I've mentioned my concept of FOUND MONEY. It's a theme that presents itself again and again in my life. Perhaps we're more aware once we've been introduced to the concept.
I've also mentioned my thoughts about finding some advertisers. The revenue would allow me to do some things to improve this blog or to take you along on little adventures. I've got an idea wall full of possibilities including Popcorn, Indiana; the world's largest ball of twine in Darwin, Minnesota and perhaps the Union Star Cheese Factory tour in Fremont, Wisconsin! Exciting stuff.
The Idea Wall.
You know how much the Farmer and I love to travel. We've been to some wonderful places including our trip to Belize and Guatemala to celebrate our 25th anniversary.
Stick with me now, I'm going to tie all these things together, I promise! It's a strange and twisting journey.
Our travel in Guatemala was a two edged sword. The people were wonderful, the military type presence was frightening and the poverty was saddening. The people were poor but not impoverished and there is a difference. They had faith and they were very family oriented. The saddest thing to see were the physical deformities and ailments that seemed to be everywhere. I would say to myself, "That problem would be fixed in 15 minutes in the U.S." There are deformities that are unheard of in the U.S. because of our medical care. I don't care what you want to say about our system, it is LIGHT YEARS away from anything available in a third world country.
Right there, standing in that jungle, looking at a child with a withered leg, I made a promise to myself. If I ever had a chance to help one of these children, I would.
And now, the rest of the story.
When we returned from our latest trip I was contacted by a marketing group looking to place an ad on my blog. I checked them out and they were reputable and carry products that I would support. And so we entered into an agreement. I placed the ad and money was transferred to my PayPal account. All was well. I thought about how the revenue could be used. My first thought was for a field trip down the old Route 66, stopping at every diner along the way. But I wasn't paying attention to the fact that this was found money. It was money that was not mine to keep. I was simply paid based on my readership numbers. That is found money by definition.
But like I said, I wasn't paying attention. Therefore, God smacked me up side of the head. HA. The very next day I was reading through my reading list, catching up on blog entries I'd skipped while on vacation. I clicked into Trish Sowers blog, Sowers4Pastors.
They do wonderful things, like building bridges. That entry is not for the faint of heart. Think Indiana Jones and swinging rope bridges.
I've been reading Trish for over a year and I've never, EVER heard her ask for anything. Mind you, they live in the poorest area in Honduras and she endures alot. She's never asked for anything for herself or for others. The VERY day after I received the found money she posts a request entitled, "Blatant Plea for Help". God smacked me. Remember that promise you made to yourself in Guatemala? Recognize the found money now?
My advertising revenue has found a new home. It will help a young Honduran child received a much needed operation.
I will ask if you can also help because a very small amount of money (even $5) can literally help to save this child's life. His name is Elder Rivera. I will warn you that the photo in the link is graphic. But life is graphic and trouble is graphic. Elder is a two year hydrocephalic. He requires an operation to insert a valve that will continually drain the fluid. The operation is $500. I can't imagine what it would be in the U.S., probably $30,000. Regardless, it's a fortune to these rural farmers.
I can vouch for Trish. When you donate there's a place to denote that your money is going to Elder Rivera's surgery. Can you help Elder? Can you support Trish and her husband in their request? Do you have any found money to share? Anything above and beyond the cost of the surgery itself will be used to help the family with things such as travel and after-care.
HERE'S HOW YOU CAN HELP
I want this blog to be a instrument for good, not just for "numbers" that would entice advertisers but numbers that might connect to others who are willing to help. I believe blogging can be about putting people together and sharing for the benefit of all.
Yesterday Vee said, "It's important to remember that there is a plan and that the Lord is still in control." That is very true but we must listen and figure out how we fit into the plan or how we can be a conduit.
If you can't donate, can I ask you to you pray for this family? Thanks!