Why I Do What I Do–And What You Can Do to Help

Some of you know this, but there are so many newcomers that I thought I’d share again.

I don’t write this blog to make myself famous or to raise money for myself.  I love you guys, and I love helping you, but its not my first priority.  No, I do this, teach the classes and sell the books–all to raise money for missions.  Guatemala and Mozambique, to be specific.  In the past I’ve used the money raised on this site to help fund 5 different mission trips.

But now we receive very disturbing reports from our people in Africa.  (I warn you that before you read further–these are not easy things to hear.)  Crops are failing and people are facing starvation at frightening rates.  These people who live with very little, now have absolutely nothing.  These are not lay-a-bouts.  These are people who planted crops–but a drought has descended and now the crops have failed.  Cholera is spreading through several countries and poisoning the water.  People have taken to eating unripe mangoes–which gives them diarrhea and adds to the malnutrition.

One church leader recently lost his two year old daughter to starvation.  One of our workers who works with babies has over 300 infants on her doorstep–most of which are starving, too weak to even cry.  They also report that the famine is spreading at such a rate that they are seeing horrific things.  Recently a man in a neighboring village was arrested for murdering his son and eating him–and trying to sell him as well.   I wish that wasn’t a one-time story, but it isn’t.  We’re hearing reports of that in multiple locations.

The price of staples has risen 5x in the past few months.  We’ve seen some of that here at home, but it doesn’t impact us as much as it does there.  They can’t even keep farm animals like chickens (eggs are a great source of protein) because the grain to feed them is too expensive.

This isn’t confined to one location.  This is happening over several countries in Eastern and Southern Africa.  We’re hearing reports of people with a little money left crossing borders to buy food in neighboring countries–which only removes what few resources were there for the locals and creates more discord between neighboring groups.  We can’t even disclose the exact location of our people–as if it was discovered they were getting help, there would be riots in the area over the food.  Yes, we’ve seen that in the past and are taking what steps we can to prevent it in the future.  Its that bad.

We are raising money right NOW to help.  If you’d like to donate, please contact me.  There are several ways you can help.  First, you can donate money outright. Second, you can purchase a copy of my book.  Third, you can sign up now for my next class in January–which will be in Clermont County.

If you’d like to purchase a copy of my book, you have three options.  You can purchase it in paperback form at Lulu.com for $18.95.  I make $10 from that purchase, and that full $10 will be donated to the Africa food drive.  You can purchase the ebook from Lulu.com as well, for $12.  This is the exact same format as the paperback, just in .pdf form.  As with the others, I make $10 from each purchase.  Or, you can purchase the exact same guide for $10 over at Payloadz.com–the only difference is that it comes in a Word document.  I earn the full $10 and all $10 goes straight to Africa.

I will take all of the donations and purchases and forward them to my church, the Vineyard in Florence, for them to distribute to their parties in Africa to purchase food and supplies for the people there.  
Please, I know we all are seeing budgets stretched.  But if you can donate even $5, it will go soooo far there!