Warming the Cockles of My Heart...
In the midst of awful daily world news… In the middle financial struggle to keep offering our services in Nicaragua while encouraging volunteers to return… In struggling with the world’s environmental crisis… there come moments when supposedly “insignificant people” show their commitment and love in ways that make a difference*… that warm the cockles of my heart, as the old saying goes. They give us hope.
Here is a sampling of those making a difference:
- Two girls, ages 10 and 8, children in an Asheville church, have held cupcake sales with the proceeds coming to our work.
- A couple who’ve been silently on our mailing list for 15 years just sent in their first cash contribution.
- A donor who unexpectedly received a financial windfall, passed it on to us and enabled us to make it through September.
- A friend asked for her birthday gifts to be donations to our work instead of things for herself.
- A financially-strapped supporter is walking miles, throughout the Fall, with pledges-per-mile coming to our work.
- A quarterly donor, who realized they’d already sent a check for third quarter 2019 after already writing another one, sent the second one anyway.
- A Rotary Club with a District Grant for work on the educational room at the Nueva Vida Clinic, chose to add enough from their own Club’s funds to make it actually start to happen.
- A retiree, needing to send a RDA (Required Distribution Amount) somewhere, chose to send it to us as a 501(c)(3) donation.
- A South African guest staying at Casa Ben Linder offered to work as a clinic volunteer while in Nicaragua.
- A concerned Mission/Outreach committee member has written that she is taking our work and its needs to leadership for inclusion in the church's annual budgets.
- A supporter living only on social security, with no financial cushion, keeps sending in her monthly $25.00.
- Long-time supporters are hosting Becca and family on the road, offering meals and hospitality and responding to the updated news she brings.
ALL help matters. When you help, your responses* help our Nicaraguan neighbors and warm the cockles of my heart. I am grateful. We are grateful. The poor whom we serve are grateful.
*If you want to contribute to this work online, https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/jhc-cdca