I volunteered for the Kingdom Assignment because I hadn’t done anything this year.  “How hard can it be?”  I asked myself.  When the assignment was explained I was hoping for a “do over”.  This could not be happening.  I had no idea where to start.  While a few ideas popped into my head, nothing seemed do-able.  This kind of thing just wasn’t me.

By Tuesday evening I still had not come up with anything other than putting the money back into the collection basket.  However, “I can’t” isn’t in my vocabulary; plus I did not want to be like the lazy lout.

So I did a Weight Loss Challenge.  I sent out letters to just about everyone I know.  I explained the project to them.  I asked for a donation of $5 per lb. for each pound I lost during July and August.

I lost 8 lbs..  Some people sent larger donations.  Many rounded out the $40 to $50.

The charity I chose is Hattie Larlham Constant Companions.  It is a Day Care center for adults with mild to profound disabilities.  There are 28 participants at the center.  They have a living room area with couches and chairs where the participants can watch TV and socialize.  They also have an area set up with tables and chairs where they eat, do crafts, and play games.  They also go out into the community for lunch, the library, bowling, and their favorite:  shopping at the dollar store.

My daughter Julie attends the day care center.  Julie has profound disabilities.  Although she is 36 years old; she only functions on a 7 month level.  She has been attending the center for a year.  She is a very sweet and happy child.  She gets a lot of attention and love from the other participants.

This challenge has been a great opportunity for me to do something I never thought I was capable of.  When I received the envelope and was told the assignment, I wanted a ” do over”.  I spent 3 days hoping this was a bad dream.  On Tuesday I went to sleep and put it in God’s hands.  I woke up on Wednesday with a clear idea of what I was going to do.   I figured I’d raise $300 or $400.  I never imagined I would raise $1555.  This assignment forced me to move outside my comfort zone and to truly trust in God for my success.

Anne Lapuh | 1,555.00