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CONTEST *for* Orphans & Widows! {Widows + Orphans = My Heart}

I’ve done pretty good about resting on Sundays—until today. BUT it was Mission Martketplace at church and the widows and orphans of Zambia needed to be represented:)!!! SO…Addie and I represented again this weekend…
That was taken on an iPhone…so maybe you can still see it. Can you see what’s behind us??? CHILD SPONSORSHIPS!!! One of the things we need MOST and one of the hardest things for us to get–is to find families to commit to sponsoring our kids. The monthly commitment is just $39 a month. We got TWO children sponsored tonight (thank you Lord!) but we still have about 20 or so who need sponsors!!!

Wiphan was started just 3 years ago…and we’ve just had our 501 non-profit status for TWO years. It went from one friend of ours—to our family—to 3 more families…and we had a board! For awhile—it was just us + 450 orphans + 150 widows. We trusted the Lord to provide the thousands of dollars of month we would need to run–and He has always provided. Last year we started our sponsorship program to invite OTHER FAMILIES to join us! I would LOVE to see all TWENTY of our children who still don’t have sponsors sponsored by Friday!

OK—so how can you help?! We need voices! We need others who have hearts for orphans to speak with us! And if you have a blog—well, you have a voice and you probably have lots of readers!!! The MORE people we refer to the Wiphan site…the MORE people will find out about Wiphan and our sponsorship program!

Will you consider joining us and writing about Wiphan on your blog?! OK…so HERE’S THE CONTEST! Our Wiphan ladies will be checking the stats behind the scenes to see which blog is referring the MOST people! (Right now…it’s mine and weloveourlucy.blogspot simply because we posted pics of the t-shirts in a recent post!)…but we want YOU to be the winner! Because we want to see EVERY child sponsored!!! The blog that sends the most clicks our way (we’re able to view this in our stats WHERE they came from!) will win our NEW t-shirt…hot off the press…never before seen and super cool on a BURN OUT TEE! Here’s a SNEAK PEAK of the design…wiphan TEE
Imagine that on a CUTE white burn-out t-shirt! BUT EVEN BETTER…imagine if we got ALL our children sponsored so they could go to school, have a meal a day and be offered hope SIMPLY BECAUSE YOU BLOGGED ABOUT THEM! And look VERY CLOSE into Africa…what more do you see in the art??? Powerful huh?!

You can visit and you can copy and paste any of our information ON YOUR BLOG if you’re short on words! You can post the t-shirts on there one day…you could share one of our videos another! I’ll be posting a button for Wiphan tomorrow that you can add to your blog also to help drive traffic to our blog from yours too! And of course feel free to use any material we have on our website!

As you know–Zambia isn’t really open to adoptions…so for these kids–the only hope is for them to be cared for in country. We have TWO schools and 450 kids—with MANY MORE who would LOVE to be in our program. BUT before we can grow–we need to find sponsors for the children on our list. Many of our children waiting for sponsors are “older children”. Maybe you don’t qualify for adopting an older child–but you could sponsor one! Maybe your budget really is too tight–but you could blog about them and be their voice!

Each night beginning Monday—I’ll annouce the 5 blogs in order of the most referrals! Maybe some of you are like me and in the midst of a wait—wouldn’t this be a GREAT way to serve orphans while you wait!!! Maybe you just have a heart for the “least of these”—considering sharing Wiphan on your site and make the difference in the lives of orphans in Ndola, Zambia with a simple act of blog writing!

Tom Davis said in The Fields of the Fatherless “One person has the ability to completely revolutionize the life of an abandoned child, a foreigner, a single mom, or an elderly widow. Your creative energy could be the very thing that helps him or her keep going and even experience God’s love for the first time.”

Join us. We’d love to have you. And so would they. It could revolutionize their lives!
**The pictures above I took—and if you would like to use them on your blog to encourage people to visit please feel the freedom to do so. As long as it’s for Wiphan–we are ok sharing the images of our beautiful children. If you have trouble coping—you can click on the RSS feed on your screen and they should be able to be copy and pasted there. Thank you!!!!

Shannon - March 8, 2010 - 1:11 am

I know I don’t have a big following but I still posted…even if just one person feels moved….yay! I’m praying sponsorship for these babes by the end of the week~He can make it happen!

Elle J - March 8, 2010 - 2:11 am

Contest or no contest ~ a great post to nudge us to talk about this very real happening in our world. My post will be up soon. Praying for the calling of many.

Renea - March 8, 2010 - 7:43 am

Awesome stuff girlfriend!!! I don’t care if I win or not (even though that is an awesome shirt!), the children and widows are the important goal here! I’m going to post on my personal blog and our adoption advocacy blog (promoting sponsorship not adoption of course) 😉 and our facebook pages! 🙂 Go WIPHAN!! you rock girl! I can tell from personal experience and the girl we sponsor in Haiti, it’s magical to see what having a sponsor does for a child in need. It’s almost like being adopted for them. Their lives change from the possibilities given to them and it’s amazing to see!!!

Shannon - March 8, 2010 - 9:53 am

I’m sharing on my blog! Like Ellie said, contest or no contest … I’m glad to do what I can to spread the word. Wiphan and our sponsor child have been heavy on my heart this weekend. I need to talk to you about some stuff soon, my friend!! 🙂

Megan - March 8, 2010 - 12:52 pm

I’m off to our next homestudy interview, so I don’t have time right now…but I will when I get home. I agree…contest or no contest this is important! I’ll be back!

julie@Flitterbugs - March 8, 2010 - 3:40 pm

I’ve shared about you on facebook…gets the word out to more! I love that you care for the orphan…not “just” the precious children. Waiting on my shirt to arrive…I think it is the BEST advertising!