This is Crazy

June 27, 2014

IF:Gathering – We did it!

Over the last 30 days, more than 1,100 of you came together and the result will change two women’s lives forever.

1,100 women came together to generously give over $50,000 so that 2 young women in Rwanda can build a future free from the oppression of poverty and a linage of injustice and will be equipped to lead others in their country toward the same.


The beauty is not found in the dollar amount alone. The beauty is that 1,100 women used their resources to partner and come alongside these young women to equip them for their God given purposes.

As women who are incredibly resourced- that have the Spirit of God within us- that have gifts, stories, & the ability to dream, I believe that we can take all of that and change the world.

I am so incredibly grateful and encouraged by your coming together and by your generosity, but I don’t want us to stop here.

Over the coming months and years we are going to stay connected and follow our girls’ stories- we are in now– they have quite a large support family!

In a few weeks Jen Hatmaker and I will be over in Rwanda with IJM and Noonday telling stories, and then this fall Ann Voskamp, Rebekah Lyons, Lauren Chandler and Esther Havens will host a virtual hangout to introduce these two women to you. We want you to also have opportunities to connect with the IF Rwanda girls online and maybe even some of you travel to actually meet them with my friend Natalie Green and Africa New Life.

This is just the beginning. What we did with Africa New Life is just a glimpse of what I believe that we can do together going forward. Many voices with one resounding cry said, “IF God is real… then we will love Him and love His people fiercely.”

Isn’t it crazy what we can accomplish coming together?

We want to continue to partner with projects one at a time that we can get our arms around and really make a difference.


Bolivia, through Food for the Hungry, is changed for generations because of your work. You launched a mother child program in February that has never been done before- women rising up to come alongside women and empower them to change their futures for their families. We will be giving you updates soon about the work that has begun there.

This one was so close to my heart because this is investing in my son’s home country.

Thank you.

It is too good- isn’t this fun?

8 Responses to “This is Crazy”

  1. Susan Linzey

    . . . just such a privilege . . . thank you for introducing us to these daughters of the King!

  2. Becky Getter

    Amazing and so fun! Only God working in everyone through the a Holy Spirit could pull this off. So totally God. I love being a tiny part all you wonderful women. Thank you IfGathering……God is glorified!!!!

  3. Pamela Welch

    What beautiful young women, and what an awesome Father of provision he is! So looking forward to seeing their lives unfold and their future accomplishments. Thank you Jenny! and all the young women of IF and how God is using you to make a difference! I’ve loved being a tiny part of the journey..

  4. Yay!!! God is glorified! Hope is offered! Community served a great purpose! Yay!

  5. So awesome to hear this report, Jennie! God is doing amazing things through the women who are opening up their hearts to be a part of His big-picture plans around the world. Missional women who are just saying “yes” to small action steps that lead to God-size dreams being accomplished! I look forward to hearing more about this project as it grows.

  6. cathy hackett

    Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping these girls! It may only be $30 to you, but to them it’s the dream if a lifetime; an opportunity to not only raise themselves out of poverty, but to help their families and those around them elevate their standard of living. It’s a chance for other family members to go to school – the trickle down effect of your generosity is endless! You will be blessed more than you’ve blessed. These girls are wonderful – they’re grateful, appreciative, humbling, motivating, inspiring and giving. My prayer for all if you who’ve donated to the education of them is that you will experience the joy, the blessings and the sheer happiness that comes with being associated with the Esther Home. My heart is overwhelmed! Cathy Hackett, co-founder of the Esther Home


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