Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Do You Have Yours?

Have you gotten your t-shirt yet? Gwen is selling these awesome shirts to help fund her next two adoptions.

I got my t-shirt in the mail yesterday and wore it to school today. It was amazing. I have to admit I was a little nervous about wearing it to a public school because it is really bold, but it turned out to be great. The front of the shirt says, "147 million orphans in the world", and the picture is of the back. I felt like a billboard all day because it got everyone's attention, teachers and students alike. The most popular response to the front was, "really?" I think that's amazing because most people have no idea about the orphans of the world. When I showed them the back, alot of the adults said "awww". I hated that response because the shirt isn't about saying something sweet. I think it just left them speachless, so "aww" was all they could come up with. The most powerful conversations I had were with the kids. Most of the students I see are in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. I think 80% of my students read my shirt today. It was so powerful. I just kept thinking, "what if this is the first seed planted in their hearts for the orphans. What if they adopt one day...". I actually teared up a couple of times while they were reading the back. I think it's because they all read it out loud. What a blessing to be able to speak that scripture into their lives!

Gwen, what a blessing you are! Your heart for orphans is so contagious. It is spreading to hundreds (thousands) of people you will never even meet. I am so thankful our paths crossed. BTW...I REALLY need a short sleeved shirt!!!! It is awfully warm here, and I don't want to have to stop wearing my shirt!!


sara said...

i LOVE it!! i will have to head on over & check them out! And what a great cause :)

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

I have mine ordered and it is on it's way to me...
YEA.. can't wait to wear mine to work.. can you imagine all the people that will see that HUGE message..
I need a short sleeve shirt also..
I will have to let Gwen know this.. HOT here also..
Hugs.. girly..
Have a great week..
Love ya..

ADELE said...

I have loved wearing mine as well. Like you, I need a short sleeved shirt too because I love wearing it. I have worn it every other day so all of this wash and wear will cause me to have to order another one. LOL.
I got some "awwwww" responses when people would read the back. I wanted to say "Don't say AWWWW, just adopt!!!!" LOL.
I love that so many students read your shirt. What an opportunity to be able to share your heart about adoption.
Love you,

Stephanie said...

That's an awesome shirt!!! I love that you gave those kids what was probably their first glimpse into adoption..who knows what that will mean in their lives :)

Christy said...

Love the shirt and have not gotten one but think I will. I think people have no idea how many orphans are out there and honestly I think our kids here in the usa have no clue. Parents dont really talk to their kids about it so im sure your shirt will create a few nice conversations at homes tonight-- very cool!!

Thanks tons for your comment on my blog. It meant a lot to me!!


Keisha said...

I love that shirt! No, I don't have one.. yet..:) That is so true.. you never know how many seeds are being planted by those kids seeing your shirt. I've had MANY young kids say... that's what I want to do when I get older.. ADOPT! I just smile and tear up & say.. I wish you the best sweetie!! It just makes my heart GLAD I tell ya!!!
And,.. YOU GO MOMMA.. wearing that shirt with boldness & spreading the news.

Oatsvall Team said...

OK, now I am tearing up ... thank you sweet sister and I pray that each young child will keep in their heart a place for the orphans so when they are grown they will give them a strong voice ... love you 2 ... I do pray God takes this shirt and does amazing things !!!!

p.s. SSSSHHH YOU MOTIVATED ME (working on a short sleeve version, but gotta sell these long sleeve ones 1st) lol

Heather said...

I'm actually giving away one of these shirts on my blog. All one has to do is leave a comment.

I'm with you - love that Gwen is getting people to think about the orphans. Imagine the results from her brilliant idea!

carolinagirl said...

Hey girl...I bought mine last night! I can't wait to get it! The Oatsvall Mom was also able to suggest a blogger to me who has adopted from Russia twice. Yeah! So glad you posted on this!!! Thanks!

The Byrd's Nest said...

I love that shirt are just much more honest about things and will say exactly what they are thinking. Sounds like the shirt was extremely powerful....

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