Both Hands Project
About a year ago, we felt God tugging on our hearts to begin pursuing our second child. I struggled with this, wondering how we would raise the necessary finances, wondering if we were supposed to do something, or a lot of things, or if He wanted us to sit back and see what He would do. But Godâ€™s call was clear, as was the strong assurance from Him that He would provide all we needed to bring this child He had placed in our heartsâ€™ home.
As we prayed, a friend pointed us to a great book called â€œAdopt Without Debtâ€. An article about a fund-raiser in that book was life-changing for us. It is called BOTH HANDS and is a project that would be similar to a charity golf outing or a walk-a-thon. But the big difference, and the one that pulled us immediately on board, was that instead of doing a one day project just to raise money without any other lasting benefits, this is a one day project that is life changing, community building and literally affecting lives around the world.
Here is the premise: an adoptive family, desiring to bring home a child, yet lacking finances to do so; a widow or widower, trying to hang on to their house, but unable to make needed repairs; a group of friends coming out to work on the house, along with those behind-the-scene folks that help procure supplies and a whole host of friends and family willing to sponsor the adoptive family and friends for the day. We later found out that donations can be accepted on our childâ€™s behalf up until the child comes home!
In the end the widow is blessed, a large group of workers meet and make new friends with each other as they create much more of a sense of community around them, local businesses become involved, and ultimately, others are given the opportunity to be a part of helping a widow and knowing that they were able to help bring a child to their forever family.
James 1:27 tells us â€œPure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.â€
To see more details, including a short video of the day (a picture really is worth a thousand words) check out our page at www.bothhandsfoundation.org/tim-and-debbie-swingle.aspx
-Tim and Debbie Swingle