It's been a while since I've posted a blog because of starting nursing school this semester, but great people have still been doing GREAT things for Project Sunset!!!
Heather Andreasen and her son, Brayden, raised money for 90 nets by doing garage sales over the summer! Heather is the Women's Coordinator for my church here on campus at SVSU and her son Brayden heard about Project Sunset through her because she has been a huge supporter of Project Sunset since the beginning! Brayden really wanted to start raising money and so to begin he got his little brother Tolbin and some of his friends to wear Project Sunset shirts with him every day for a month to school - talk about good advertisement! Then this past summer Heather and Brayden worked extremely hard gathering items to have numerous garage sales to raise money to buy nets. Thank you so much Heather and Brayden!!!
In October I was blessed with a lot of opportunities to spread the word about Project Sunset to a lot of different people!
I had the privilege of going to Faith Alliance Church in Ohio to participate in their Missions Conference. I had the opportunity to share about Project Sunset and E4 Project with Eric Schmidt, one of the founders of E4. A huge personal highlight for me was that I also got to see Pastor Jacob from Gabon who was there to speak all week for their conference. It was so great to see him again!
During the weekend I got to meet a lot of people that have supported Project Sunset in the past and meet people who now look forward to supporting Project Sunset in the future. I spent Sunday morning with the kids and we had tons of fun playing games and they were so interested in learning about Malaria so that they could find ways to help! I had a wonderful weekend and I am so thankful for all of the support Project Sunset received in just two days! We now have 39 more people proudly wearing Project Sunset shirts and spreading the word in Ohio! Thank you Faith Alliance Church!!!
In October I had three other speaking opportunities to share about Project Sunset. Michigan Campus Compact, a group who is focused on getting college students involved in community service, asked me to sit on a panel for a student leader's conference about how to make a difference in the world around them. The second opportunity was thanks to Brian Thomas, one of my professors here at SVSU who has always been a great supporter of Project Sunset. He asked me to share my story about Project Sunset at the Michigan Sociological Association's conference. Later in the month I was also asked to speak at a Resident Housing Association conference on campus for student leaders about how to start projects they are passionate about to make a difference in the lives of others. All of these were wonderful experiences and I am so thankful for everyone who made them possible!
Last May I went to Bowling Green Alliance Church in Ohio and spoke to their Sunday School class about Project Sunset and the kids have been faithfully bringing in money from their allowances and have raised money for 4 mosquito nets! Every little bit helps! Thank you Bowling Green Alliance kids!!
Also in October Project Sunset was asked to help host an event on campus where Jackson Kaguri, CNN Hero of the year in 2012, spoke about all he has done and is doing for his home village in Uganda through the Nyaka AIDS Orphan Project that he founded. It was a great night! He gave Project Sunset two shout-outs during his speech and even bought shirts!
I am so thankful for all of this continued support and encouragement and for all of these amazing opportunities that are better than my dreams! Thank you to everyone who has had a part in Project Sunset and continues to support Project Sunset!