by Lizzie Wirgau
When we looked at our budget for 2013, I knew we would have to work very hard to meet it. With the success of our video fundraising campaign in 2012, I knew that was something we should do again. But how much to raise? I started to pray about it. And, as God has (thankfully!) done so much in the last 18 months, He put an answer on my heart: $10,000. Yikes. That’s a lot of money. Especially when we’re depending on donations from individuals. But five weeks later, we raised a total of $15,215. Overwhelmed and grateful… that’s how I feel. This campaign was such a beautiful example of how God can use each one of us to make a difference.
Market Colors is such a great blessing to me. It shows me that God is very much at work in our lives today. It also encourages me. All the encouragement from our supporters, new and old, shows me that there are people who are passionate about making change happen. There are so many people excited to fight for those without a voice.
Market Colors looks different than I first thought it would. I don’t think I knew that this type of support would drive our organization so much. While our main goal is to give opportunity to craftsmen, the craftsmen alone aren’t the only people we depend on. Our supporters are the ones who have allowed us to equip these men and women. Both the craftsmen and our supporters encourage us. The craftsmen make us want to work hard. Our supporters make us feel… well, supported. And that they believe in what we’re trying to do, as crazy as it may feel some days.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you for believing in the work we are doing. Market Colors will be able to make an impact for 500 craftsmen in 2013 because of your financial commitment and your ceaseless prayers.
For those who gave, you will be receiving your perks throughout the next few weeks and months (depending on the perk.) To everyone, we cannot wait to share with you what God will do through Market Colors in 2013.
Together we can transform lives of African craftsmen.