2015 was 31:20’s third official year and we have been busy!
We have always had monthly planning meetings, but this year those meetings have looked a little different. First of all we added two wonderful, new board members and secondly, we opened up the second half of our meetings to people who want to share what they are passionate about. It has been exciting to hear the vision and ideas our brothers and sisters in Christ have for our world. We are looking forward to partnering with some of them in the future.
Here are the highlights of 31:20’s 2015:
We started the year by buying books and uniforms for the kids at Hope Home India. For $90.00 a child could be provided with a uniform, shoes, books and school supplies. We were able to outfit nine children so they could be prepared for their school year.
We held two Clothing Auctions to benefit Extended Hands of Hope. During those two events $2,224.00 was raised! The money will be used to help open a house for girls who have been victims of sex trafficking.
We made 40 Agape Bags, which are small bags that contain hygiene products and food for people who are homeless. The bags were given to Restoration Outreach in Aurora.
We met for book club during the summer and discussed some amazing books that challenged us to step out of our comfort zone and live on mission for God’s kingdom. During those book club days we were introduced to two amazing women who ended up speaking at evening events for us. For one of the gatherings, Michelle Cushatt shared about how to deal with a life that feels Undone and another evening Cara Gabrielse encouraged us on our journey to finding our purpose and to walk it out with God.
In October we held the Justice Run at the Hudson Gardens, raising $44,000 for various non-profits who are fighting against modern day slavery. 100% of the registration and sponsorship dollars was distributed to 17 non-profits. Here is a link to those non-profits: http://www.thejusticerun.com/#!non-profits/ci7h
Then in December we held our Shop Once Give Twice Christmas Marketplace, selling $25,000 in handmade products. All of the money we raised was distributed to the artisans and the communities they live in, thereby providing opportunities for financial self sufficiency to impoverished women, children and families around the world.
We are amazed at how God is moving and working through 31:20. As we start 2016 we are anticipating another year full of events where we can live out our mission by being the hands and feet of Christ.