Forgotten Voices' Mission:

"Demonstrating the love of Jesus Christ by equipping local churches in southern Africa to meet the physical & spiritual needs of children orphaned by AIDS in their communities."

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

12/9 - We Love to Hear Your Voice!

There is just something about Christmas and choirs. The Advent season is often synonymous with the presence of choirs: church choirs, choirs of carolers, even choirs of angels. Perhaps this is because there is nothing more beautiful than when a throng of human voices unite in consummate harmony to perform a single piece of music. There is something powerful and moving when a group of people sing together with such singular expression that every individual voice grows in magnitude and purpose until the group is able to achieve something that no single voice could accomplish on its own.

We actually think about choirs a lot at Forgotten Voices. The choir is, perhaps, the best comparison for our call to action this Advent season as we collectively raise our voices to express our solidarity and support for vulnerable children in Southern Africa. I am so incredibly blessed to be a part of this beautiful choir that God is bringing together. Parents, children, college students, professionals, retirees, and everyone in between are all uniting in a single voice to announce with great resolution and purpose that these children will not be forgotten. Their lives are important and we will make their stories our own. They are certainly not forgotten by God and therefore we also refuse to forget them.

I want to try something different today. Admittedly, this is a bit of an experiment. I want to celebrate all of the amazing things that supporters of all ages, backgrounds, and geographic locations are doing as part of the Forgotten Voices choir. If you have ever done something on behalf of Forgotten Voices and the children we serve, I ask you to take a moment and leave a comment on this blog post. There is no special login or registration required to leave a note. Simply click on the "Comments" link below and share your voice with everyone.

All too often we are not aware of the many wonderful things people from all over the globe are doing to support the work of Forgotten Voices. So this is a special time and place where we can come together and celebrate our collective campaign of love and empowerment for vulnerable children in Africa. Perhaps you have helped with an event for Forgotten Voices or maybe you have mentioned Forgotten Voices in a simple conversation with a friend. Whatever the case, no matter how big or small you believe the action to be, I encourage you to share it with the rest of us. After all, as Mother Theresa was found of saying, "We can do no great things, only small things with great love." Let's celebrate these little acts of love. This post is all about providing a place for us all to listen. We want to hear your voice.

Today, please take a moment to leave a comment and share your voice. Share the small acts of love you are doing on behalf of these incredible children in Southern Africa. By the way, there is always plenty of room for more in the choir. Won't you consider joining?

I send you blessings as a member of the choir,



Anonymous said...

One of the first things we ever did for Forgotten Voices was probably one of the most meaningful for us. We decided that if people around the world could live on a diet with very little variety, then we could too. We went an entire month just eating rice and beans, and took all the money we saved on grocery bills to Forgotten Voices. It was a really engaging way for us to make a difference, and we'll probably do it again sometime!
Ellen S.

Annie said...

Wow Ellen- a whole month! That's commitment. My family did that once, but only for a week, and we donated the money to somewhere other than Forgotten Voices.

I got to help answer questions and hand out info about Forgotten Voices at a concert once. That was fun!