(photos from the Quinceñeara. Erika & Kathia were wearing dresses I had donated which just blessed my heart so much)

If you've been a regular around here, these people might look pretty familiar >> This is "our family" in Mexico.  I've known them for 6 1/2 years now and have watched these little kids become teenagers on the verge of adulthood.  It still blows my mind to think about it.  We've been to graduations, quinceñearas, and weddings. They've thrown me a surprise birthday party and tried to smash cake in my face ;) We've been blessed to see photos of their weekends serving the church and our own photos grace the walls of their home. With YOU'RE help, we were able to help celebrate a girl's coming of age with one of the best parties I've been to and you even helped us bless her with a computer for her schooling. Rey loves computers and construction. Julissa is studying to be a stylist. And Kathia wants to be a baker.  They have big dreams.  Dreams of breaking through the barriers placed on them because of where they live, because of gender, or because of social status. Dreams of chasing God and dreaming BIG instead of settling for what the world says they are capable of.

Recently, this family was given the opportunity to purchase a lot and house in the city -- a house with electricity and running water (!) -- a house that is walking distance to their schools and jobs and even their church. It's a dream come true for them.  They are saddened by the idea of leaving the home they grew up in, the home where we met them, and the community where we will be moving to this summer. But the parents know it will be best for their kids -- that it will give them their best shot.

You guys. I want to help them make this dream a reality. I can't do it alone, but with your help, prayers, and support, I feel like we can make this happen.

Someone asked me a few months ago how to deal with guilt after returning from a mission trip.  I told her that I don't believe guilt is from the Lord. That, while it might seem unfair, God had blessed us with more than the majority of the world is able to have and do. So, what will we do with it? I believe that God blesses us so that we can honor Him.  We give, we serve, we go.  And you know, God has blessed those with seemingly little with an increased amount of faith.  And they use that blessing to honor Him by increasing it in our lives when we spend time with them.  It's a give and take between us all. Together, we are better.

Let's help this family.
The goal is large. Maybe we'll raise every penny. Maybe just a fraction. But I believe God will bless our giving and make a way for this family.

Here's the challenge: I'll be going to Mexico in one week. 
Seven days seems too short a time, but I don't believe God is restrained by time. After all, He created it.  What if, over the next seven days, we could raise $4000 to help them start a new life? Is it possible? Will you help?

Here are some ways to get involved:
  • Pray Pray Pray.
  • Donate on the widget below or here: One Week//One Family//One New Beginning Donation Page.
  • Spread the word by sharing this post on your blog, twitter, facebook, by mouth.  Get the dream out there for others to get involved. Post the button on your website or let me share this post on your blog. Be an advocate! Email me at thewilliamspost{at}gmail{dot}com.

Big Crazy Idea

**I'm not going to lie you guys. This is scary. It's scary to step out in faith. My prayer is that God will be in charge of this. If He wants this for them, my prayer is that it would happen. And if He says no, my prayer is that we will all trust in His great plan.  I already feel doubt creeping in and the lies of Satan trying to penetrate my mind. "The time is too short" "The goal is too great" "The purpose isn't good enough".  Lord, please let me hear only You.  Guard our minds from attacks from the enemy.