Still loving CFA!

I know, I’ve shared a lot in the past about reasons we love Chick-fil-A at 33rd & Broadway in Edmond. We have another one to add to the list -they have contributed towards our fundraising for our LST project to Natal Brazil.

Last week they hosted a fundraising spirit night for us. We had a great time inviting friends and were really looking forward to a fun, packed night at the restaurant. And then Oklahoma Spring weather hit. Lots of rain and storms all around meant it was quiet in there…quieter than I’ve ever seen in an evening.

We considered trying to reschedule, but we didn’t really have a way to tell everyone that we’d invited about a new plan. We’d handed out flyers to Joanna’s classmates, 3 adult classes, and everywhere else we could think of. So we went ahead with the original plan in spite of the forecast and dark skies.

As luck would have it there were some bags of cookies available. Since it was Treat Thursday, people who ordered for curbside delivery received a free 6 count cookie as a treat. Due to the weather there were way less curbside delivery orders than usual so there were extra cookies. The marketing manager offered them to us at a discount to sell. We figured it was worth a try, after all they are pretty good cookies. And, it worked, a Facebook post and blog post resulted in people claiming all the bags. When they delivered them to me so we could deliver them I found out that we could keep everything we collected for them, they gave them as a donation!! Joanna and I had a great time Friday delivering them to lots of friends all around Edmond.

And, then last night we were given 10 more bags to use for fundraising.

These 3 events together resulted in $273.21! What a great blessing to us!!

In case you’re still reading and wondering, we’re scheduled to fly to Natal one month from today and we need $2,212.83 to finish up our fundraising. If you’re able to help with that, you can give online.

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Looking for a unique gift?

photo of red gift box

As holiday giving options are popping up all around us, I have one more for you to consider. If you have someone on your list that you’d like to give a gift but they already “have everything”, how about making a donation to our Let’s Start Talking project on their behalf?

You can make a donation online and then let me know that it’s a gift for your person. I’ve got a couple of things in mind that you’d receive in return:

  • A Christmas ornament handmade by Joanna thanking you for helping us share Jesus this summer.
  • A report after the project is complete letting you know about all the cool things you made possible.
  • Satisfaction from helping some people learn about Jesus that may not otherwise hear the Good News.
  • That cool feeling that comes from finding a perfect gift! (This is one that is helpful to several people, doesn’t require any storage space or batteries, and isn’t something calorie-laden that includes guilt for eating)

So, please, join us if you can! Any amount you can give will be appreciated and get us closer to our goal.  And, yes, your donation is welcome even if it’s not a gift for someone 🙂

And, right now, LST is offering gift certificates -these are a way for your donation to increase by 10%. So, if you’re interested in giving that way, check out the info about gift certificates.

Time to do LST again!

After a 7 year hiatus we’re excited to be planning to participate in a Let’s Start Talking project this coming summer.

We’re still working out the details of where we’ll be serving and whether or not our team will be bigger than the 3 of us (let me know if you wanna join us), but we have applied, have started re-reading Luke, and are beginning the fundraising process.

So, join us if you can! Check out some ways:

  • Join our team and go with us.
  • Pray about the work.
  • Make a financial donation. If you’re not a fan of giving online we can send you an envelope, just let me know and we’ll get one on the way to you 🙂

Though there are lots of details still to be decided, we do know that the main work we’ll be doing is helping people learn about God’s love by reading Luke and practicing English. We’ve seen such change in people’s attitudes about Scripture in the past by spending time reading with us that we know lives can be changed by our willingness to serve in this way.

We’re looking forward to the project and hopeful you’ll join us in anyway you can!

Here’s the link again in case you’re able to give online: https://give.idonate.com/lets-start-talking-estes-family/support#donate