Never Too Young…

I am speechless and in awe of Rachel Beckwith, a 9-year-old girl from Bellevue, Washington. She said that she’d discovered that most children in Africa do not live to see their 5th birthday because they don’t have access to safe, clean drinking water.

Her birthday was coming and she decided she wanted to give the gift of water to the people in Africa by raising money for water wells. Her goal was to raise $300. How amazing that Rachel chose at a young age to be a radical giver. She chose to focus outward, on others, on loving people. Her passion and generosity are proof that one person can truly make a huge difference in standing for a transformed world. She decided that people in Africa matter, that generosity matters, that love matters. How powerful it is when we make a declaration that we will stand for what God cares about rather than focusing inward.

Rachel never got to see that goal realized because she died in a tragic car accident before the money was raised. The amazing part of this story is that since her death, her fundraising page has reached $368,000 in donations.

It really is true then, that one is never too young to make an eternal impact on this world. Rachel’s maturity and discernment to stand for truth at such a young age is astounding. It reminds me of the verse that says, “Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.
1 Timothy 4:12

You can read her full story at:

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/donations-pour-9-old-clean-water-cause-tragic-153811801.html
Living Water!

Ringless in Christ,

Ali Eastburn

Through the Fire

Through the Fire

I recently met a man at a conference I attended.  His name was David, and he told me a story that I will never forget.

At the age of twenty, David was engaged to marry the love of his life.  But ten days before their wedding, their apartment building caught fire and the only way out was through the flames.  In an act of pure courage, they both ran through the fire.

By the time they got past the flames, they were both on fire.  They dropped and rolled, but by the time the flames subsided, they were both badly burned.  Over 70% of his body was burned and over 90% of hers.

The doctors put David into a medically-induced coma for thirty days so his body could recover from the extensive injuries.  Ten days in, his bride-to-be was buried on what would have been their wedding day.

When he woke up from the coma, he realized that his entire future had changed.  He began to approach life differently and everything seemed to point him in the direction of a loving savior, Jesus Christ.

That was twenty years ago.  David is now the pastor of a small church, married to a beautiful Christian woman, and has children of his own.  He knows that the grace of God saved him and believes he is a living example of God’s love to so many hurting and lost people.

Despite his crushing loss at such a young age, David kept the rings that he and his fiancée were to exchange. He had always hoped to do something of significance with them.  After he and his wife heard about With This Ring, he knew what to do with the rings.  The very rings that could have signified death and hopelessness will instead be used to bring health, hope, and life for children on the other side of the world.

Is there something you’ve been holding on to that represents hopelessness and loss?  Would you trust God to redeem that for you and give health, hope, and life to someone else?  What step can you take today to make it happen?

I’d love to hear your story of how God is moving in your life to transform you into a radical giver.  Don’t hesitate to email me at ali@withthisring.org and tell me your story!

Ringless in Christ,

Ali Eastburn