by Rachel Sawyer
How the purchase of light bulbs created the glowy goodness of a GALA filled with gracious givers . . .
And how those gracious givers raised more than $20,000 for the new Makarios school building to be built, a building that will ultimately allow Makarios to impact more children, more families, more lives.
And how the purchase of a light bulb, the giving of a gift, can change a life OR MANY. Cakito's story is an example of how generous giving combined with the love of Christ changed a life, and how that changed life is daily sharing Christ to be a LIGHT for others. A Makarios staff invested in him when he was a kid, and now he spends his days investing in others.
Yes, the investment of a light bulb is an investment into a life and that investment is powered by gracious giving. Simply put, gracious giving, whether in time, resources, skills, prayers, finances, is a powerful tool, the shiny - est of flickers, because it has the ability to iluminate hope in dark places.
The pallets at the MAK GALA began the evening hole-y, empty and dull. They ended the evening in brilliant splendor; complete, full and radiant. Each purchase of a light bulb represented an item needed for the new building: row of light bulbs purchased = new foundation: check, 6 light bulbs for plumbing: check, 2 rows of bulbs for the electrical: check. In less than 30 minutes, the pallets were transformed from dull to delightful. Even though the light bulbs purchased represented items needed for the new building, the ultimate hope is that what each light bulb TRULY represent is a LIFE transformed. One hundred light bulbs = one hundred lives transformed: check!
Thank you ~ Muchas GRACIAS to all who lovingly, kindly and generously invested in the work of Makarios by purchasing a light bulb, lighting up the pallets and providing for a bright future for our students. We are grateful to be powered by gracious giving!
It's not too late to be a part of the gracious giving! Click here for the potential to provide light, transform lives and offer hope! Also, stay tuned for a photo review of the GALA!