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Melissa in Ohio sent in her picture she took the picture in her church classroom where she teaches for Mom’s Morning Out.  Melissa, you look so sweet!

May 28 more people be blessed!

This is Marla’s sister Bethany.  Isn’t she adorable with that preggo belly??  Bethany shares what she wrote in the journal:

“I love fashion so I could totally relate to Amy’s story–splurging on a beautiful item only to feel convicted later about how that money could have been used to help others in need.

I have been challenged and inspired over the past several months to have a willing and generous spirit and trusting God to take my meager offerings and multiply them for His kingdom (like the boy in the feeding of the 5,000 in John 6). A lot of times we may think–I am just one person. Can I really make a difference for God? The great thing about our God is that He provides us with material goods and other blessings and when we give them back to Him He multiplies it ($28 for clean water for Africans has become way over $1000) and many times gives us more so we can continue to be generous–

2 Corinthians 9:6-11 “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written: “They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.” Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”

My husband is a youth pastor and I wore the belt to church on Sunday and shared this little challenge with the teens in Sunday School. You are only one person, but on God’s team you can do mighty things for His kingdom when you are generous with what He has given you!

love your sister in Christ,
Bethany Peters (West Milton, OH)

May 28 more people be blessed!

This one seems special to me because it is through Marla’s blog that I started reading Radical, which prompted me to give away the belt and Dani to buy it and to start this whole thing.  I suppose you could say she’s the founding sisters’ momma.  Or something.  In any case, I’m so glad she got behind this and even though she’s not a belt-wearer she got dolled up and posed for a picture, looking beautiful, I might add!  I love the “Blessed”!

May 28 more people be blessed!

Susan sent in an adorable picture of her dog with the belt.

May 28 more people be blessed!

One of our Canadian sisters Carolyn signed up for the belt but her daughter Leila really took ownership of their turn.  Carolyn wrote this summary up and it’s AWESOME.

On September 30, my then 10 year old daughter (she’s since turned 11); along with approximately 15,000 other students from across Ontario participated in We Day (http://weday.freethechildren.com/). We Day is a day-long event that ignites a year-long program for change, called We Schools in Action. It challenged the students to “Be the Change” and was Leila’s first introduction into social activism.

The founder of Free the Children (http://freethechildren.com/), Craig Kielberger, told the students about the day in 1995 when he was 12 years old that he saw a headline in a local paper about a boy in Pakistan just his age who had been sold into slavery at age 4 and spent the next 6 years chained to a carpet-weaving loom before being freed. The boy, Iqbal, was murdered at age 12 for speaking out about the rights of children. Craig, with the help of a small group of students in his Grade 7 class, started Free the Children which has since grown into the world’s largest network of children helping children through education.

It was just a couple of weeks before Leila’s trip to We Day that Amy and Dani came up with the idea of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Belt in support of Blood:Water Mission. I have been following Amy’s blog for a few years and (as I have been many times before) was inspired by her ability to listen to God’s call and put it into action. I signed up immediately and waited for our turn with the belt.

At the same time Leila’s teacher was explaining to the class that during her mission in Kenya with Free the Children, their project was to build a well outside a school. The well was meant not only to provide clean water but also to give young girls the opportunity to attend school instead of spending hours each day walking to a filthy river to bring water back to their families. Now the girls had the chance to get an education while still providing the water needed. As much as the children know how different their lives are from kids their own age in Africa, hearing a first-hand account from a speaker at We Day and seeing the video of their own teacher’s experience drove the idea home.

The “Sisterhood” could not have come at a better time; Leila’s eyes had been opened to the idea that by changing “me” to “we” a change for good could happen. Amy’s idea of a using the belt to make a significant change in the lives of many was a perfect example of the power of “Me” to “We”. Leila was so inspired that she took the belt to school and wrote her Concours (French public speaking) on Blood:Water Mission and the Sisterhood of the Traveling Belt.

More and more, I am realizing that all the small things I have passed off as coincidence are in fact very deliberate signs from God and because I have let my world get so busy I couldn’t see/hear them. My heartfelt thanks to Amy, Dani and the Sisterhood for reminding me to slow down and listen because He is calling and I would hate to miss the message.

May 28 more people be blessed!

This is Nancy in Michigan.  I just love the “Believe” in the background!  I just can’t tell you how much I love seeing the belt all across North America!

May 28 more people be blessed!

This is my friend Shelley’s daughter (I’m leaving out her name for security sake :) ). She looks absolutely adorable in her outfit she got to wear to school. I hope she got to share why she was wearing it!

If you’ve had the belt, please send me your pictures, I would love to post them!  I’m so encouraged every time I see a new one!

May 28 more people be blessed!

Catalina had her turn with the belt and has posted a recap on her blog. Check it out!

May 28 more people be blessed!

Donate Now for a Matching Gift

I’m so excited about an update from Blood:Water Mission I just received.  They have received a limited time grant where all donations over the next 30 days are 100% MATCHED.  That means your $28 will now impact 56 people!

If you have not made your donation, please consider going ahead and doing that in the coming weeks so we can make the biggest impact possible.  Blood:Water Mission is trying to raise $75,000 during this time and I’m so excited we could be a big part of that!

Alison and I met through the Radical Readalong that this whole thing started through and she has posted about her time with the belt!  Read about it on her blog along with many other great posts!

May 28 more people be blessed!

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