Tag: Dave Donaldson

Life Fights for Life

A scientist placed a plant in a room with no light. He was experimenting how long it would take for the plant to die from lack of sunlight. As the days passed, the petals wilted and turned brown. The plant struggled to live.

As he left for a trip, the scientist accidentally brushed the curtain by the door, which let a sliver of light into the room.

When he returned from his trip expecting to see the plant dead, he was astounded to see that the plant’s branches were stretching toward the thin beam of light that shone through the curtains. That tiny bit of light sustained the plant, even in surrounding darkness.

Every time I think of that story, I’m energized. To think that new life and new growth can form in just a tiny amount of light; that renewal and regeneration come from a single beam…especially now, as we’re surrounded by light with the spring season upon us.

This time of year is a favorite for many because the cycle of new life pushing its way out of the soil presents itself as a metaphor for our own lives. It’s as if we are all afforded fresh, new opportunities.

Just like the opportunities you, as a friend to Convoy of Hope, provide to women all over the world that enable them to grow crops and provide for their families. Through your partnership, we’ve been able to educate and train more than 5,500 women and girls in six countries around the world — 3,091 of those women were given seed capital to start their businesses.

Women who could not give their children food before are now running successful businesses, building their own homes and sending their children to school — things they never expected to be able to do.

Thank you for helping us give women a better life for their families — for being that sliver of light to a wilting plant.

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From the Founders / Inspiration

Family: The Tie That Binds

When I was nine, my father was killed and my mother debilitated when a drunken driver slid across the divide and crashed into their car head on. For several months, my mother lay in the hospital fighting for her life. I was scared about where my siblings and I would end up. My older brothers Hal and Steve and my sister Susan were seemingly all I had, and I wondered if we would be able to stay together, or be separated and sent to live with relatives and friends. After all, who would take in four children between the ages of six and twelve?

The Davis family stepped up and took in all four of us. They had a small trailer and two children of their own, but the eight of us became bound together. I was so grateful to have that feeling of a close-knit family.

That’s the way we look at things at Convoy of Hope too: like a close-knit family. We want to be the common bond that ties together our friends who give and our friends who receive. We want to be like the Davises to every person we come in contact with, no matter which side of the equation they’re on.

We’ve served more than 70 million people since 1994, but there’s no way we could’ve done that without our faithful partners who continually give their time through volunteering, and their resources through gifts and donations.

Together, we’ve provided shoes, flu shots, food, medical screenings, Bibles, water, medicine, education and training, and even power washers to those in need.

Thank you for being a part of our family: for trusting us with your gift, so we can continue to be that bond — just like the Davises.

On behalf of Convoy of Hope and the more than 70 million others, we appreciate you.

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From the Founders