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Judy's Kilimanjaro 2020 Food Campaign
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I couldn't be more excited to be climbing to the top of Africa for the country of Rwanda, and more specifically to provide food for its children! Rwanda and its beautiful, resilient people brought me back to life. Their ability to experience the darkest dark and be so filled with the purest light resurrected my spirit and gave me something to care about. Their love, compassion, hospitality and their model of forgiveness set my heart and life in a direction I couldn't have known. Prior to my first visit there in 2017, I had been sole caregiver to my husband for more than a decade as he lived and suffered with the cruelest disease, Lou Gehrigs Disease. After his death in 2016, it felt like my heart stopped beating too. I was left traumatized, deeply grieved and completely emptied out...exhausted. I needed time to heal and rest. Eventually I began to pray for God to make my heart burn for something. Anything! To give it reason to beat again..to live again. To give me a purpose and a passion for something of meaning. I had the opportunity to go to Rwanda in 2017 with a team of women from IF:Gathering and although I did not really know why I was going..and even considered dropping out several times...I went. I remember the moment that I set foot on the tarmac in Kigali because I immediately felt something begin to stir in my chest. My heart began to come alive. I knew something was happening. I knew a change was starting. Throughout my visit God worked healing miracles every day and by the time I left Rwanda that first trip my heart was aflame with new life. I was leaving a different person than I arrived and I havn't looked back. Today, I am honored to sponsor my sweet dream boy, Jean Baptiste, through school and so far, two women through vocational training. And now, I get to climb a mountain so that children, whose reality is often not knowing where their next meal is coming from, can eat. I invite you to partner with me in impacting precious lives in Rwanda by supporting my climb. I am personally raising money to provide over 20 thousand meals and my entire team has a goal to provide over 200 thousand meals!!! I cannot do it without help. Your help! Please, I covet your prayers as I train and prepare for the climb but I also need financial partners. Donations are tax deductible and oh so easy! Just click the link!
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Campaign Success Stories
A Father-Daughter Climb for College Students
After our family travelled to Rwanda together in 2012, we had been seeking out the next big thing that we could do with Africa New Life. Hearing about the 2017 Kilimanjaro climb that the group of women accomplished definitely put the climb on our radar. So when the idea was floated about a 2018 “guys” climb, it was not only an easy “yes!”, but we decided to make it an epic “father-daughter” climb!! The trip was especially exciting for us because we are not regular hikers or climbers, so committing to this endeavor was definitely something that was outside of our comfort zone.
Fundraising specifically for college scholarships was close to our hearts because Payton is heading to college in the fall and as a father, I have seen the tremendous impact that college has had on my oldest daughter, who is completing her junior year.
Opportunities to attend college for American students are plentiful, but this is not the case for Rwandan students. As we “Climbed for Education” and spread the word about our fundraiser through social media, word-of-mouth and personal contact, we were blessed to witness sacrificial giving from our friends and family. Funds continued to come in even after we came home and we were pleased to have raised over $10,000 to help Rwandan students attend college. As a climbing group, the total raised was over $100,000!
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7th Grader Tatum Raised $3,500 to Build a Well
I traveled to Rwanda with Africa New Life in 2014, when I was 11. Driving on the dirt roads toward Kageyo, I noticed how many children were walking along the roads with dirty yellow canisters. Later I found out they were five-gallon jugs they use to carry mud-filled, contaminated water home. They were my age and even younger, walking 10 miles for nasty water!
I had so much, and those kids didn’t have anything. I knew I had to do something. Actions speak louder than words. Back in America, I got five of my friends together and we planned a walk-a-thon to buy a well in Kageyo. We called it the Walk for Water. We got sponsors and carried two gallon jugs two miles. While I walked, I realized how hard it must be for those kids. That year, we raised $2,000!
The Walk for Water was so successful, the next year we did it with the whole school and raised another $3,500. That was enough to install a new well and repair others. It started with a thought that turned into an action. So many kids can have clean water now, and they’ll be healthier. Now matter how big or small you are, you can help! If a seventh grader can do it, you can too.
Becky Raised $10,000, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, and helped build the Dream Medical Center!
I decided to jump into a campaign to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise money for the Dream Medical Center because of my son, Judah. He is adopted from the very community where the medical center will be build. The very least I could do to say “thank you” to this community for caring for my son is to raise money for the Dream Medical Center.
The goal was big: I needed to raise $10,000 for the Dream Medical Center. A friend helped me come up with a goal of finding 20 families to contribute $500. I was blown away by the responses! Families found all kinds of ways to raise the money. One of my friends committed to roasting and selling coffee beans. Families saw it as a joy to do this together!
Truly, I raised the money through word of mouth. I talked about it all the time, and people would ask me about it constantly! I went on training hikes, posted on Facebook, and people started reaching out. After doing this, I know asking isn’t a burden if it’s something I believe in and it’s God’s design. In the end, I raised not, $10,000, but $20,000!
Raising Funds for Medical Help, With God’s Guidance Every Step of the Way
My journey to Kilimanjaro started in 2005. My friend Becky and I were planning our first trip to Africa, and we started dreaming about climbing the mountain. Back then, time and finances got in the way. 11 years later, Becky called to see if I was ready! Many thoughts rushed through my mind—my kids, our finances, how crazy it would be—so I said no.
Over the next few months, I continued to pray and seek God. I learned more about Africa New Life and the Dream Medical Center this climb would raise money for. I couldn’t stop thinking about it! God gave me several words during that time, like “HEAR ME,” “DECIDE,” and, finally, “GO.” The thought of raising $10,000 was crazy, but the more I learned, the more I realized my fears were small compared to what the children in Rwanda have endured and the good this hospital would do.
I started praying and asking God to guide me through this process. Again and again, God reminded me HE was with me, in charge of the whole thing. Together with the help of many creative and generous friends, who partnered with me and volunteered their time and finances, and got started with fundraising events! Soon enough, I had raised over $12,000. Even my children asked to be involved, which made me so excited and proud. Together with their school, they hosted a Kilometers for Kilgali run that raised almost $3,000.
I was tired and busy, and definitely out of my comfort zone, but I knew I wasn’t doing this alone. God was guiding me the whole way. This opportunity was life changing—not only for so many Rwandans, but also for me and my family! I am forever grateful to have been part of it.
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