Last year, I told some of you about a conversation that wrecked me.
While looking at a book about weather with my 6 year old daughter, L.E., we came across a photo of a starving child. L.E. asked me, “What’s that?”
I told her, “That’s a little boy who doesn’t have enough food to eat.” She thought for a few seconds and then responded, “That’s not real though. That’s pretend, right?”
You see kids don’t come onto the planet understanding that other kids just like them starve to death. They can’t compute that as children, but they learn it happens as teenagers and they learn to ignore it as adults. But L.E. was still too young to accept that. And in her simple question of “That’s pretend, right?” I heard a challenge.
You’re not OK with that dad, are you? You’re doing something, right dad? Do other people know about this dad? Do other people know the L.E. in Thailand is being sold into the slavery? The L.E. in Oklahoma is scared. The L.E. in Africa is dying of preventable diseases?
You’re doing something, right dad?
The truth is, I wasn’t. I was using the Stuff Christians Like platform for my own ego and my own affirmation. But I couldn’t ignore my daughter’s questions. So you and I partnered together and raised money to build two kindergartens in Vietnam last November.
And today, we’re going to dent the universe again and give all the glory to God in the process.
For the next 24 hours, we’re going to save thousands of lives in the Nakaseke District, of Uganda with SafeWorld. How? With a malaria net. That costs $10. It’s that simple. 1 net, costs $10, and will save at least 1 life. More than a million people die each year from malaria and the majority of them are under the age of 5. They are someone else’s L.E.
100% of the money goes to buying the nets and distributing them. And you’ll be sent the GPS coordinates of where your exact net goes and be able to Google Earth the location of the person who’s life you saved.
Can a blog really save thousands of lives in 24 hours?
Can it really be that simple?
I think it can and we already raised $10,000 in the first 2.5 hours. Let’s keep going and raising money and saving lives, until Saturday, October 16, at 9AM eastern. When you go to the giving page, Pick “SCL10K” from the drop down.
When you donate, you’re saving a life so let’s comment, “Today I saved ## lives.” I’ll go first. Today I saved 20 lives.
Want to help spread the word?
Tweet this or put it up on facebook please. (The hashtag on Twitter is #SCL10K
“Can a blog save thousands of lives today? Find out with #SCL10K http://bit.ly/cZSXiq”
And check back throughout the day. This graphic will show the running total.