Friday, November 9, 2018

100 Christmas Dollies 2018: Beneficiary Announcement

Just a few years ago, Pastor Karisa and the leaders of Sanctuary of Praise Watamu were inspired by lessons from our Entrepreneurship Series to invest in a greenhouse as an income generating project to benefit the church. That project has been producing tomatoes seasonally and the money used to make improvements to this roof-only church. While this activity is enough to qualify for the 100 Christmas Dollies gift, this year God really did something quite remarkable among his people.

Early this year Pastor Karisa invited Surprised by Hope to conduct a church health survey among its members. We presented results to church leadership, which required a great deal of vulnerability on Pastor Karisa’s part, and together they clarified the direction of the church. By the grace of God, that activity brought a deeper strength and unity to the church vision, which multiplied giving and encouraged them to join together in constructing a permanent structure to hold up its existing roof.

Notice the walls are made from black plastic.

We are humbled that God would use us all to bring transformation to the church building and its people, and Surprised by Hope is honored to award the 100 Christmas Dolly gift to Sanctuary of Praise Watamu.

Who Qualifies
  • Several criteria qualify a church to receive the 100 Christmas Dollies gift.
  • Attending an Entrepreneurship Series conference.
  • Applying Christ-centered business lessons toward positive change in the church. We acknowledge that there are many ways to apply our lessons and that not all of them are tangible. However, our goal is to leave a tangible, long-lasting legacy and so we aim at selecting churches making physical improvements.
  • Evidencing self-motivation toward tangible church goals without expecting this gift.
  • Experiencing life in community where our gift is but a small portion among the giving of many members.

How it Works
  • Choose the one (or several) dollies calling your name.
  • Make a tax deductible donation of $25 per dolly using PayPal, or send a check in the mail to the U.S. address at the bottom of the home page. Don’t forget to include your dolly number(s) in the comment field.
  • On Christmas day we will provide a hot meal to the church and a simple Nativity message to the children with a gift of all the sponsored dollies.
  • Watch for a picture of your dolly with his or her new Kenyan mommy or daddy on social media or via email.
  • Then we’ll use your donation money to invest in the final phases of construction for Sanctuary of Praise Watamu. Watch for future progress updates.
  • Pray regularly for the child who received your dolly and for the church.

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