An update on Together Rising’s work with refugees in Europe, written by Glennon Doyle Melton and originally posted on Momastery.com: You’ve noticed I’ve been quiet lately. That’s because two months ago, you trusted Together Rising with hundreds of thousands of dollars to help refugees in Europe. After the Love Flash Mob, Amy led us as we spent our days and nights researching, interviewing and planning to ensure that how we spent the money would be worthy of you and of our refugee brothers and sisters. It has been a hard few weeks. Every day we have been freshly stunned and brokenhearted by what we’ve learned, seen, and heard. And that’s good. When my heart is truly broken, I feel low, abiding joy. Because I know I’ve stumbled onto something worthy of my time, energy, money, and life. People always ask: G, how do I find my purpose? I look at them and ask: What breaks your heart? There you go. That’s your purpose. The first draft of this essay was six pages long — filled with stories about the children who are dying and the heroes we have met. In the end, we decided to keep today’s report concise. Please know […]
Friends, meet precious Devon and his mama, Jaclyn. Devon was born with some serious heart conditions, he has been in the hospital almost non-stop since birth. Devon’s great aunt Holly wrote and told us about Devon, explaining that the hard situation is being made harder because, while this little family lives in the UK, Jaclyn’s family is from the US. Her parents have had to leave Jaclyn, her husband, Luke, and Devon behind to return home to Wisconsin, even though Devon is still sick and in the hospital. Together Rising asked what we could do to support them, and Jaclyn told us that anything we could do to help her stay connected to her family would mean the world to them. Together Rising gave them funds to purchase an ipad so that the family can now FaceTime together from the hospital. Even though they are far apart, Jaclyn and Devon can now still see and feel the love and support of her family every day. Here’s a note we got from Jaclyn: I just want to say a huge thank you for sending my Aunt Holly gift cards so we were able to get an iPad to keep in touch with […]
Remember our Ellie, the four-year-old Together Rising raised up in our last Love Flash Mob? Ellie is our Warrior Baby who was in 7 different homes before she found her forever home with her mom Miranda, Well…. ELLIE GOT HER LEGS!!! Several months ago, Miranda wrote to Together Rising: "A genetic disorder caused Ellie's legs to be amputated to her knees and her hands to look different, too. Every day she receives stares and questions from other kids, but her visible challenges are not all she faces. She is healing on the outside and the inside. We are healing together—and she inspires me to carry on every day. My wildest dream for Ellie is new legs. Ellie loves to run. All Ellie wants to do is run, but she is constantly left behind. I don’t want my warrior baby left behind. The legs are incredibly expensive, though, so it’s just out of the question. I can’t give my baby what she needs the most.” Well… we did a little digging, asked some bold questions, and the amazing folks at the Hanger Clinic in Texas agreed to donate half the cost of the Ellie's prosthetics for us. THEN — in a matter of hours […]
You guys! More stories from the Love Flash Mob are rolling in! Meet Dianne, Tim, Mariel and GRAYSON!! Mariel nominated Dianne, Grayson’s mama, as her Shero because of Dianne’s incredible heart and faithful friendship. She told Together Rising that Dianne and her husband, Tim, pour out their lives day in and day out to care for their precious Grayson. Dianne and Tim recently had to cancel their anniversary weekend away when respite care fell through. Mariel wondered if our community could do something special to support Dianne, to show her that she is seen and loved. To Get Dianne Rising. So here’s what we’ve done: We made sure that Dianne & Tim have more respite care in place and are sending them away to spend a lovely weekend in a swanky hotel. And we also sent on some extra goodies for little Grayson. Grayson’s therapist suggested that he might love and benefit from a riding car. Click here to watch Grayson ride! We think it’s a hit, don’t you?? We got Dianne rising by getting Grayson rolling and by sending her away because: ALL GOD’S MAMAS NEED A NIGHT OUTTA THE HOUSE. Especially the special needs mamas, who are […]
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