Friday, May 16, 2014

Giving Up Sugar

Today, and for the next 3 Fridays, Angel has committed to Giving Up sugar. In her own words:

"I learned about "Giving Up To Give" via FB, by scrolling through everyday news feed. Honestly, I was not interested at first.  I didn't even bother to read into it.  But, numerous feeds about it kept popping up in my page, and that caught my attention.  (The Lord knows how to grab His children's attention).  I decided to give it look, and was drawn to the many stories of families who are giving up to help the children of Congo. 
I have always wanted to go on a missions trip, and I guess for me, this seems like a useful way of being a part of God in action, fasting something, and praying . 
I have prayed, over a period of several months now, and have decided to give up for one month of Fridays, sugar.  During this time, I will fast sugar and be in prayer for the people of Congo, and those of us who have made a choice to get involved in God's work.  It is my way of staying connected to missions, and being His hands and feet for these people in Congo. 
God has blessed my family so much, and I want to give back in part and in someway, what He has given to me and my family, and be a part of changing lives for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ!  Amen! "
We appreciate Angel's purposefulness in her Giving Up and her desire to not only Give Up sugar, but also to be praying for the work of Giving Back To Africa.
What about you? Has there been something that you have been thinking about Giving Up? Are you feeling pushed to be a part of change that is bigger than you? If so, now is the time to join Giving Up To Give.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

April Totals

Together, during the month of April, we Gave a total of $106 to Giving Back To Africa. That brings our yearly total to $1,368.51.
$106 may not seem like a lot of money, but that pays for...
  • Three teacher's salaries for a month
  • 10 students' participation in a Community Service Action (where they take all they are learning and go out into their community to provide change through service).
The Community Service Actions are the culmination of weeks of learning and are the thrust of Giving Back To Africa's educational model. These students (most of whom would otherwise not have a voice) are empowered with knowledge and problem solving skills, which they then take into the community through service. When these students are empowered to speak and serve, people listen and change happens. Parents are elated, community members are asking questions, people are coming together to make real improvements to their community, and vulnerable children are blossoming. That is a lot of good stuff for $106!
We would love to see our yearly total surpass the $1500 mark before the end of June. But we need your help! Comment on this post, email us at, or comment on one of our facebook posts and we will sign you up.  Or sign up on the Giving Up calendar yourself by clicking on the button in the sidebar. Now is the time to join Giving Up To Give!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Walking in the rain

Beth Yoder and her family have chosen to Give Up driving on Wednesdays in May--even when it is raining like it was today for them. Here's why:

"On Wednesdays in May my family will be walking, not driving, so that we can show our kids how choices we make can impact the success of students at the Centre Salisa school through donations. Will you join me in making a choice to give up something you can do without so that students can have a chance to develop skills that will allow them to take control of their own lives? Giving Back to Africa is at a pivotal expansion point and needs your support."

This kind of purposeful commitment is what drives Giving Up To Give, and it also reflects the kind of work Giving Back to Africa is doing.

You don't have to Give Up driving (although we won't discourage it!) to make an impact with Giving Back To Africa. Commit to Giving Up potato chips or cold cereal or drive thru runs, even for just a short period of time. Purposeful and commited Giving Up ALWAYS makes a difference.


Monday, May 12, 2014

Giving Up To Give: Changing Your Diet

For two weeks (from May 1st through May 15th) Leticia has commited to Giving Up part of her regular diet so that she can Give to GBA.

"I am giving up eating fruits for two weeks so I can save money to donate to GBA. I am an African, and I want to give back to my motherland, Africa, by supporting GBA's mission of empowering young people."


We are challenged by this idea of changing our diet over the course of several days so that we can support vulnerable children in the Congo. What about you? Is there any food you could Give Up for a week, 2 weeks, or a month so that you can Give to GBA?