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Sunday, September 26, 2010

DIG DEEP purse raffle

ANGELINA JOLIE has a heart for orphans, global poverty, the 1.1 billion people in the world that do not have access to clean water and even more causes that she is passionate about. This mom has a huge heart for all injustice in our world. We are excited she has come along side us with DIG DEEP! As you already know the generous, Angelina, autographed and donated 2 designer purses to raise awareness and money to bring safe, clean, accessible water to rural, southern Ethiopia.

The DIG DEEP fundraising committee decided to sell 100 chances at $100 per chance to win one of her FABULOUS purses! It is getting exciting! As you can see below many have already purchased their chance. We bought 2 decks of cards, threw away the 4 Jokers and there you have your 100 chances. When you purchase a chance card (raffle ticket) we write your name on a card and it will be entered into the live drawing to be held at the fundraiser on October 8th.

To increase your chances of winning we will ONLY sell 100 chances. AND even better there are 2 purses, 2 FABULOUS purses to be given away! Winners need not be present to win. You will be notified by phone or email. The first card/name drawn will win white purse. The second card/name drawn will win black purse. Both purses signed and donated by Angelina Jolie. All donations will be sent to A Glimmer of HOPE. All donations are tax deductible.

Now, don't you think it is time you bought your chance to win a purse signed by Angelina Jolie? Less than 2 weeks to go and only 70 chances left! Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to DIG DEEP and bring safe, clean water to our brothers and sisters in rural, southern Ethiopia! Leave me a comment or email me at joutman@charter.net if you have any further questions.! You can donate through paypal on Julie's blog .

Don't forget to join us for our adopt a Build-a-Bear, hair bows and headbands, and over 100 purses for sale at the DIG DEEP fundraiser.
Friday night, October 8th
La Croix Church, in THE PORCH
5:00-9:00 pm Please Join US! It will be a family fun event where together we can make a lasting positive impact on the lives of our brothers and sisters in rural, southern, Ethiopia!

Monday, September 13, 2010


FRIENDS, FAMILY, and HEARTS for AFRICA use our paypal button to purchase your raffle ticket now!
This lovely mom, Angelina Jolie (pictured above) donated 2 of her designer purses and signed both to help us raise money to build a well in Ethiopia. Julie, my partner in well building happens to be Brad Pitt's little sister. Is this totally FABULOUS or what?!
This is a photo of the Salvatore Ferragamo, white leather purse - retail value $1,500
Here is the autograph inside the black purse!
This photo is of the black leather/python Gucci purse - retail value $5,000.

Raffle tickets are $100 each. ONLY 100 tickets will be sold. Your chances of winning are greater because we have 2 purses as prizes. The first ticket drawn will win the WHITE purse. The second ticket drawn will win the BLACK purse.

Drawing to be held October 8, 2010, 9:00 pm at the Dig Deep Fundraiser being held at La Croix Church The Porch in Cape Girardeau from 5:00 - 9:00 pm. All money will be donated to A Glimmer Of Hope to build a well in southern Ethiopia. Winners will be notified by phone or e-mail. To purchase tickets, please e-mail either joutman@charter.net or jujuneal@gmail.com. They are going quick. 6 tickets have already been sold - hurry and get yours!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Drilling for Clean Water

Live Drill - No water for our birthday in Central African Republic from charity: water on Vimeo.

Live Drill Day 2 - We Hit Water! from charity: water on Vimeo.

This is the reality of drilling for water. Julie and I know in the southern region of Ethiopia drilling the well will be a huge project, not unlike this one. Unfortunately, the area we want to bring clean water does not have a clean, strong source we can tap into. The closest water source is 45 min walk and it is contaminated water. The well we will dig will look similar to this project in the video. The well we dig will be very expensive. It is true, sometimes it only cost $5,000 to build a well. Some wells have even been hand dug. That is not the reality we are facing. It is a huge project on many levels but that is why it is so necessary.

Did you ever think getting water, clean, drinking water could be so difficult. I didn't either. In America it is just not a reality we deal with. But to 1 billion people around the world it is reality!

You may be asking, "Michelle, clean water, is it really that big of a deal?" read on. . .

*1 Billion people around the world do not have access to clean water.

*Water related diseases claim 5 million lives per year.

In rural (southern) Ethiopia the statistics are even worse

*only 1 person in 10 has access to clean water.

*1 Ethiopian child in 10 dies before their fifth birthday, 1/2 of those die of diarrhea.

*a baby's chance of dying from diarrhea is 520 times greater that if they were born in Europe or the US

*women and children walk hours a day to collect water from polluted sources.

*their loads can weigh upwards of 60 lbs.

So I now ask you this question, is this okay with you? Do you think this is a big deal now? Please join us in our effort to make clean water a reality for southern Ethiopia. Spread the news and bring awareness, tell others about our fundraiser, donate to our well project, there are many ways to help. Let us be used by the Lord to bring the Good News to southern Ethiopia, let us bring them life = clean water.

Thank you Julie for encouraging me today. We will have tough days but you are right, we have been called by HIM and He does not call the equipped. He EQUIPS the CALLED!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

We're going to the zoo, zoo, zoo!

Fall arrived in the Cape! When we woke up this morning it was 47*. We packed up the BIG and little p's and headed north for the St Louis Zoo! What a great day. We have a photograph of Parker and Paeton in this Hippo's mouth from about 10 years ago. I'll try to find it and scan it in so we can all see the big change!
Phisher, where otter you?
The Children's museum is featuring amphibians. The orange and blue frog outside were by far the most fun.