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My story of the 300 at 4us!

Hello all!

How is your fall?

It has been a very long time since my last blog post. I assume at this point that any of my readers have probably given up on me by now :).  Well, life kind of got in the way, but I am finally here to give you a summary of the wonderful events that happened this last August 13-15.

In case you have not heard about the 300 or 4us, check out my original post about it here.

Now the fun part!  I get to tell you how it all went!

This event was a blast.  We arrived Thursday morning (early, I might add :), where I was assigned to the team Zulu or Kidzcare!  This was a fun team. I got to spend the day with preschoolers (best people ever!) coloring, playing games and even testing out the bouncy houses for the family fun fest. Other teams did jobs like setting up a concert stage, bouncy house blow-ups, registration, tent set-up, merchandise and food duty (and more!).  After an afternoon of playing with the kiddos (and Chick-fil-a food!) all of the 300 volunteers participated in the first ever Sound and Light games!  We played events like, tricycle relays, blow-up toy races and zip-line battles.  These were so fun!  I hung out with two sweet little boys, ages 7 and 9, who were on my team. Unfortunately, my team placed. . . dead last.  We still had a blast.  The evening finished off with a showing of Mega Mind on the big screen in the field, then off to bed in our tents.

Friday morning, we were greeted with. . . rain.  Lots and lots of rain.  Because we are in the lovely Pacific Northwest, rain is normally not a big problem.  But when you are trying to set up a mega event for thousands of people, rain and wind stop that a little bit. We prayed the rain would stop in time.  In the mean time, we attended the Sound and Light academy, where we heard two great speakers. We heard inspiring talks about how to defend our beliefs about life, how to unmask planned parenthood, and how to get people like you excited for the 300! By lunch time, the rain was blowing all the harder.  At this point, we had to make a decision: continue with the prep for our Luma Glow Fun Run that evening, or cancel the event and disappoint all of the participants.  We decided to continue with the event.  I worked with team Hotel, where we set up big light displays for the Luma Glow Run (the Luma Glow run is where participates run a 5k in the dark, guided by a glow-stick path and glow displays). The rain continued to pour. The run was scheduled at 7 pm, and by 6 pm, it was still raining.  But God does amazing things.  By 6:30, the rain had completely stopped.  It was still fairly cold, but we were ready for this 5k.  It turns out that hundreds of participates still came.  I guess Western Washington runners are not scared of some rain.  The event went off beautifully.

Saturday was the real test, since around 10 events happened that day, not just one.  There was no rain on Saturday, just blue skies. This day was a blast.  I was in charge of a bouncy house at the Family Fun Fest.  I love to see those kid’s faces light up when on a bouncy house!  Other participants completed runs, bike rides etc.  Thousands of people came, the place was packed!  It was so encouraging to see all of those people standing up for life. The day ended with the World’s Largest Squirt Gun Fight.  It was hilarious to see thousands of kids and adults soaking each other in a major battle!  After all the fun, it was time to clean up and go home.

This experience meant so much to me.  I was so encouraged to see not only the volunteers, but all of the participants taking a stand for life. I am so inspired to get out there and stand for life now.  God provided in huge ways during this event.  God is so good.

I would now like to thank every person who backed me during this journey. I am so thankful for all of you who lifted me up in prayer.  Thank you to all who came and participated! I was so happy to see some of your faces that day.

Thanks so much to all of you who gave your support through the $10/10 day campaign to help me raise $350/$1000.  What a blessing.

Well, that’s my story!

Blessings in Abundance,

Maddie

 

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Halfway mark for $10/10 day campaign!

Hello everyone!

It is the halfway point for the $10/10 day Campaign!

Thank you to every generous donor who has helped me reach $290.  Every gift, big or small makes an eternal impact.

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I still need Your help!

Will you take the time to join me on the $10/10 day Campaign by donating $10 to my 300 page?

Just in case you missed the instructions…

The $10:10 day Campaign

There is only 5 days left to make my goal of $1000.

Thank you for all your support.

Many Blessings,

Maddie

 

4us, Another Reason For Joy, CareNet, The300

My Ministry Moments: 4us!

Hello all!  I am writing today to tell you about a ministry God has put on my heart. I hope that you will be encouraged by what you read and inspired to take action.

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It starts with CareNet. CareNet is a non-political crisis pregnancy organization that seeks to empower men and women through Jesus Christ by the power of ultrasound. Their mission is to provide hope, compassion and help to anyone considering abortion by providing realistic alternatives and support. They also provide free ultrasound screenings. 96% of women who see their child on an CareNet ultrasound screen choose life! God is using CareNet to save unborn children and their families for eternity.

 

 

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I attended 4us four years ago. 4us is the Rally Round for Ultrasound in August that provides most of the funding for CareNet. Each year they have walks, runs, bike rides, a family fun fest, food and the World’s Largest Squirt Gun Fight (no joke :). All profits from 4us goes to CareNet. This event was fantastic. It was huge, family friendly and registration was easy. My day at 4us left me with a calling.

4us Bike Rides*
4us Bike Rides*
4us Motorcycle Rally*
4us Motorcycle Rally*
4us World's Largest Squirt Gun Fiight!*
4us World’s Largest Squirt Gun Fiight!*

 

As I got older, abortion became a more “hot topic” issue.  I knew I could no longer sit back and watch.  I had to take action.

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This year, I was introduced to The 300. The 300 uses all ages for one mission-to make 4us happen. The concept was modeled after Joshua fighting the Midianites with only 300 men. The 300 Volunteers will spend 3 days setting up, running, and tearing down the entire event. We will do jobs like childcare, family fun fest and photography and food stands. All of this is for one purpose-to further God’s kingdom and provide CareNet with ultrasounds.

A part of being a 300 Hero includes raising at least $300 in 300 days. I am excited and grateful that God has given me this opportunity. I know that this event is making an eternal impact.

Some  300 volunteers*
Some 300 volunteers*

The only question is, what can you do?

1. Come join me at 4us! 4us is August 14-15 at Fort Steilicoom, WA. Do a bike ride or run, or bring the whole family for the fun fest and the Squirt Gun Fight. Not only will you have an uplifting experience, but all profits go to CareNet.

2. Donate to my 300 Goal through the $10|10 day Campaign starting tomorrow, August 5. Attached is a pdf that explains how to donate!

The $10:10 day Campaign

3. Learn more. Share what you know with others! Go to The 4us website for lots of information and to register for 4us!

4. Please pray. To me this is the most important thing. God hears our prayer. God is what makes 4us possible. If you do anything, please pray.

This is how God is using me right now. I am very excited to make an impact for His Kingdom through 4us. Would you like to join my journey and support me? I am grateful for all your support, especially through prayer.

And we know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love Him, those who have been called according to His purpose.  If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:28, 31

 Mant blessings in Christ,

Maddie

*All photos with asterisk are from either 4us.org or 4us.org/the300.html