The power has been off a lot lately. The last outage lasted from about five this morning until eleven. Even in opening all the windows I couldn't escape the heat and my frozen stuff in my freezer started to sweat as much as I was.
On top of that, our water has started shutting off about five each evening which means you have to plan to wash dishes early and take afternoon showers.
But power outages always get me thinking:
About all the women and children who walk a mile each way to get water to cook and bath.
About the women who cook all their meals over a fire every day.
About the women and kids who work in the hot sun in the fields to provide food for their families.
About the kids who walk several miles to school every day in the hot sun.
About the smiles of those we built houses for--small, one room, no electricity or running water.
About how much I have to be thankful for.
The needs that we see everyday around us are the reasons we started The ECHO Project. If you haven't checked out what The ECHO Project has done this year, please do. Through many generous donations, we have been able to help with education needs, housing needs, micro loans for business, medical needs, and much more.
This month, we were able to buy school supplies--a big thanks to all the kids at The Fellowship in Katy, Texas--that will be distributed next month to kids in need. We are also in the process of setting up a store for David, our main evangelist, to enable him to be self-supporting.
THE SAFARI SHOP:
One of the new ways we are raising money for The ECHO Project is through a brand new on-line shop. We are selling stunning photographs of African Wildlife and from other places around the world that include wall art, bags, clothes, iPod covers, mouse pads, photo cards, and much much more. We'll have lots of new items available weekly. You can also make requests for specific items not yet available. The best part is that 100% of all profits will go directly to The ECHO Project.
You can check out some of the products below or visit the site here.
May we all be truly thankful for the blessings in our lives this Christmas season.