Letter #425: $200 Update

Dear $200,

I don’t typically write two letters to the same subject, but you deserve it. A week ago I wrote about how you seem small but have the ability to make a difference. Somehow I concocted a really crazy idea of how I was going to put you into somebody’s hands so they could go be a catalyst for good. Please read the initial idea to completely understand where I’m coming from.

When I turned my random idea into reality, I had no idea what was going to happen. I had a feeling when I informed people I was giving you away I’d get some extra page views for the day, but I wasn’t sure how many people would actually respond.

Readers, I’m happy to inform you we had six legitimate responders. Two of the six were Mama Roth and my sister, but I’m taking them out of the equation. Great ideas, but I’ve decided to invest outside of the Rother clan. Thus, we’re left with four. Here’s a quick rundown of our possibilities in no particular order:

  • Houston’s homeless: a friend of mine volunteers passing out food in downtown Houston. It’s starting to get cold (yes, Houston actually gets cold), and she is wanting to provide her friends with blankets.
  • Traffick911: another friend has started volunteering with this organization who’s on a mission to end sex trafficking of American children. Yes, this actually happens in the USA. She would like to use the money to help build Texas’ first safe house for juveniles.
  • Passion 2012’s quest against slavery: Since 1997, the Passion movement has operated with the desire to see spiritual awakening occur on college campuses around the world. Do Something Now is their way of connecting worship with justice to allow college students to make a difference. This year they have partnered with six organizations on a mission to set the 27 million people worldwide free who are currently in slavery. Passion 2012 is January 2-5. They have set a goal of raising one million dollars. Check out this video.
  • Uganda mission trip: a friend of mine is traveling here December 28th for two and a half weeks to work in New Life Homes where boys who used to be homeless can come to receive food, shelter and an education. They will also do ‘street reach’ where they will pass out basic goods to boys who have fled from abusive homes, been abandoned because of AIDS or have run away from the Lord’s Resistance Army all while sharing the Gospel. They are in need of a bit more support in order to make the trek.

Wow! I knew my readers were way cooler than I could ever be. More than them being cool, they are very tangibly making a difference and being catalysts for good in this depraved world. My eyes have been opened to new ways I can contribute and get involved in making a difference. More than that, I’m invigorated by the passion I see in my friends. In a world consumed by negative news, I’m elated to see normal, 20 something year olds impacting this world and the kingdom of God. Thank you for sharing your stories, dreams, hearts and causes.

Here’s the deal. My initial idea has gotten crazier. I’m still committed to giving you to one of these causes, but how do I choose? All worthy. All impactful. I don’t want to choose. I will if I have to, but how neat would it be if this community of readers could come together and bless all four of these? I can’t do that on my own, but I can be a catalyst and a venue for all of us to make this happen.

This started as a crazy idea and has turned into an even crazier one. I get that. I know what I’m asking for, but like I said in my initial letter, ‘You ($200) seem so small at times, and you are, but you are also a true testament to how small efforts can make a big difference.’

Readers, your small effort could be $50, $20, $5 or committing to praying for one or all of these causes. If we all commit small, I know the Lord can do big. I have no idea what’s going to happen with this, but I’m trusting the Lord is going to move and that all four of these causes are going to be impacted one way or another.

Prayerfully consider partnering with me to be a catalyst for good,

Believer in small commitments making big differences

Interested in joining: Email me at lindsay.rother@gmail.com about sending a check or hop on www.PayPal.com, click send money, type in your amount, click friends and family, enter my email address, fill out the rest of the information and the money is instantly put into my PayPal account. I promise this money will be distributed appropriately and a full update on exactly what happened will be posted later. Comment here or email me about committing to pray.

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I'm Lindsay. I write letters at least one a day to be exact. I love words of affirmation, the OKC Thunder, Oklahoma State, tempos with v-necks, ice water, garage sales, budgeting and Blue Bell. Processing life and quality conversation make me tick. I'm simple yet complex all at the same time. My family and friends mean more to me than the world, but my identity lies in Christ.

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