Lydia, Caleb, Natalie, and some neighborhood friends painted candy canes from 1pm until 6:30pm today. WOW! For those who don't know the story, a neighbor has cut out and sanded candy canes for families to put in their yards to show they are donating to the Darya Project. Awesome idea??? I think so too. Many hours of time and effort for a little orphan with Down Syndrome. Only God can do stuff like this.
Lydia's deadline is drawing near. You think she is getting concerned? As I am typing, she is in the foyer playing chase with Hope. Hope is squealing with delight. Nope, no worries. Lydia is still "faithing".
I thought it might interest you to know where the donations have come from....so for fun, here goes:
British Columbia Canada
(Forgive me if I left anyone out!)
If you are counting, half the states in our country have been represented in the Darya Project!!! 117 people have given....add that to the kids at school who bought the baked goods, the neighbors who bought baked goods, and the 20+ who came to the car wash.....200 people have given something to bring Darya home.
Today we received a $10.00 donation from a college student who doesn't have a job but wanted to give all she had on hand to give.........another family gave $500.00. A HUGE difference between the two gifts in the world's eyes, but not in God's eyes. Both gave what they could from hearts that are full of love and hope. Both gifts are needed to reach the $20,000.00 goal.....and both givers were selected by God. He is the One who is prompting the outpouring....even the unexplainable love for Darya is coming from Him. Does that stop you in your tracks? It does me.
Only eight days ago, she was a forgotten child. Today her name has been spoken by thousands. In twelve hours today, we had 2,000 hits to our blog. THIS IS CRAZY LOVE!!! The Darya Project makes no sense to a society that is often plagued by the "What Can You Do For Me Disease", but it makes perfect sense to our heavenly Father and to those who belong to Him. And through acts like this, maybe the world will be saved. That is my prayer....I know it is yours too.
"Let your light shine before men , that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." Matthew 5:16