my old phone I had over 50 drafts of random writing. From to do lists to quotes and Bible verses, it is all there..in no particular order. That’s what I do..I make lists, write notes..any time..all the time.
Last year I got this leather bound notebook from a client, I was unsure what to do with it simply because I wanted it to be ‘of importance’ so it doesn’t fall in a pile with all the other books( please note that most of them have categories but some are more equal than others)
I kept this little black book for a while until around April this year. The campaign for “40 days over 40 smiles began on February 27th but we had our first party with the kids the following month.When we began to ‘be the change we wanted to see in the world,’ I knew that the book had found a purpose..*Yayy, light bulb moment*
After sharing and getting to know these children, we realised that they had great needs and it was pretty overwhelming. We had so many challenges and often felt like the shoes were too big to fill.My team had the opportunity to back down before getting in too deep but they did not. I am so glad that they stayed around because while it has become ten times more difficult, the fulfillment is immense.
I was looking through the little(not so little really) black book a few minutes ago and this is was what I found on the first page.
Please note two stars(**) mean it has been achieved and one (x) suggests it isn’t done yet
Plans for God’s Grace Orphanage
- Put up temporary structure/tent for classes (**)
- Find land to construct permanent home with classrooms and dormitories(x)
- Construct bathroom and toilet(*) bathroom complete, toilet pit dug)
- Have a massive breakfast once a month(**)
- Mentoring,advice and spiritual enrichment for the kids(**)
- Sustainable businesses for them to earn some income(**)
- Buy towels and provide sanitary facilities regularly(**)
- Stationery for children and teacher’s pay(**)
- Write proposal to seek sponsorship from potential donors(**)
- Get mobile money account to make donations easier(**)
- Feed the children regularly i.e meals everyday(**)
- Provide health care to the children(**)
On this list only one goal hasn’t been accomplished and one has only been partly done.
We dug a pit but run short of funds and thus weren’t able to complete the latrines. We haven’t got the amount of funding it takes to buy land to set up all the facilities we dream of…but it will happen..sooner than we think..and we have evidence to prove it..wink*
Along the way we have achieved a couple of milestones and also found other needs that were not on this original list.
However, my emphasis is on this list in particular.I find myself grinning to myself at how far we have come. I am in shock that I can put ticks on all these. At the time I wrote it, it was a goal, a destination, futuristic, I could go on…I honestly couldn’t see it but well, I guess that’s what faith is about..believing in what we do not see.
See, it isn’t that I doubted the potential of all the people I work with,they are an amazing group. It is more to do with the fact that we are young and earning just the bare minimum or slightly above with other responsibilities besides this project. To top it all off, this is not a company or organisation. We had no accountant to deal with taxes or messenger to run our errands.We only had ourselves but more importantly we had heart..still have it:)
The entire dream was fueled by passion and love..
Here I am partly wishing the year could hold on..stay a little longer so we can make it even better before it ends..
But why hold on when this can only mean the best is still ahead?2013,boy do we have plans for you!
The Lord started this work in us and without a doubt, he will see us through to the end.
To the entire 40 days over 40 smiles family and everyone who has been contributing in one way or another,I would just like to say thank you. I have you have no way of giving back. I shall only pray that God will bless you all as you have blessed this cause.
Nobody said it was easy…and it hasn’t been..but whoever says it is impossible hasn’t met us yet..and if they have..they certainly do not know what you are all capable of.
“Carpe diem” That we have certainly done!