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Teen's Sweet 16 Party Saves Children in Kenya
A teen's decision to forsake a traditional "sweet 16" birthday party enabled her to fully fund the construction of a $30,000 church-orphanage in Kenya, providing much needed food, shelter, clothing and education for approximately 50 orphans.
MacDonald said she was deeply moved when she visited the African church-orphanage. "When we drove up to the church, I was blown away by the size, and all the time and effort put into it. It was evident that people really put their heart and soul into this project. And when I saw the orphans, my heart just broke. It was difficult not to cry and not want to take all of them back."
She initially raised money to construct an orphanage in India, costing $7,000. However, when she turned in $4,000 for that project, ICM founder Dois Rosser [http://www.icm.org/
Along the way, MacDonald received help, encouragement, vision and motivation from her friends and family. }One verse that has really gotten me though this process is Colossians 1:27. It says, 'Christ in you is the hope of glory.' Just that thought -- you are the hope of glory for somebody, for somebody else -- all it takes is faith and persistence, and God can do anything through you. It's amazing what God can do through anybody, as long as you have the faith and are willing to do what He asks.
"Some of MacDonald's friends were inspired by her actions. "
To learn more about MacDonald's experience, see pictures of her trip, watch a video interview, ask her a question, or learn more about ICM's work in Africa visit her page [http://www.icm.org/
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