For those of you who are new readers, in February I hosted a ‘blanket party’ to benefit the people that my sister Sophie is working with in Ethiopia right now. Over $4000 was raised. Part of the money was earmarked to buy blankets for moms who are too poor to even be able to afford a baby blanket for their newly arrived little ones. Part of the money went towards a new washing machine for the hospital. Another portion of the money went to fund surgeries for poverty-stricken patients at that hospital. And the last $500 of the money was earmarked to be delivered to Dr. Mary, an amazing doctor who for years has worked with the desperately poor in the Soddo area.
Today I got an email from my sister Sophie saying that she was finally able to deliver that money to Dr. Mary. Dr. Mary is a hard-driving, practical, efficient dynamo of a woman. When Sophie presented her with the money she was quiet for a moment. Then she told Sophie that because of the price of food she had been on the brink of discontinuing a feeding program that she herself had been funding for a group of destitute families living up in the mountains near Soddo. She told Sophie that now — because of YOUR money, my dear readers — she would be able to continue feeding those families.
So there you have it. Your money out in the world doing good.
My heart is full today.