Monday, May 19, 2008


We have been learning the last few months since we moved here to Round Rock, what it means to give/think of others. We started off in February by heading down to Giddings once a month to help them hand out food with their Food Pantry. In February, both Perryn and Teagan were more interested in playing in the sand pit than they were in helping. However, March, April, and May have been much better. They both enjoy helping. Perryn likes to help sort and bag the food, Teagan likes to help carry the baskets to the cars of those we are helping.

A few weeks ago, we went to Hill Country Bible Church in Hutto to hear Jacob Vanhorn preach. We have been trying to hook up with him for several weeks if not a month or so. While we were there, they announced their 'Baby bottle' initiative to help the local pregnancy advocacy center. We took a bottle, brought it home, and filled it with our loose change. I kept trying to explain what a pregnancy center was and how it helped young women who got pregnant, but I wasn't sure Perryn really understood. I think it began to click when we dropped the bottle off at the church office on Thursday as we were on our way to Taylor to drop off a baby shower cake.

Well, on Friday, after having a long day of running errands and such. I was a tired mommy, but my heart almost melted when I heard these words, "Mommy, I have a great idea. Let's go get some baby stuff so we can give the pregnancy place a present." As much as I did NOT want to go back out into the heat, I knew we needed to act quickly on Perryn's idea. So she picked out the pink polka dot bag and we headed to Target to find a few things to put in it. We had to wait until today to deliver the package. However, before we could, Perryn had to make them a card to go with it. (I forgot to take a picture of it...bummer it was cute with lady bugs). Anyways, here are some pictures of her delivering the present.

In the backseat when we arrive to the Agape Pregnancy Resource Center in Round Rock. Having her picture taken by the office manager.
Teagan waiting patiently for us to be finished.
Perryn having her picture taken with the Child Advocate.

Well, I have been doing some learning as well. We have some friends, the Henrys and the Weirs, that started an organization called the Red Letters Campaign. As I have been researching their website, I have also felt led to read the book that inspired their organization. Holy cow, Have I been BLIND!! I find myself becoming more and more aware of the people around me here in the Austin area, but now the people who are thousands of miles away as well. I am not finished with the book, but I am already being convicted that I need to be doing more to help end extreme poverty and helping those who are infected with HIV/AIDS.
I would like to encourage you to head over to the Red Letters Campaign to see more about what they are doing. They are partners with Children's Hope chest which is working diligently to end extreme poverty and HIV/AIDS. Please go check out both websites and even pick up the book to read. I was happy to be able to be in on a conference call with the author Tom Davis, and his vision is right on. Gabe and I are praying as to how God wants to use us with red letters/children's Hope chest. It may come in the form of my small business. Please head over to that blog and check out the new things God has shown me to do. I am praying that God will do something REALLY BIG with my little business that only He can take credit for. How awesome that will be. Blessings and I look forward to sharing more with you as I learn.

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Kristyn said...

Wow, I'm so impressed with your ability to get involved and reach out right where you live...and y'all haven't even been there long. but most of all how you're already talking and demonstrating to your children ways to serve!

Wendi said...

Amazing lessons you are teaching your children! Thanks for that reminder. You guys have always been givers, but it is wonderful to see you giving so much to those who can not give back.
And thanks for the free plug!
co-founder Red Letters Campaign

Bethany said...

Wow! So cool what y'all are doing around here already.
Our church has a huge support system for Agape Pregnancy Center. It's cool to see you getting involved with them as well. Great ministry!

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