On this page, I'd like to share my heart passions so you can get to know me a little better and where I can share my "WHY" for entrepreneurship.
For me, success isn't about the money. It's about what money can do to serve others and having the time freedom to participate in meaningful projects.
You know, when I come across obstacles and challenges in business or I'm seeking a breakthrough and direction and it just seems draining, it's these projects and the people behind them, the kids, the communities I serve, that keeps me on track and on focus to press through, achieve more, and become a better me.
I have those I serve on a poster board that I look at everyday so I never forget who's counting on me.
I believe that in order to be successful, one has to have a vision, a dream, a purpose. Just paying the bills and buying a new car isn't motivation enough for individuals to do what it takes to succeed.
But rather, when other people are counting on you for their survival, literally food, water, medicine, clothing and shelter, or you can change a child's life by participating in something important for them, or being part of movement for something you believe in, these are heart passions.
And heart passions and appointments with destiny is what creates the "why" behind what I do.
Unselfish, meaningful, life giving and life inspiring projects and contributions will pave the way for you to remove any fears and challenges you have in succeeding in your entrepreneurship endeavors. If you find yourself struggling, find something that becomes a heart passion and you'll soon discover how easy it is to overcome and achieve.
FOSTER CHILDREN: LOVING THROUGH LIFEBOOKS
As you know if you've read my story at all, I was and continue to be a foster sister to over 400 children. Yes, my mom and dad have graciously and lovingly cared for 405 children (maybe more) over the years. My grandma and grandpa served as foster parents before that. I as well, was a foster mom for 13 years.
In working with foster children, almost 100% of time when they are delivered to my doorstep, they come with the clothes on their back and if they're lucky, they have a plastic garbage bag in tow filled with mismatched, wrong sized, stained pieces of clothing. They're scared.
Many of these precious children have been from home to home to home and have become numb to who they are, where they belong, where they fit in and have a distorted view of what a family should be. They have little to no self-esteem, no goals or hopes or dreams of ever being anything or anybody.
And the biggie…. society thinks it's the kid's fault. I have news for you. It's their parents' fault. Foster children are the victims and I'm standing tall for them! Foster kids rock!
I discovered through working with these children that they perk up and come alive through the creation of a lifebook about them. They discover who they are, what their value is, and where they belong through making a scrapbook of their life. (In foster care these books are called "lifebooks" rather than scrapbooks.)
I help them track down family photos and we write their stories. We document their time with me and my family in our home and expose them to family traditions, recipes, working and playing together and weave the message of God's love for them through Jesus Christ.
I see these kids begin to believe in themselves, take interest in new hobbies, do better in school, and learn to smile for the camera… as these will go into their lifebooks.
My mom and I were instrumental in taking the message and importance of lifebooks to the Kentucky state legislature and now it's mandate that every foster child in the State of Kentucky have a lifebook and it must be kept up and travel with the child.
I authored a book and live hands-on training for foster parents and social workers on how to make lifebooks for children in care. The course is called Loving Through Lifebooks. So, as you can see, I'm pretty serious about helping these precious children have their lifebooks. For most, it's all they have and it's their lifeline to their own life. They look at their books everyday, they absolutely love them. They are priceless to them.
If you are interested in making a donation for a child to have a book, contact me and I'll put you in touch with our local foster parents association.
Who We Are
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.
Who We Serve
Working in nearly 100 countries around the world, World Vision serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.
I sponsored my first child when I was 18 years old. I still have pictures and letters from her from all those years ago.
My sponsorship today Today I sponsor several children through World Vision and their pictures are front and center before me everyday. They are such a joy in my life and gives me a great deal of motivation when I run up against an obstacle in my business to solve the problem and move on.
Our giving (yours and mine) do make a difference. We are so blessed to be here in the United States although the needs of some are great within our borders. World Vision also serves the US.
There are many ways to give besides monthly sponsorship. Please visit the World Vision website and look around to see what may touch your heart.
Here's my gift catalog that I've created a page on for Christmas giving 2012 if you care to help me raise money.
What fun I have had every year packing up shoe boxes filled with love and gifts for children around the world through Operation Christmas Child. We've done this as a family tradition for years. But that's just one part of the fun and mission behind my heart passion.
I have enjoyed shopping for goats, cows, chickens to help a families produce their own food and sell the extra for an income. I'm all about teaching people to fish so they can eat for lifetime. Providing farm animals is one way to do that.
Also giving to water funding projects, be it for a community well or water for a school.
Or mosquito nets… or heart surgery… yes, the needs are great. There are so many other precious gifts that mean so much, from the simplest to the most complex.
I encourage you to visit the website and see what you can do. Maybe you'll find a heart passion there
The story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37) gives a clear picture of God's desire for us to help those in desperate need wherever we find them. After describing how the Samaritan rescued a hurting man whom others had passed by, Jesus told His hearers, "Go and do likewise."
Our emergency relief programs provide desperately needed assistance to victims of natural disaster, war, disease, and famine. As we offer food, water, and temporary shelter, we meet critical needs and give people a chance to rebuild their lives.
Our community development and vocational programs in impoverished villages and neighborhoods help people break the cycle of poverty and give them hope for a better tomorrow.
We impact the lives of vulnerable children through educational, feeding, clothing, and shelter programs that let them know they are not forgotten.
We provide first-class treatment in the Name of the Great Physician through our medical projects, as well as supplying mission hospitals with much needed equipment and supplies.
Samaritan's Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan's Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God's love through His Son, Jesus Christ.
This was taken directly from Samaritan's Purse website which I've put here for you to visit and respond.
WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT
The mission of Wounded Warrior Project® is to honor and empower wounded warriors.
To raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.
Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) began when several veterans and friends, moved by stories of the first wounded service members returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq, took action to help others in need. What started as a program to provide comfort items to wounded service members has grown into a complete rehabilitative effort to assist warriors as they recover and transition back to civilian life. Thousands of wounded warriors and caregivers receive support each year through WWP programs designed to nurture the mind and body, and encourage economic empowerment.
Wounded Warrior Project® is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization.
For more information on WWP, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.