I just launched a campaign through www.teespring.com to raise money for Compassion International. What is that you ask??
Here's an excerpt from their website telling you a little about what they do.
"Compassion International exists as a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults. Founded by the Rev. Everett Swanson in 1952, Compassion began providing Korean War orphans with food, shelter, education and health care, as well as Christian training.
Today, Compassion helps more than 1.2 million children in 26 countries." (www.compassion.com)
So what am I doing?
I designed a t-shirt and got set up with teespring.com. The way they work is you set a goal which is the minimum number of shirts that must be sold in order for your design to be printed. So my goal is small for my first campaign. I decided I need to sell 25 shirts for them to be printed.
How can you get one?
The ordering process is easy. Just go to www.teespring.com/tsforcompassion and choose your style and size. The shirts cost $25 each. If the goal is not met, you will not be charged and the shirts won't be printed.
(This is the design)
The money raised through this campaign will be used either as a one-time donation to Compassion or it will be used to actually sponsor a child. It all depends on how much money is raised, and what the Lord leads me to do.
So now, you may be wondering what sparked this idea in my mind? Every year at Acquire the Fire Compassion International has a booth and they show short videos about the program and try to get people to sponsor children. Every year I want to do it, but I'm always worried about whether I'll have the money each month to do it or not. So this year as I sat there listening to a former Compassion child speak to us, I felt God really telling me that I needed to do something. So as I wrestled with the thought in my mind for a while this idea came to me. I love doing creative things like this, so why not use my creative talent for God. That's why he gave me the talent in the first place.
I'm just praying that the campaign is successful, and I would love to make this an ongoing project. I have created a page on Facebook which can be found at www.facebook.com/tsforcompassion and I would love for you to all check that out and "like" the page. But I am also going to be figuring out how I can get more artists on board and have others design shirts as well. It will make them a little extra money, and we will be able to raise a lot more support for Compassion International.
So please be praying for this as well, and if you are interested in getting more involved please let me know. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or just leave a comment on here.