Let’s Build a Wall Together!

I have often thought that it is almost impossible for my children to understand how blessed they are.

They have walls that protect them at night, a refrigerator full of food, blankets that keep them warm and clothes that cover their sweet bodies.

They are loved and wanted.

They have everything they need and much that they want.

Most of us do.

They have parents to care for them, aunts and uncles that adore them and grandparents that spoil them.

What if they didn’t?

What if their parents had died from HIV?

What if they had HIV?

What if there was no one to make sure they were safe each night and fed each day?

Who would come along and care for them?

This is a reality that I doubt anyone reading this has to worry about..but it is very real to so many children that Barb is trying to help.

Barb is the mother of one of my dearest friends and she is doing something incredible.

Matthew 25:35-40

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,  I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?  When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?  When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

Barb is doing that.

She is doing and moving and providing and loving and caring and blessing and protecting sweet children that have NO ONE ELSE!

Barb is building an orphanage for children.

This grandma from the US started by making banana bread to raise money for these children.

And guess what….she has built her orphanage and she even has a well.

A well!

What we take for granted is a precious gift to these children and this community.

Barb can not move the children into the orphanage until the wall surrounding and protecting the orphanage is finished.

She needs our help.

I know you guys.

You have the most amazing hearts.

I see it everyday in the emails I get and the comments you leave.

I am asking you to do something incredible for Barb and for the children whose lives will be changed by this HOME!

What would our lives be like without home?

Without protection and comfort?

Please join me in giving to finish this wall.

Here is what I am asking:

1. Leave a comment on this post encouraging Barb on this journey

2. Facebook Barb’s site and how your friends can give

3. Tweet about Barb and what she is doing

4. Blog about it

5. Go to Barb’s site and give WHATEVER YOU CAN AFFORD…nothing is too small. Nothing!

6. Share with me on this post how you are helping to spread the news about finishing this wall!

I would like to do something to thank you for spreading the news.

I would like to have a random drawing with each person that shares about the wall and give over $500 of merchandise from my shop.

I know you don’t need this as an incentive but I wanted to celebrate all of you and your generosity.

We can do this!

We can!

If we all give a little and share then your friends will be giving…and then their friends and it goes on and on!

Let’s build a wall together!

You can read Barb’s blog HERE.

(My friend April Meeker designed this button.  Please feel free to take it and share it on your blogs/Facebook etc with a link to donate. Thanks April for sharing)

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  1. I could not love you more if I tried.
    truly.

  2. Great post Jeanne ~ I blogged about Barb’s wall the first of the month ~ I know what we can do if we all pull together and do what we can. Look at what Simone did last year with the generator! Love the button too ~ grabbing it!

  3. Julie commented:

    What an awesome thing to do!!! Oh the possibilities when we all work together!!

  4. Barb commented:

    Thank you Jeanne for this beautiful blog. Edwin and I are very moved by the love put
    behind it and knowing that you all care so much to help these little ones.

  5. Dot commented:

    What an amazing woman! She is doing things that will help so many! I have twittered, pinterested, and facebooked about it already!! Going to put it on my blog next.

    • Barb commented:

      Oh my goodness Dot….thank you so much from Edwin and I. We are so grateful to all of you who are making this happen for our little “angels”. I can really visualize them having their first bed to sleep in where they won’t be scared and sleep soundly. I know these kids and they are so worth it. Bless you

  6. mgriffin commented:

    It is so inspiring to read about a person whose love is in action on behalf of these precious children. Here is such important work worthy of support. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Barb – you have a beautiful heart! Beautiful.

  8. Lisa W. commented:

    Barb you truly are amazing. Many talk about “doing” something you ARE!!! Jeanne I so enjoy your blog…and thought to myself this morning after reading it. She thinks outloud. Meaning many days I think my children too OR myself really have no idea what it is to be hungry!!! All these blogs that I follow that truly TRULY inspire me in my crafty world in my being a Mom world in my inner soul world. Often times though I think WOW they all take such extravagent vacations, they do this they do that. I think I wish I could…then I read a post like this and realize how blessed I am. They don’t even know what a computer is let alone a vacation. They are more concerned about their next meal. If there parents are going to live and so on. Thank you Barb for ALL you are doing and thank you Jeanne for bringing this to our attention. You sure have given me a different perspective about “today”. And remember to ALWAYS be thankful for what you have. NOT what you don’t!

  9. Oh Uganda, you sat right down in my heart more than a decade ago and haven’t gone anywhere since.

    Thank you for sharing Jeanne.

  10. What an Awesome job you are doing, talk about walking the walk. Your wall will be built. Di, and Jeanne bless you

  11. I have pinned this and will donate, next stop blogging. Jeanne you have a wonderful spirit. Much love to you, Di

  12. How wonderful and inspiring ~ your words Jeanne hit home just to think of my children without anyone to care for them is unthinkable. I will of course help spread the word ~ Barb sounds amazing ~ I’m in awe. . .

    xo

  13. Lisa Tompkins commented:

    I have pinned this and posted it to my husband’s Facebook page. Barb is such a remarkable person and I know she’ll reach her goal for the wall with the help and prayers of all those who read this blog and see it on others pages. Thanks for sharing this!

  14. Barb is a truly beautiful person with an inspiring story of hope for these beautiful children. Truly making the world a better place.

    I just finished reading your post to my kids, Jeanne and they each went to their piggy banks afterwards and gladly handed over to me the cost of a Barbie doll. We just finished contributing. I Pinned the button and shared on FB twice and will continue to do so!

  15. Esther Perez commented:

    Thanks for sharing this Jeanne. I just finished contributing. I would love to see that wall finished.

  16. Wendy Wainwright commented:

    Thank you Jeanne for sharing this story and making us aware of this beautiful mission of Barb’s. I have contributed to the goal to build the wall around the orphanage and can’t wait to see it completed! How wonderful that Barb actually started making banana bread for this vision and look how far this has gone for these gorgeous Uganda children to have the orphanage built and a wall to surround it, hopefully very soon! I have also posted to facebook wendyvintagerouge@facebook.com

  17. Bessie commented:

    Barb, you are truly an amazing woman. So many times I ask myself, “What could I do?” how inspiring, look at what you have done! How far you have came in your mission! Such an inspiration and a blessing to those sweet children. I have shared this on Facebook and Pinterest to spread the word. Looking forward to seeing the wall complete!

  18. colette commented:

    Dear Barb, you are so very inspiring. Your efforts and successes are remarkable. Dear Jeanne, thanks so very much for sharing.

    Colette

  19. Thank you for bringing The Wall to our attention. People like Barb give people like me faith in the infinite love found in a compassionate heart, the love in all hearts, but for some it is more outwardly apparent.

    Jeanne, this is a wonderful post. Thank you for it! I have donated and sent your post to as many people as I can think of. You are such a good friend to so many. Thank you.

  20. Barb is truly an inspirational lady! I feel so blessed to have been able to contribute to her project. I shared her story on facebook and hope that others were motivated to help her care for these children. I loved your post Jeanne. I know you and Kim are such wonderful friends and what you are doing is so very touching. I love how one kind act can turn into thousands. Thank You

  21. Hi Jeanne- Thanks so much for letting me know about this opportunity. I am excited to be involved!

  22. Of course I had to share about this…on facebook…and then give. How to not get to be the smallest part of something so big beyond us all? Had to give.

  23. I donated and shared this on facebook when Kimberly first posted about it. And I am happy to share it again. It was a good reminder to go and check on the progress. I am rooting for them to get 100% of the money they need to give these children a home. What an amazing woman that everyone can learn heart felt compassion from.
    Kathy