WEEK 17 – THE 52 WEEK LOVE PROJECT
Welcome to Week 17 of The 52 Week Love Project. The project designed to recognize 52 inspiring humans who are giving back to our community – whether in a small way or by creating a movement for change and inspiration.
The project will showcase LOVE at it’s finest, share their stories – what they do and why they do it! It’s an opportunity for us to find out what inspires them and what keeps them going when challenges or self-doubt assail them.
MEET: Amanda, The Founder of ‘Actions Speak Louder’
When asked what advice she had for others that want to make a difference in the world:
“I would say take action. Lots of people are willing to have an opinion, but how many of us are willing to spend our own money and time to actually do something? If you want to make a difference, you must be willing to sacrifice and work.
We have too many people in this world with all kinds of opinions, but nothing but apathy when it comes to acting on them. Begin researching. Brainstorm for solutions. Put a plan together. Take action.”
WHERE DID IT ALL BEGIN?
I have had a heart for Africa for a long time. It was always my dream to visit and meet people, as well as doing mission work. I never thought it would come to fruition. Through a mutual friend who does work there, I met a pastor who has an orphanage in Uganda. I wanted to help them with funding, but no one was interested because I hadn’t been there in person and I didn’t have non-profit status. After some discussion with my mother, I found out about a group of ladies taking a trip there and they gave me permission to join them. I wrote sponsorship letters and was able to raise enough money in just a few short weeks!
While I was there, I saw such poverty and need. I also saw a husband and wife who give their lives selflessly to care for 17 orphans who need a family. I lost my heart there and knew I had to help.
WHAT DO YOU DO?
Once I got home, I obtained a business license, did the research and the filing and was granted 501c3 status. Thus far, we have been able to sustain the orphanage’s basic needs for two months! God is providing for them and my faith is strengthened! There is still much we’d like to do for the orphanage and in the community.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU?
I have been a Christian for a long time. I got really tired of feeling like I was living a stale faith. I prayed and asked God to show me where I could take action in His name and live a more radical faith….really live out what I say I believe!
HOW DO YOU GET PAST SELF DOUBT?
I have certainly struggled with self-doubt. First, I never thought I would be able to do something like this. I always thought I’d like to volunteer for someone who does. I met a lot of resistance, even in my own church. It was extremely disheartening. I prayed a lot and asked for wisdom. I also have parents, a husband, and a few close friends who believe I am called to do this and are very supportive! It has been so helpful.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHERS WHO WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE/CHANGE IN THE WORLD?
I would say take action. Lots of people are willing to have an opinion, but how many of us are willing to spend our own money and time to actually do something? If you want to make a difference, you must be willing to sacrifice and work. We have too many people in this world with all kinds of opinions, but nothing but apathy when it comes to acting on them. Begin researching. Brainstorm for solutions. Put a plan together. Take action.
DO YOU HAVE A QUOTE OR EXPRESSION THAT YOU LIVE BY?
Because of the self-doubt and doubt from others, I cling to this verse in the Bible:
“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”
WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO?
I am also a Grant Manager, setting up, creating ads, and managing them for nonprofit organizations who are wanting more exposure to their cause.
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