Monday, May 30, 2011

Generosity and Gratitude

When I first heard about Rising Star Outreach my heart longed to go. Then when Becky Douglas(the founder) came to Las Vegas and spoke at a fireside, I knew I had to go. But I wasn't sure how on earth I could afford it. With the cost of flights alone being so expensive, on top of the amount volunteers needed to raise, and on top of that all my other traveling expenses around India it seemed out of my price range. And yet I felt like I should go, and so I took a leap of faith and signed up.
I've been praying for people to donate. And people have donated. People that I didn't expect donated. I am so amazed by people's generosity. I feel very blessed. This morning as I opened emails of people letting me know that they had donated I couldn't hold back the tears. I didn't expect so many donations and the outpouring of love I have received. I don't really have rich friends and family, and yet people donated. In this struggling economy, people donated. And for this all of you generous people will be blessed! Thank you! I know your contributions will make a difference in the lives of the people of India. Your generosity has touched my heart.

Friday, May 06, 2011

I am going to India!

I’m going to India as a volunteer for Rising Star Outreach ( I heard about this organization a few months ago from a friend of a friend and it sounded amazing. It sounds a bit crazy that I will going to a leprosy colony, but here is why:

Leprosy in India is considered a curse. Those who contract the disease are outcast from society and are often consigned to remote leprosy colonies where they have no choice but to beg for their survival. Rising Star Outreach helps these families by educating their children, offering medical treatment, and, using micro-credit, giving parents a way to go from begging on the streets to becoming self-sufficient. I am thrilled about this opportunity to serve these people. Here is a video you can watch about it:

I will be leaving for India the beginning of July. I have been asked to raise money for the organization and have my money in to Rising Star by May 29, 2011. If you would like to contribute to this amazing organization you can go to this link and put my name as the volunteer. I am sooo excited for this opportunity and will keep my blog updated with my adventures!