"He is before all things, and in Him, all things hold together." -Colossians 1:17
This has always been one of my favorite verses. Twelve words, each one full of deep truth. And, once again, He showed His stuff this week. In Him, this thing called Project Education, holds together.
Many of your received my "final plea" email Friday night. We never stopped believing that He would fund Term Two for these kids. But, boy, were we tired and worn that night. Thank you for reading past my exhaustion, and believing with us.
Because, He funded it FULLY through your gifts.
Friday night, we needed $16,000 to fund Term Two and send all of the students to school on Sunday.
By Saturday night, we had over $30,000 in one-time donations...more than enough to pay for this term, and a deposit for the following term!
We also asked that you would consider becoming a monthly sponsor for a student, because truly, that is what sustains our education program long-term.
And, guess what? Out of the 100 students unsponsored on Friday night, 33 of those have been taken care of! We have 67 to go!! This is a really good ratio for the four days since that email.
Not only did every student return to school (237 of those precious ones!), but we got to say YES to four more students, who were longing to join them, and needed to repeat some coursework before graduation.
Within twelve hours of the bus pulling away, they were added to the list of His Chase students, and supplies were gathered for their term at boarding school.
Do you understand what this means??
God is still growing this thing!
God is still teaching us that He knows no bounds when it comes to these kids.
God is still showing everyone that in HIM, all things hold together.
God is still adding to this growing list of families and loving friends who hear the call to take care of orphans and are DOING IT, one child at a time.
Thank you for joining us. Thank you for praying. Thank you for giving.
And, if you haven't yet, there are still needs. We don't say that because we are greedy. It's just the truth. :)
Remember, 100% of what you give goes to the education, nutrition, and spiritual discipleship of these kids. 100%.
After all, these are all God's resources anyway. And, I'm pretty sure He's ready to bless the socks off those who give it all back to Him to use for His glory and for His kids.