Honestly, the first four come naturally. They don’t take much effort at all. Those values have been engrained in me from the beginning even if I didn’t have words for them at the time. But the last one… that takes work. That takes planning and effort outside of simply making art. If you’ve been around here for a while, you know that it isn’t uncommon for me to do a fundraiser when natural disasters occur or when social injustices take place. Those are things that we have felt grateful to be able to help with, even if it’s only in a small way. But I am hoping to also develop an ongoing voice of generosity. One that is taking place every single day and not just for big events. As we work through (and fumble through) what it looks like for us to be generous and do justice in our daily lives, our prayer is that we would be regularly and consistently looking outside of ourselves for inspiration, guidance, and motivation.
As we continued to pray and reflect on what this ongoing generosity would look like, we felt that a good place to start would be donating a portion of all of our retail sales to a specific person or charity. At first I thought that it may switch quarterly, but the more I thought about it, the more I felt like it would be good to allow the timeline to be fluid. I especially like the idea of this because it means that with every purchase, you are being generous. You are helping and loving on someone who is in great need, and that’s a very cool thing.
So who/what is up first?
We are so happy to formally let you know that for the foreseeable future, we will supporting our friends, The Fergusons, as they walk through the long and difficult process of adopting their son from Ghana. They have been in a season of waiting for a long, long time. They have come across countless obstacles and faced many trials in their efforts to bring home Emmanuel, but they have stayed true to their belief that he is theirs and they are his. The timing isn’t in our hands, and most of the obstacles are out of our control, but we can certainly help to keep money from being one of those obstacles. If you’d like, you can donate directly to their adoption fund, or you can simply rest assured that a portion of your purchase will go to helping them bring Emmanuel home.