TEN for TEN in TEN for Taylor!
LATEST NEWS!! The Dewberrys are FULLY FUNDED, Pending $5K!! See below!!
The TEN Thousand for TEN Thousand in TEN days for Taylor actually turned into a Three Day Extravaganza! When we first felt impressed to sponsor Taylor and fund raise for the Dewberrys, we knew that there was no way we could raise the money. Not only was it a large amount, but it was a large amount due in a short time! (Taylor was sponsored just TWO weeks ago!) However, God knew just the right people to send to support the Dewberrys–people like Julia Nalle, Patti Rice, Deanna Jones, Denise Collins, Anonymous Donors with matching grants, and others who joined in to help with this truly urgent need! Julia Nalle issued a TEN for TEN in TEN challenge to hopefully bring in $1,000 a day for ten days. We never made it past the third day because the:
1st day total was: $3,865.81
2nd day total was: $2,523.54
3rd day total was: $5,329.90
The three day total was: $11,719.25!!!
How did this happen??? It was obviously a God thing and something only He could do, but in His wisdom, He chooses to use people, and those people have to choose to listen. Thank you to every one of you who listened and reached out to Taylor and the Dewberrys in their time of crisis! If you feel you were only a small part, please remember that ALL donations, big or small, are a blessing, and God looked at the widow’s mite as very precious because she gave even in the midst of her need.
With that in mind, we want to highlight a special group of young people. On Sunday, we received a donation from the youth choir at Calvary Baptist Church of Smyrna, GA. These young people wanted to do something to help someone in need, and their choir director, Sheila Price, encouraged them to consider helping an orphan–something which could have a huge impact in the life of a desperate child. She also told them that there would be no offerings taken up–that anything donated should be given from their heart and from their own resources anonymously over a period of a few weeks. The youth choir president, Nathan Hadden, collected the donations, and when the total was added, it was $238! Our hearts were so touched when we received the donation! We knew this was given in sincerity and cheerfully. At the time it was received, there was a $2,000 matching grant challenge, and this donation was enough to finish meeting the match, and $128 dollars of it was essentially doubled. In the end, God multiplied their $238 and turned it into $366! God has a way of doing that! We never know how even a “small” donation can touch someone else or make a bigger impact than we expected! Thank you Calvary youth choir for reaching out and caring about a precious orphan! May God multiply your generosity back to you!
As for the Dewberrys, with promised grant money, they are actually $76.02 OVER the amount they calculated for their need as of this posting, but they do have a couple of prayer requests!
1. The cost for renting an apartment in the area where Nicole Dewberry will be staying has been increased to around 10 times the normal amount due to the Euro Cup, and they are praying that they don’t end up with an exorbitant apartment cost during Nicole’s nearly two month stay. This possible expense has not been taken into account in their amount needed. Please pray that the rent will not become an issue!
2. In the latest update we heard, the paperwork from the last $5,000 that is part of the $10,000 matching grant is in process, but it is still possible that it will not be available until the very end of Nicole Dewberry’s stay in country. Please pray that it reaches them in time! We will keep you updated on progress if further fundraising is needed!
Taylor will remain on our home page as a sponsored orphan at least through the weekend as we are making plans for a new transition. Thank you all for your part in making a HUGE difference in Taylor’s life! We are excitedly awaiting her arrival HOME!
PREVIOUS UPDATE: In the first two days, $6,389.35 has come in for the matching grant!
1st day total was: $3,865.81
2nd day total was: $2,523.54
As of this posting, $7,063.15 has come in, leaving the amount needed to reach the $10,000 goal at $2,936.85!
Once this grant has been matched, the Dewberrys will only need $1,763.23 to be funded, provided the second $5,000 grant arrives in time as we are trusting God to do. We will keep you posted on the progress! Thanks so much for any part you have had in sharing about the Dewberry’s need or donating to bring Taylor home! Please check out the following blogs for some exciting giveaways for donors!
Yesterday morning, as the Dewberrys were only 12 days away from travel and still needed about $22,000, it seemed ripe for a miracle, and God has sent one! We are very excited to announce that we learned from Julia Nalle that an anonymous donor has stepped up and offered a $5,000.00 matching grant, PLUS their employer will MATCH that grant with another $5,000.00!
This would be a total of $10,000.00 in matching funds, which would double to nearly meet their need! The fundraiser for this matching grant started earlier today, and in one day nearly $4,000 has come in! Their current need has dropped to a little under $18,000.
Julia Nalle announced the matching grant on her blog and has issued a TEN for TEN in TEN days challenge! You can visit her blog here: http://www.covenantbuilders.blogspot.com We have one day down, and around $4,000 came in! Can we reach $6,000 more in the next nine days?
All we need to raise is $10,000.00, and the Dewberry’s will be almost FULLY FUNDED! After the $10,000 is raised, the first $5,000 will be provided from the anonymous donor. The second $5,000 will be provided after the paperwork is processed for the employer match, but it may take a couple of months to arrive. Nicole Dewberry plans to be in country for around 50 days, so we are looking to God to work out the perfect timing. We will keep you informed as things progress.
In the meantime, any help you can provide to this family to help them bring Taylor home would be a tremendous blessing! Even your small donation could make a big difference!
**Also, there is a giveaway on this blog for those who make donations. Please check it out for more details! http://www.onelittlestarfish.blogspot.com
**In addition, there is a Mac Pro Laptop giveaway on this blog!!!! Check it out! http://babynumber10.blogspot.com/2012/06/dream-come-true.html
**More details and another giveaway can be found on Julia Nalle’s blog: http://www.covenantbuilders.blogspot.com
Please spread the word and blast this exciting news wherever you can! The Dewberrys are very grateful! Thank you for helping to bring Taylor home!