Tuesday, August 2, 2011

"I can do all things, through Christ who gives me STRENGTH!!!!"

There's something awesome about the number 200.

It's a popular focal length (200 millimeters) in Photography.

200 Bucks is a nice chunk of money.

It's also the amount of Likes we have on Facebook.

To tell the story of how all this has come about in full detail, it would take a novel. But I'll try and shrink it down to the most important bits.

One flight ticket to Ukraine was a ticket to a life-change. One trip to a Ukrainian Orphanage planted the seed of Orphan Care in one guy's heart. That one teen came back with an idea. He turned that idea into a ministry called Speaking for the Silent. They got to meet some awesome people. Make some awesome friends. In short, it was just awesome.

Then they went out on a limb and wanted to try and spread the word. Que those awesome friends and partners, supporting them like crazy all over the internet. Was it always a clear, trail-blazin' trail ride on well-groomed Stallions getting to that 200 likes? hardly. But it was WORTH it.

And now they sit in awe at the fact they hit 200 likes literally through sheer will-power, God Power, and friends that love 'em.

If I thanked literally every single person that has supported us, I don't know if I'd fit it into a post. Frankly, I'm willing to bet there are people I don't even know supported us that prayed us through and helped us a long the way. And to all those people  I don't have the pleasure of knowing, thank you. You've lifted one teen's spirits and kept me going.

Thanking all those that I do know.... Where do I even begin? God. "From the Rising of the Sun to its Setting, the name of the LORD is worthy of praise." If it weren't for him, I wouldn't be here, in more ways than one. I wouldn't have gotten to go to Ukraine. I wouldn't have met Sonya. I wouldn't have started Speaking for the Silent. I definitely wouldn't have made it to 200 likes alongside my teammates. Heck, I wouldn't even exist. Soli Deo Gloria.

If God's my Heavenly Parent, my next thanks easily go to my earthly parents. My supporters when I had no idea that I'd ever even consider letting orphan ministry into my life to now. In it to win it. Sticking it through with me to the end. If I didn't have their backup, input, and morals instilled in me, I'd DEFINITELY not know what Orphan Care really means.

There are so many friends I can and will try to thank. My sister Elizabeth, Taylor, Molly, CareBear (Shawna and Lindsay's Momma!), Sarah, the Lindquist Family, John and Amy Hinz, TONS and Tons of family and friends. My cup overfloweth.

And last but certainly not least I have you to thank, my beloved followers. If it were not for YOU this would not have been possible. Thank you for continuing to speak with me, for those who have no voice and not only need, but deserve to be spoken for and loved. Let's keep moving along and doing what we love, and I know that through Christ, we will do GREAT things!


  1. YAHOOO!!! I'm so happy for you guys! I can't wait to see what God continues to do through your ministry!!

  2. And 211!!! You went over!! :)

  3. Awesome! More catch up "reads" for me! Knew about the 200+ likes - just missed the post!