It’s (almost) my Birthday and I need your help

10:28 am Wendy van Eyck 0 Comments

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Look around you: Everything you see is God’s—the heavens above and beyond, the Earth, and everything on it…God, your God, is the God of all gods, he’s the Master of all masters, a God immense and powerful and awesome. He doesn’t play favorites, takes no bribes, makes sure orphans and widows are treated fairly, takes loving care of foreigners by seeing that they get food and clothing. Deuteronomy 10:14, 17-18 (MSG)

Currently my life is consumed with two things: 
1) packing up and moving house 
2) sifting through photos and telling stories for a non-profit, called Qhubeka, of half a million kids in South Africa who walk for an hour or more to school each day.

As I've been packing I've realised how much stuff I have. And how I don't need anything more. With my birthday less than a week away I've decided to ask people help me fund a bicycle for kids who have to walk to school rather than give me gifts.

As a kid I was privileged to have parents that fetched and carried me to school. Many kids in South Africa don't have that privilege. They walk to school out of necessity. 

Birthday GiftAs I sift through the photos of the kids Qhubeka has provided bicycles for so far one thing strikes me time and time again: kids will be dressed in their “Sunday best” yet they won't be wearing socks. 

These kids walk to school without socks. 

The kids who we give bicycles to have nothing, and I have enough stuff that I'm throwing out things I don't need by the box.

I just filled five black bags with clothes. These were clothes that my husband and I no longer wear. 

I took the bags and gave them to someone who needs them much more than I. 

As I did this I was reminded of Deuteronomy 10:14: Look around you: Everything you see is God’s—the heavens above and beyond, the Earth, and everything on it. 

Everything is God’s yet I hang on to stuff. 

I act like life is a competition where the person with the most stuff wins. 

Life isn’t a competition. It’s a gift. (tweet this)

I want to change. 
I want to live my life differently. 
I want to give more than I take. 

Life isn't a competition quoteI'm turning 32 on 2 November. And would like to ask you to give at least R32 ($3,20 or 2EUROS) in lieu of a birthday gift to help fund a bicycle for kid who walks to school.

My gift list this year is short: I want a bicycle. 

A bicycle that can #GiveHope to a child and give them a chance to attend school more and achieve their dreams.

Will you join me on this journey? Will you give a little bit of excess away? 

If you’re up for it (and live in South Africa) you can donate here via EFT or credit card
If you live outside of South Africa and would like to donate please follow this link so you can donate in your own currency and just put “For Wendy’s birthday” in the note box.

If you'd like to know more about how Qhubeka changes lives with bicycles go to http://www.qhubeka.org/

Ponder: How does the thought that God everything is God’s change how you view your stuff?

Prayer: Lord, help me to live life giving more than I take. 

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Photo Credits: Qhubeka and Donovon Thorne | Design: Wendy van Eyck

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