Investing doesn’t always reap a return. You can see that if you are investing in the stock market and you choose the wrong stock. Or if you choose a great stock and the market plummets. How about the person you see needing a hand up or encouragement to keep striving toward their goal but they give up because it’s just too hard? Does it mean that you didn’t do the right thing? Or care enough to share your life, experiences, resources and efforts with someone who didn’t deserve it? Maybe it had nothing to do with you but with that person. Maybe they weren’t ready to hear what you had to say, or receive what you had to give?
I read a quote recently that made me stop and think. It was actually discouraging to me. It said, “Don’t invest in anyone that doesn’t invest in you.” When our family chose to adopt this little blue-eyed boy from across the ocean, we knew it would be an investment. We knew it would be an investment of our time, resources, and effort without ever seeing a return. That was before he ever came home. Now that he’s home, it’s cost us even more than we ever imagined in all of those areas. Here’s the catch: I may never hear his sweet voice say, “I love you, momma.” But hearing Deividas giggle makes us giggle. Getting a front-row seat, as we watch him learning to navigate the world around him is worth repeating the same task for the one-millionth time. We won’t talk about the lack of sleep… (Let’s just say, I like my sleep and I may not always have sweet things to say about not getting a full 8 hours). He’s not giving us a return on our investment really. He’s not progressing the way we would like and had hoped. He’s not investing in us. Is it wrong? Are we wasting our time? I don’t believe so.
So what does all this have to do with Habesha Momma. We need you to invest.
How can you choose to invest? A great way is by becoming a Ripple Maker. A Ripple Maker is an advocate for Habesha Momma. Engage with us by learning about our vision then share our story and our programs with your circle of influence. Be willing to host opportunities for others to get involved. Partner with us financially by becoming a monthly partner of any amount.
Singer Michael W. Smith said, “Transformation in the world happens when people are healed and start investing in other people.” We here at Habesha Momma are trying to live this out in our personal lives as well as through this organization. We believe in helping others by investing in their lives, never expecting a return for our efforts. Our goal is to inspire you to do the same. We want you to partner with us by investing in the education and clean water for our brothers and sisters across the world. We encourage you to engage with us as we inspire others to greatness.
The best part of investing with Habesha Momma is having the opportunity see a return on your investment in person. You may choose to travel with us on one of our trips to help build, deliver and install water filters to the families who will receive them.
On the same trip, you can visit our students at the Mulat Knowledge School in Hawassa or any of the other amazing organizations we choose to partner with. Your investment, whether it’s your time, resources, or efforts are used to bring that transformation in a world that needs to see the good in it.
Ordinary people believe only in the possible. Extraordinary people visualize not what is possible or probable, but rather what is impossible. And by visualizing the impossible, they begin to see it as possible. ~ Cherie Carter-Scott
Written by Laurie Enoch Board of Directors Director of Sponsorship and Funding