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Car service and help Feed the 5,000 at the same time?

by Feed the 5,000 | 09.13.2011 | 1 comment | Posted in General

On Demand Auto Repair is holding a special fundraising event for Feed the 5,000 this Saturday, September 17, in Silverdale. The event will include:

  • A $1/ticket raffle basket for a Date Night Basket! All proceeds from ticket sales will go to Feed the 5,000.
  • Sponsor or become and advocate at the event and get entered in to win a $500 tune up by On Demand Auto Repair.
  • Discounted Service Vouchers for brake repairs!

The event will be held at the Fast Signs Shopping Complex across from new Grocery Outlet – 9460 Silverdale Way, Silverdale, WA.

You can read more about the event on Facebook and RSVP here.

Hope to see you there!

Feed the 5,000

One Response to “Car service and help Feed the 5,000 at the same time?”

  1. Laura says:

    We have been sponsoring kids for the last two years and I’ve been an advocate for the last year for 5 kids. I have 3 to go, but I’m not giving up! I was reading this blog last week and it was SO inspiring. Here’s an 11 year old kid KICKING MY BUTT at advocacy! (not that it’s a competition, but his success was intriguing and inspiring)

    And then it got me thinking: we adopted our little sponsor children as companions for our own two boys to grow up with side by side. 2 years ago, we decided we were sick of the “I want, I want, I want” mentality we could feel growing in our 4 and 6 year old sons; especially during the Christmas season. We decided to spit ourselves out of the material Christmas fiasco and we had our own personal Advent Conspiracy where we put Christ’s mission back in the center of Christmas for our family. We decided to sponsor two little boys the same age, born in the same month as our own boys. We work very hard to tie the sponsorship experience into our daily lives so that our kids get that impact and grow up with an awareness of sacrificial love for other people. It’s very easy to remember their birthday’s because they are close to our boys’. We cut down the present budget in our house (who really needs more electronic junk to rot your mind anyway…) so that we can give special donations above and beyond our monthly giving on their birthdays and Christmas. They love their kids and write to them and send them toys… why not let them advocate for other kids?

    I simply had not thought of it. So we talked about it right away and they were very excited. I was working the FT5K table the next day at the Sunday service and my 8 and 6 year old sons volunteerd to work it with me. They picked 5 sweet faces out of the stacks and stacks of desparate kids, and their advocacy has begun!

    So that night we all sat down after dinner and began reading the profiles of these five kids we were going to take on. And then the most unexpected thing happened. We had just finished reading the first child’s profile; a seven year old boy from Malawi. We we’re about to pick up the next one when my husband said to my son: “Well I think you just found your first sponsor.” We kinda looked around like “huh?” And he said “this one is MINE.”

    It was so spontaneous. I’d been wanting to take on another child, but feeling like we shouldn’t yet. We want to get another little girl the same age as our daughter when she is old enough to understand so I had it in my mind that we would help another child then. When it’s convenient for us…when it’s good for us and our daughter… Not God’s logic.

    So here come’s my husband out of the clear blue sky ready and willing to accept a tug on his heart. I was so happy I almost cried. I’m not sure he even knew what he was doing because he just did what he felt God telling him to do. Talking about it later that night, the story got better.

    As he looked at the little boy’s face in the profile picture and after appolgizing all over himself for jumping out in front of me like that without a conversation about a financial decision, he began telling me why he thought he might have been drawn to the little child. He explained that the little boy looked very much like his own older brother when he was little. His older brother was killed in a car crash about 15 years ago when he was about 20 and my husband was 18. They were the best of friends.

    And it dawned on me; this sponsorship is redeeming some very sad and lost relationship in my husband’s heart and it is saving a life even as one was lost. God has such a beautiful way of making full circles. I am amazed how He can take a loss so deeply personal and redeem it to help heal the world. No matter how many times He demonstrates that principle to me, I am always, always amazed.

    So our boys have 4 kids left to find homes for, I have three to go, and we now have three sponsored kids of our own! What a Merry Chirstmas well spent. How better to celebrate the God who came as a poor child, than to pour out ourselves to save poor children. “For whatever you have done to the least of these, you have done to me.”

    God will stretch and grow us and provide for this third sponsored child, because we are putting his priorities ahead of our own. That’s just the way He works. He’s done it for me so many times, I wonder why I forget? And our kids our on the mission. Thank you, Karsten for inspiring our family to go bigger, set the bar higher and let the kids more fully share in the blessing of advocacy. You were the little spark that a week ago ignited a fire. It was a pleasure to meet you and your dad at the table last week. I thought you’d appreciate hearing how much your story has really made a difference. Real kids and real grown ups are changed by our actions. In desperate places around the world, and right here where we live and go to church. Thanks for jumping in, and telling your story. Keep up the great work! We’re right there with you!

    the FASTCarr team

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