Monday, October 29, 2012

An Update on Eucharisteo {and a Giveaway!}

Friends, exactly one month ago today...
Eucharisteo: A Celebration of Joy happened! Each time I think back to this beautiful evening and the six months of planning that led up to it, I am still in awe that the mighty and all-powerful God, the One who spoke this world into being, would choose to invite unqualified people like our family to join Him in His work, to be His hands and His feet in this world.

It is utterly mind-blowing, thought-provoking, humbling...

Here's some background {for those who might be visiting here for the first time today}...
One year ago, our family came home from a self-guided missions immersion trip to the Philippines... we came home changed... hearts broken for the things that break God's heart!

A response was stirring in our hearts... the need so immensely great and us, so utterly inadequate... yet God continued to propel us forward, compelling us to respond... thus, the idea of Eucharisteo: A Celebration of Joy came into being in the Spring of this year.

Guest Speaker... my sweet friend, Ann Voskamp, speaking about Eucharisteo.

Photo Credits: Carlos Ramirez, cdrPhotoStudio.

Could we really do this? Raise $30,000.00 to build a permanent facility for Compassion's Patnubay Child Development Centre? The endeavour seemed enormous... yet the thought that kept coming to mind was this, "Our God is greater!"

Our God truly is greater!
Today, my heart is overflowing with joy and thanksgiving as I share a very exciting update about this project! Friends, this building is on its way to becoming a reality...

... for the 272 precious children and their families who rely on Patnubay Child Development Centre for their very survival each and every day!!!

All because you have helped us to raise a total of $30,158.42!!!
Yes, indeed... the fundraising goal surpassed by $158.42! Our God truly is greater and this gift is too wonderful for words!

As I sit here in reflection, my heart says, "Thank you, God!"... for blessings that flow freely and for the privilege of being your hands and feet to a world in need! I am in awe...

And now, the giveaway!
In honour of everyone who helped to make Eucharisteo: A Celebration of Joy such a beautiful and successful evening, I am hosting a giveaway right here on the blog this week!

There will be two winners! One will receive Dr. Wess Stafford's book, Too Small To Ignore and the second winner will get his newest book, Just A Minute.

How to enter...
Simply leave a comment on this blog post and your name will be entered in the draw. For additional entries, you can post about this giveaway on your own blog, on Facebook or on Twitter. Then, come back and let me know in the comments section and you will get additional entries!!! The two winners will be announced here on the blog next Monday, November 5 as part of my Multitudes on Mondays blog post!

As I continue to count grace-gifts, with unending thanks... to The One who is truly greater than our thoughts and imagination... these are the things I am thankful for this week... #1626 - #1632:
:: HE who promised is indeed faithful. All glory to Him alone for the success of Eucharisteo: A Celebration of Joy.
:: The privilege of being His hands and His feet in this world.
:: For every penny of the $30,158.42 raised!!!
:: My sister, Aileen... who dared to dream up this event with me!
:: The JOY that is found in serving Jesus!
:: Ann Voskamp... for being used by God to teach me the practice of eucharisteo... and to turn that into thanks-living!
:: Joy that multiplies... joy upon joy!
Happy Monday, friends!
In that place of humble thanks, God exalts and gives more gifts and more of Himself. Which humbles and lays the soul down lower. And good God responds with greater gifts of grace and even more of Himself. And I ride the undulating wave of grace, this lifting higher and higher in grace, the surging crest of joy, and this plunging lower and lower in humble thankfulness, only to rise yet higher in grace, and this eucharisteo, it offers the ultimate joy ride.
~ Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts.
Let's soar into this new week together, friends... let's do justice, love mercy and walk humbly!

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  1. Wow. wow. wow. wow. PRAISE GOD!!!

    so very happy! Yay!!!!

    Do not enter me.... I have those. Just wanted to say WAY TO GO!!

    To God be the glory!

    1. Indeed, to God be the glory! Each time I think back to this event... you, my friend, come to mind... your prayer support meant sooooo much!!!

  2. Yes, He most certainly can! He had provided everything before the dream, the prayer, the idea was born here on earth! <3 LOVE the God we serve!! Thank you for being His conduit, His vessel, His carrier in this dream. What a tremendous blessing to these children, their families, church and community!

    1. Our God truly is greater! Thanks for dropping by, JD! And thanks for all you to do advocate for Compassion Canada!

  3. Aimee,

    This news is the best gift... that God reached down and touched a dream and desire of yours and then was faithful to complete it. He whispers to you today friend, He whispers "well done good and faithful servant, well done" What a mighty God we serve and it was privilege to be part of such a wonder-filled and joyous evening!

    Blessings Friend



    1. Thank you, Tonya, for your support of this project! It was such a joy to meet you in person.

      God is faithful, even when I'm not... so thankful for this truth.

  4. Either book looks good to me :)

  5. AWESOME!!! Praise be to God =)!!

    Philippians 1:3-6...appreciate and love you Esparazes lots ;)!

    1. Thanks Joe! Love those verses... and thankful for YOU and your leadership! :-)

  6. What a joy it is to see God work through ordinary people to bring about His purposes. How exciting to see such a goal like this reached...I love how God let's you know that this is His doing by providing just what is needed. Thanks to you and your family and PRAISE to God!


    1. PRAISE to God indeed! Thanks for dropping by, Judy! You and Dave are such an encouragement. Thank you so much for your support of this project!!!

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    1. Hi Jennifer. You're one of the winners of this blog giveaway! See post here:

      Please let me know where I can send your book! You can reach me via email at compassion (at) mamaof2greatkids dot ca.