Hello 2017!  It’s so nice to meet you.  Now, if you don’t mind, I’d like to jump right into the expectations that I have for this new relationship of ours.  I have decided that this year is going to be excellent.  This is going to be the year that we tell our grandkids about.  Over and over and…  An explosive year.  And yes, I’m sure, an exhausting year.  So I want to make it clear that we aren’t accepting any curveballs or dry spells.  You’re new around here 2017 and I want to make sure you maintain a good reputation.  Just do everything I say and we’ll all be happy in the end.

Oh hey!  Well that was embarrassing.  You caught me talking to 2017.  I didn’t realize that you were…anyway… I’m glad you’re here!  You’re kind of why I’m talking to 2017.  Our Sharing Joy fundraiser just ended and I feel like we’re gleefully being shot into this year.  The sky’s the limit!  We had an audacious goal of raising $17,000 in 36 days.  And thank you thank you thank you, we reached it.  For you list people, I’m now going to write a list of the things we’ll be able to fund because of this.  (For all of you non-listies, scroll past the bullet points.)

  • $4400 – Private technical high school for seven students
  • $1600 – Private junior high school for one student
  • $2500 – One teacher within Proniño
  • $800 – Birthday celebrations (50 children)
  • $550 – Monthly recreational activities  (50 children)
  • $3000   On-site psychologist
  • $2400   Tutor
  • $1800   School Transportation

But that wasn’t all.  At the end of the month, two more kids had the opportunity to study at a really, really good private school….as long as someone raised the money.  So with less than a week left, we said yes and tagged on an additional $3200 to our goal.  Bringing our grand total that we wanted to raise to $20,200.  Guess what was raised?  Come on.  Just a quick guess.  Those big numbers under this paragraph probably already distracted you.  Sorry about that.

$20,000

I think $200 shy of our large total is a-ok.

Now here’s where 2017 comes in.  Fundraising messes with my head a bit.  We focus on a need, decide on a goal, then divide dates to blog and post and I get excited.  I have no doubt we’ll reach the goal.  Then a week goes by and my assurance wanes.  Then two weeks go by and I start begging a little bit.  “Lord, please help us reach this goal. I’d really like to reach this goal.  The kids need it!  Please, please please, please?”  Then starts the bargaining.  “You know what, I really didn’t do enough this year.  We didn’t connect with enough churches.  I didn’t make any corporate partnerships.  (Still figuring out what that is actually.) I’ll do better next year.  I’ve learned my lesson.  If we could just maybe reach the goal this year…I promise to do better next year.”  Don’t tell anyone, but 2016 was not the first year that I did the begging and the bargaining.  It happened in 2015.  And probably also in 2014.

But as you read a few minutes ago, I’ve had a talk with 2017 and this year is going to be different.  I considered spending part of this blog gushing about the goals that we have for 2017, the areas where we are planning to grow.  But this is a blog, not a strategic plan.  (Instead of strategic plan worthy words, I’m going to insert a plug for the leaders of our team.  Jilli, Franklin and Hayley are three of the most passionate, compassionate and dedicated people I know.  I am so incredibly fortunate to be doing this work with them.  When I think about the strategic plan-y things that they will be doing this year, my heart just fills.)

In order to grow, and to fulfill all the promises made while bargaining last year (and the two years before that) I must put my BGPs on and get TCHP and what we’re about in front of a wider audience.  Oh hey reader!  You’re still here!  I have been told that the best way to begin is to have a passionate advocate make the connection.  If you want to help TCHP grow this year; if your life has been touched by the kids in Honduras or if you just don’t want me to be begging and bargaining next year, then let me know if you can connect me to your church leaders, your service learning coordinators on campus, sororities, youth groups, MOPS groups, LuLaRoe pop up fundraiser (because I recently hopped on that bandwagon) anywhere that a group gathers that could sink their teeth into what we do.  I’m interested.  (And I’m planning on travelling this year so I’m not talking only to Phoenix folk.)

“Cheers to a new year and another chance to get it right.”

~Oprah Winfrey

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