39 Hours ago from a corner table at Starbucks, I launched my 1st blog as part of a “21 Day Challenge” to ROCK the world of the more than 21.8 million children being raised in single parent homes as well as the parents themselves.
In 39 Hours I am excited to report 242 readers!
On September 1, 2010, Donald Miller, author of Blue Like Jazz and A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, hugged me! This incredible ‘beast of a man’ (as he referred to Joseph) has written so many amazing pieces & I was able to show gratitude for one specific page about a trip to Rwanda that had completely rocked my world!
In 2005 I was raped & became pregnant & am now a single mom.
What I never really realized prior to having one is how many “fatherless children” (and motherless) there are in the U.S. much less around the world.
– According to U.S. Census Bureau in November, 2009, there were approximately 13.7 million single parents in the United States and those parents are responsible for raising 21.8 million children.
21.8 MILLION CHILDREN!! WOW!! 21 Days… 21 Million Children… coincidence? I think not!
When Donald Miller hugged me and no I’m not a crazy stalker chick, I am just overwhelmed at how God is working out His purpose, I can’t describe the joy I felt. Granted, he is a tall, good looking man with great eyes & a fantastic smile who exudes a charismatic fervor with each step that he takes, that makes one’s heart leap with excitement… BUT, all that aside, I was filled with joy because this man had taken the time to put on paper his own life’s journey & the stories he had heard and read while editing his own.
One page about a lady in Rwanda changed an angry, hateful, bitter perception of “heavenly father” that I had carried for 5 Years, 1 Month, 3 Weeks and a day… or so…
I had been on a “path to healing” for a while, really searching to break through the why’s, how’s, when’s, and some fears that have made jaw droppers even out of the most fearful and un-shock-able men and women.
But Sept. 1st I started to see everything really coming full circle.
I was presented with $10 and a challenge. A challenge to “Live A Better Story.” A challenge to multiple and do as much as I can with that $10 to write a better story & save as many lives as possible over the next 21 days! Now, I’m not the only one on this “challenge” but I am so passionate about this “Right now” for me and thrilled to have you along the journey!
I started by matching that $10 with $10 of my own and have been overwhelmed as many have walked up to me, including one teenager that I know didn’t “HAVE” $10 to give but said he was so convicted that this was right, he did not want to miss being a part of it & reached into his wallet & pulled out a $10 bill and then gave me his phone number in case I ever needed anything. I got a message from a soldier in Iraq asking when she would be able to give online!! And that was in the first 5 hours of launching our blog. Tell me that’s not huge!!
I say “our” blog because I can’t do this without you!… And trust me, I don’t want any of you to miss out on the blessings we’re already seeing unfold! A couple of you have asked just how the 10’s are going to be used. I have a small group of about 4 advisors that are helping direct and coach me on that. The great thing about blessing people is that you don’t have to have it all figured out… you just have to GO! When Jesus called the disciples, He didn’t give them a map or even a business plan, He just said “follow me,” and that’s what I’m attempting to do. I know that I am passionate about children growing up in single parent families. I am passionate about the single parents that are raising them. I adore teenagers. And, I like to see BIG things happen!
The first thing I have been advised to do is to start a blog, that will include text for my book, my story, and for the countless stories I’m hearing as I write and share. I received further confirmation Wednesday night when I spoke to a group of about 60 at Tusculum. It was the first time I had ever shared “most” of my story and in such detail in a group setting… and it was incredible! After hearing about meeting Donald and the challenge, Rob asked me to speak that same night, and to not prepare, but just speak from my heart. I laughed, they laughed, I cried, they cried, I was sweating… and they didn’t seem to mind…
I know there are several ways I personally can envision making a huge impact… and I’m blogging about many right now… Look for “Possibilities” later today. The thing about a book is that we believe it will not only create healing in the words we take time to put on paper, but that for years to come it will create even more ways to give financially above anything we could ever dream of doing in 21 days. So that is step one… or really step five.
Step 1: Accept the Challenge
Step 2: Pray & Seek Counsel
Step 3: Start a Blog
Step 4: Challenge you to join me and bring your friends along for the ride, so I guess
Step 5: Write The Book. (Hey Rob, what step are we on?)I would be honored if you would join the journey and match with $10 of your own! Such a small price to save a life…
** Wow, and as I type this, the Fray is on my radio singing “How To Save A Life.” CUE THE GOOSEBUMPS!!!**
A Million Miles In A Thousand Years… 1,000 People In 21 Days… Be one of my goal of 1,000 people to give $10 in the next 21 days… just be one. And let me know your own suggestions. I’d love to hear them.
You’re already online reading, why not go ahead & take the challenge… “Online matching made easy” (a new slogan for PayPal: www.kaciallen.com/21.html
Plus, I’m working on making a free download of my song “Starting Now” available just to say thank you again!!”
** References available!** I’m an ‘open book.’ Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
19 Days… Starting Now…