I am very, VERY excited to announce a NEW line of my work...I'm calling it Birds For Babies. My heart has always desperately yearned to adopt a child, especially from Asia. Since this isn't possible for us right now, I have been really desiring to start a portion of my business that is solely dedicated to raising funds for orphans and infants in need.
There is a non-profit organization that I have supported for a while now in China. It's called Chumaio Little Flower. The reason why I love this organization is that 100% of donated money goes to the medical costs of these infants that are abandoned, mainly b/c of medical issues. They take in many infants who are extremely premature with complex medical problems and nurse them back to health, giving them a chance that they might never have otherwise had in life. Their work includes special care for infants, hospice orphan care, group educational foster care, long term care in homes and early education.
I believe strongly that God gives each of us talents and abilities that we are to use to help others and to glorify God. Art is a talent that was given to me and I sincerely desire for this project to be used to assist others.
About 7 months ago, I became interested in tangling (which is really just glorified doodling...ha ha). The idea came to me that with the popularity of birds, people might be interested in a fresh, new art form...modern, intricate, delicate and extremely versatile....black and white tangled birds that can basically be matted and framed in any color and/or style to suit anyone and everyone's decorating tastes. The birds can be hung in groups or alone in a variety of sizes. The possibilities were endless when it came to styles in framing, matting, printing on canvas, etc...
If you go to the Birds for Babies page, you will find out more information about how to order a print.
What I would eventually like to incorporate into this line of artwork is specific, local families who are fund raising for their adoptions. I'd like to create a piece of art that they can then make available for their friends, family and church members to purchase and assist them in bringing their baby or child home. I would have an small application process. I won't have the time to do this for every family that applies, unfortunately, b/c my availability can be limited throughout the year, but we will see where the Lord leads us with every family who is interested. Your bird or design could even be named for the child that you are adopting. It doesn't even have to be a bird, it could be an elephant or a puppy...or whatever image you associate with your adopted child.
If you purchase an original Birds For Babies piece of art, the price is $600.00 per piece and 90% of the profit will be donated to adoption causes. If you purchase a print online, 90% of my print royalty will be donated. The remaining 10% will be used for supplies, advertising flyers, framing originals, purchasing prints, etc.
I am opening up a Birds For Babies Facebook page so that you can keep up with the latest designs, donations, etc. Birds For Babies is NOT a non-profit and cannot accept donations. Purchasing art is not tax-deductible and legal sales taxes are applicable for all purchases.
So, what I need is your help. I need to be able to get the word out there. If you could share the Facebook page, website link, blog...anything and everything helps. This has been a long time in the making, but I'm praying that God will really use this in a great way to help supply orphans with care, families and the love that God wants and desires them to have.
James 1:27 beautifully states that, "Pure and undefiled worship in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world."
Why is this considered to be "pure" worship in God's eyes? Because orphans cannot give anything back to you. They are truly 100% dependent on a love that gives wholly.....sacrificially, expecting nothing in return. This is a pure, undefiled love...an unconditional, truly exquisitely beautiful love...and it's the love the Jesus showed to us in dying for us even when we were still sinners.
This is why it's pure worship.
Thank you for joining me in this journey and for assisting me in getting the word out. There have been so many answers to prayers and so many people who have helped along the way. Thank you! I appreciate it with all my heart.
Let's make a difference for these little ones.....one bird at a time!
I'm a wife and mother of four kids. I homeschool, paint, run, and garden! I am always interested in digging truths out of Scripture. Here, you'll find my thoughts on art, adoption, gardening, mothering, homeschooling, books and whatever else is on my mind. Enjoy!
Creativity doesn't exist in a vacuum - like skepticism, it's a means, not an end. It cries out for a theme. To treat creativity as an end in itself is to assume godlike character for humans as though they could create ex nihilo. -J. Cheane