Thursday, May 10, 2012

A very personal letter to friends.

To our dear Awake and Alive readers: This is the letter that Darin and Jolene sent to their friends and families this spring. Please read and become Alive.

Awake and Alive: Bright Future Academy
Dear Friends and Family,
Darin and I are writing you to be a part of something we believe has the potential to be life changing! We would like to invite you to partner with us & Awake and Alive to build a school for young children in Kechene, Ethiopia. Our prayers are that this school can be the beginning of hope and change in this slum community. Will you partner with us to bring hope to those who need it most?  
As you know, last March Darin and I traveled to Ethiopia to bring home Stella and Ben, who have blessed our lives beyond measure. But what you might not know is that while we were in Ethiopia we visited one of the poorest areas a slum called Kechene. 
While we were there we noticed the population was very young.  We found out that this was because of the living conditions that come with living in an extremely crowded, poor and disease stricken area.  We went into homes of orphans and widows; homes that are, at best, an 8X8 shack with dirt floors, no running water, no electricity, and a tattered roof.
We heard stories of extreme hard ship, loss and pain. 
We hugged and kissed children who know loss and feel the pain that comes from HIV/AIDS.  We spent time getting to know the widows who have to leave their young children at home to go make a living. We found out the children are left with no one to protect them. They are at risk for dangerous situations, abuse, child trafficking, or who knows what else!  Most of the mothers can barely afford to provide enough food for their families yet alone an education. So this cycle of poverty will continue for these children and their families.
Since that experience, we have not been the same.
Upon returning home the God-given opportunity to start a school for these vulnerable children showed itself!
My dear friend, Danielle Black and I have founded a Nonprofit Organization called Awake and Alive and our 1st project is to open a school in Kechene, Ethiopia! The cost is $44,000 to start a school that will remove 30 of the most vulnerable children from the streets of Kechene! 

Darin and I are wholeheartedly committed to this project so we are giving 10% of the school cost. We are asking you to come along side us in supporting this wonderful cause - giving children a brighter future. All money given is tax deductible and 100% of your gift will go to the school.

This fall I will take a trip to Ethiopia to help the project and see the opening of the school. I will come home with amazing stories of hope and redemption from the children who will have a safe place to learn and grow because of your generosity!

Our children have turned our lives upside down. Bringing them home from a third-world country has blessed our lives beyond explanation.  It’s impossible for us to look at the young children in Kechene and not think of our own children.  If our children were on the streets we would stop at nothing to change their situation! It is very real to us! Let it be very real to you as well. And PLEASE – Go beyond wishing it was different and let’s DO something about it! 

Thank you for giving a life changing gift!
Darin and Jolene Shrock

 "Once our eyes are opened, we can't pretend we don't know what to do. God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows what we know, and holds us responsible to act." Prov. 24:12

We are praying for 44 partners to come alongside us and make a onetime gift of $440.00, which would enable us to have enough upfront funding to open the doors to our school in Kechene for the first year. This level of partnership is not for everyone, and there are many ways to help. Thank you.


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