Where are we going? A CarePortal Vision . . .Rich Stigall
“Piti piti zwazo fè nich li.”
As part of our international ministry, we are deeply invested with church partners in Haiti. In our interactions with our partners, we have come across this Haitian proverb. It states, “Little by little, the bird builds its nest.” It speaks to the importance of two components in building something new: time and small steps.
In the business and busyness of daily life, there is a tendency to drift into the immediate, pressing matters. How do I meet this need? How do I cover that need? Where do we find the resources for this family? Our lives can become an entrance into the ephemeral, with the next horizon just a dusk and dawn away.
So it’s important to remember. To put lines in the sand and to reflect. Today, we do just that: look back to see what God has done.
During the first six months of 2015, the CarePortal network impacted 286 children, representing 125 families. The estimated monetary impact of the needs was $36,699.
During the first six months of 2016, the CarePortal network impacted 2,399 children, representing 1,019 families. The estimated monetary impact of the needs was $298,887.
Let’s say that again: 739%.
Assuming the same rate of care throughout the rest of the year, the CarePortal network will impact 4,800 children and over 2,000 families by the end of the 2016.
With new churches enrolling every day and new regions hoping to launch CarePortal within the next year, it seems plausible that CarePortal’s impact will double in 2017 and again in 2018. What does that mean, exactly? 9,600 children in 2017. 19,200 children in 2018. That’s not cumulative either. That’s the impact in just that year.
So how does 20,000 happen? How does the CarePortal network grow to the point of impacting 20,000 children in a single year?
It’s simple. Little by little. With every church doing a little, change is possible.
Interested in sharing about CarePortal with churches in your community? Talk to your local CarePortal regional manager or contact us at [email protected] for more information.