Guest Post: The Sparrow Fund (And A Giveaway!)

I was simply searching for an African doll. That’s all.

After adopting our daughter from China, we felt called to do something specifically to give support to adoptive families. So, in the spring of 2011, we launched The Sparrow Fund to give grants to adoptive families specifically for pre-adoption counsel, medical reviews of their referral, in-country support when they travel to bring home their child, and support once they get home and adjust to life with a new child.

I was at a conference where I had had a table set up to showcase The Sparrow Fund. I had some Chinese items donated by Jiayin Designs and some other random things people could buy to support The Sparrow Fund.

And, someone asked me for an African doll. An African doll? Really? My connections were all in China. I told her I’d try but I wasn’t making any promises.

That Sunday, when I got home, I e-mailed a missionary who our church supports, knowing she works with village women who do crafts. Maybe one of them could make a doll, right? The missionary told me she no longer worked with those women but gave me an e-mail to get in touch with one, Mary Magdalene (not kidding).

All I did was send her a simple e-mail asking if she or one of the women she works with could make a doll.

But, her response left me stunned.

She told me that only 4 days earlier–she gave me even the exact time of day–she had cried out to the Lord asking him to bring someone to buy her crafts.

She had been widowed twice, both husbands had been killed in war, leaving her with 9 children to raise on her own. But, what we would see as a desperate situation did not stop her from bringing 7 orphaned children into her home. One of the children she now cares for was abandoned at the age of 6 because it was discovered that she is HIV+, which she contracted from her parents, the ones who abandoned her. Mary is a strong and faithful woman who trained women in her village to make beads and helped them learn how to sell them in the marketplace. They pool the money made and split it between them so that all are provided for (Acts 4:35 lived out).

But, here she was, crying out for provision, desperate to see God at work.

4 days later, she received my e-mail. I encouraged her to send me what she had–I will find people to buy it, I told her. Just send it, I said. And, she did. She sent jewelry and more jewelry and handmade animals and more jewelry…and two little dolls. The dolls that started it all.

There I was with a dining room full of what some may see as paper beads and small animals but what I saw as precious jewels and treasures, created by women sitting together in community, caring for the least of these, in faith that He will provide.

And, He has.

We have been able to send the women there $5,000 since May–money that has paid tuitions, purchased books, paid off medical expenses, paid rent that has increased dramatically. And, we’ve made an extra $1,500 to support the work of The Sparrow Fund, which has brought the women in Kenya joy upon joy.

We want to invite you to our Etsy store where you can find some of the items listed. And, to encourage you to click your way over and shop with purpose, I’m offering a little giveaway here, courtesy of Jess.

Winner receives a matching necklace and earring set–keep it for yourself or give it away as a Christmas gift.

Kelly Raudenbush

To enter the giveaway, please write a comment below (before midnight on November 26) telling me which necklace or earring design you like best!  Earn extra entries by posting a link to this post on Facebook, Twitter, or your blog.  Get your entries in before midnight on November 26.  And while you’re checking out her Etsy Store, you can purchase some Christmas gifts too!

Thank you for supporting The Sparrow Fund!

Forever changed by our experience of being adopted and adopting, Kelly is a stay-at-home mom/manager to 4 children–the youngest of whom is from China–who is a professional juggler, juggling her calling as wife and mother with a small online store (Jiayin Designs), editing, administrating the site We Are Grafted In, and serving adoptive families through The Sparrow Fund. You can learn more about their adoption story, how they’ve been changed, and what life for them looks like on Kelly’s personal blog where she’s currently featuring some great ways you can shop with purpose this season (which includes over 25 giveaways).

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35 Responses to “Guest Post: The Sparrow Fund (And A Giveaway!)”

  1. Tracye Goad says:

    four blessings or grace o’er and o’er….four blessings has great meaning and “grace” is “MY” word—the one that keeps my heart in focus

  2. Michelle R says:

    I love the Watermelon Kenyan Necklace.

  3. Adriana says:

    I would love the Four Blessings!

  4. Sarah says:

    Love the African Watermelon Dangle Earrings!

  5. Amy Hinkle says:

    I’d love to have a set of the four blessings

  6. lisa says:

    I love the clear day in Kenya necklace.

  7. Abby says:

    Beautiful! I like the African Lilac of Great Worth Dangle Earrings.

  8. kristen says:

    Absolutely beautiful! I really like them all but if I had to choose just one to spotlight, it would be African Seagrass Dangle Earrings.

  9. Megan B says:

    I love the coffee pieces and the “comforting patterns” as well. 🙂

  10. Kristin Thomson says:

    I love the Clear Day in Kenya Necklace!!! I love that shade of blue! 😀 I’m sharing the giveaway on facebook and twitter!! Thanks!!

  11. Jerusha says:

    African Celebrations Necklace!

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Jerusha!

      You are the lucky winner of the Kenyan Necklace & Earring Set courtesy of The Sparrow Fund and The Abundant Wife. 🙂 Could you e-mail your home address to rainsong 211 at gmail dot com? I will forward your information to Kelly so that you can be sure to receive your gift. Judging by your blog, you may already be very familiar with Kelly!


  12. Jerusha says:

    I shared the link on Facebook.

  13. […] Necklace & Earring Set Giveaway Deadline Extended Through Cyber Monday! Have you entered my Sparrow Fund Necklace & Earring Set Giveaway yet?  If not, hurry up and post your comment at the bottom of this post or last Monday’s […]

  14. Kristin Thomson says:

    Shared on FB!

  15. Kristin Thomson says:

    Shared on twitter!

  16. kathy says:

    I love the African dangle watermelon earrings….thanks

  17. amy says:

    I love it – it would make a wonderful Christmas present too!

  18. tina page says:

    The Makings of a Flower in Kenya Drop Earrings

  19. michelle says:

    I like the Tom Jeans dangle earring!

  20. Tina says:

    I like the dark roasted coffee bean necklace

  21. tiffany lane says:

    I love the CLear day necklace and Speckled green dragon fruit earrings

  22. Amy S. says:

    I like the African Seagrass earrings. Gorgeous color.

  23. Robin K says:

    I like the shells on the shore earrings!

  24. Yona says:

    I love the African Watermelon Dangle Earrings – green is my favorite color.

  25. phxbne says:

    Clear Day in Kenya Necklace

  26. Karla T says:

    African Seagrass Dangle Earrings

  27. Jane Toney says:

    I love the Beautiful Smile from Kenya necklace.

  28. Jane Toney says:

    I shared this on my Facebook.

  29. Jo Ricker says:

    your end date says 26th but your still active on giveaway linkys til fav is clear day.

  30. Nicholle says:

    My favorite is Neutral Turns Bold

  31. Nicole B says:

    The African Seagrass Dangle Earrings are beautiful! (They all are!)

  32. kelly schirado says:

    I love the Watermelon Kenyan Necklace.

  33. […] were 53 entries in last week’s necklace and earring set Sparrow Fund giveaway.  The winner was Jerusha of Hands Full on Purpose.  I was delighted to see that she, like Kelly, […]

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