Friday, June 25, 2010

Please Join Us!


Pure and undefiled religion before God the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their misfortune and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
~James 1:27

For the past three years our family has been blessed to be a part of the amazing
Riverbend Ranch Charity Carnival! It's an fantastic work run by Christian families solely for the benefit of widows and orphans. 100 percent- yes really- 100 percent- of every contribution goes to the selected charity for the year.

All the prizes and costs are covered by local business owners and families that participate (primarily the Kjeldgaard family) so that every dollar spent by participants is donated directly to widows and orphans!

This is the organization being benefitted this year:

Drawn from Water an organization that rescues tribal children from being drown if they are born with a birth defect or suspected of being cursed.

Please stop reading this now. Please go to Drawn from Water and watch the short video on their website. Then return here. If you are not completely moved with a desire to help, then please don't feel obligated. But if this moves your heart to act please come on back and find out how you can help!


This economy is tough. We know of one Christian family that just didn't have the money to donate this year, but decided to buy raffle tickets (where the carnival makes the biggest amount of money) with a portion of their savings. That may sound crazy to some, but they know that the money is safe now where it will not be lost.

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
~Matthew 6:19

We would absolutely love if each one of you could come on out tomorrow and join us. We know for some, that is just not possible. If you can come, it will be a fantastic family day spent with other like minded Christian families. Admission is FREE and games are very low cost for those attending. If you come out, please find us- we will be manning the Craft Booth and we'd love to meet you!

If you cannot come, would you please consider donating? At the end of the raffle page is the option to simply donate.

If you have a blog or FaceBook page, please link over and ask your friends and family to join us.

We can make an eternal difference today!

Richest blessings to you!

Photo: Our little Lydia with her prize from the Goldfish Toss Booth.

The carnival's history:

In 2007, over $8000 was donated to Acres of Hope, an orphanage and relief organization working in Monrovia, Liberia.

In 2008, over $16,000 was donated to the Davis Family Educational Fund administered by Central Valley Presbyterian Church to help the newly widowed Heather Davis and her children.

2009 witnessed yet another rise as $20,000 was raised on behalf of Agape Children's Ministry of Modesto and Seeds in His Garden Ministry of Monterey. Each organization works with children in Kenya and received $10,000 form Carnival donations


  1. Beautiful Blog Post! I think I will go! :-)


  2. Will you? I don't suppose we might find your family manning the cake walk?

    Not sure why I would suspect that... you aren't too partial to those, are you?

    Any Terrell Tigers out there ready to win a cake? ; )

  3. How I wish I could come! Maybe next year. So many great things this summer, and only so much time to drive to them all! I pray next year I can come and visit. However, I know you will take great pictures to recap the great event tomorrow, just like you did last year. Enjoy!!!

  4. What a wonderful event Rebecca!! :D You know if we lived anywhere in the vicinity, we'd be there. ;) Hope it's a huge success!!! xoxo

  5. Thanks Debra- I understand. Hope you can be there next year. I am suffering with a bit of dehydration today, but hope to have photos up soon!

    Hi Saminda! I absolutely believe that. Thanks so much. Over $9,000 was raised which will be doubled by a team of business men, so over $18,000 will be donated to Drawn From Water!

    To God be the glory!

  6. I just LOVE the pic with the fish in the bag! ADORABLE!!!

    muvh love ~