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Lena’s Plunge Project

We launched the Purpose Project a few months ago, and have loved watching people get outside of their comfort zone to make a difference. Each project is about an apprehensive ambition — that thing you’ve been wanting to do but haven’t had a reason or the courage to do so. Enter: the mocha club… aka motivation. By adding some purpose & raising money for people in Africa, your goal becomes a little less about you and more about doing something big & fun with your community. Over the next few weeks we’ll be sharing a few of the projects we’ve seen so far here on our blog… Check out Carly’s Tattoo Project and Brittany’s Pink Project. Up next… Lena’s Plunge Project!

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“Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back – given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.” – Luke 6:38 (MSG)

I can remember sitting at the Influence Conference, listening to Blair share about her Pixie Project and the whole Purpose Project framework. She shared all of the important info: who, what, when, where, and why…but more importantly, she shared her heart. I remember listening, thinking to myself, “I have got to do something. I can’t do a lot, but I can so do this.”

And a seed was planted.

Sure, I had no idea what my project would be or how much money I would raise, but those things didn’t matter.

A tiny seed was planted in my heart, and I knew it would grow.

I began to act in faith. I began to pray. I asked others to pray for this project. I asked God to show me what I could do. I knew He would show me…what caught me by surprise was how quickly He showed me.

The Plunge Project literally began within weeks of me hearing Blair speak about the Pixie Project.

Friends, let me tell you…if you have that seed in you, too – do something about it. Water it, nourish it, tend to it….and it will grow! It may take a while, or it may take weeks like it did for me. Either way, it will happen.

And all you have to do is act on it. It doesn’t matter how much you raise or how successful your project is – all that matters is that you participated. You acted. You said YES.

The fundraising part? That’s the easy part – and you get so much out of it.

By participating in the Plunge Project, I was completely changed. Humbled by the donations that came in during the month of December. Grateful that I got to be a part of such an amazing project and group. Proud that I was getting to make a difference in someone’s life.

I was blessing someone else, but in reality, I was the one getting all the true blessings.

And the moment I stepped out of my comfort zone and jumped in that icy water that January morning, I was awakened to the amazing things God can do if you just say yes. I’m forever changed and forever grateful.

So, if you think you can’t do it, I’m here to tell you, YOU CAN. God didn’t put that little seed in you for fun – He wants you do something with it. We’re all here to cheer you on, to encourage you.

And I’m telling you, you will not regret it for a single second.


(source: Lena’s Blog)

Have your own idea? Submit them here or email info(at)themochaclub.org… we’d love to help!

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Brittany's Pink Project

We launched the Purpose Project a few months ago, and have loved watching people get outside of their comfort zone to make a difference. Each project is about an apprehensive ambition — that thing you’ve been wanting to do but haven’t had a reason or the courage to do so. Enter: the mocha club… aka motivation. By adding some purpose & raising money for people in Africa, your goal becomes a little less about you and more about doing something big & fun with your community. Over the next few weeks we’ll be sharing a few of the projects we’ve seen so far here on our blog…  First we had Carly. Next up: Brittany.

Hi y’all, I’m Brittany from www.brittanyestes.com. Most people know me as the crazy, out going, people loving, coffee addicted fun mom of four (now almost 5) kids. But this past November I embarked on my first of hopefully many Purpose Projects called: The Pink Project, which led to my new title. The pink haired lady!

As soon as I heard about The Mocha Club and the idea of a Purpose Project, I knew I wanted to be a part of this. So I set an extremely ambitious (to me) goal of raising $1600 for the Women at Risk program. If the money was raised then I would dye my hair pink. Yes, I had always secretly wanted to do this, but being the mom to 4 kids and future pastor’s wife, it never seemed like the appropriate thing to do. For these women though, I could do it. They needed hope and a life out of prostitution, and I was willing to give up my fear to rock the pink! So with the amazing help from many people I know and don’t, my original goal of $1600 was completely blown out of the water. I was speechless, in tears, and just in awe of people’s compassion. We had hoped to only free 4 women, but were able to give 7 another shot at life. Unbelievable.

Then just two weeks into December I was walking around, head held high, with the most gorgeous pink hair. The best part though, was the ability to share with on lookers about WHY my hair was pink. All I could do was grin.

Want to see my hair?

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 I mean, I think I was born to be the pink haired lady! Seriously, it’s just me!

Have you considered doing a Purpose Project of your own? I encourage you to do it! Think of something you’ve always wanted to do, or been too afraid of doing. Can you harness that fear and excitement to push you in helping these people in Africa? We can make a difference, nobody has too small of an influence to help. Don’t be afraid of not reaching your goal. If God called you to do a Purpose Project He will help you reach it. The biggest lesson I learned that month was to rely on Him. I couldn’t let the fear of not reaching my goal get in the way. I just needed to focus on Him and sharing with everyone I met about my project. He tugged on people’s hearts, He led them to give, He made it happen. I just got to be a part of it all. And boy am I so thankful!

Have your own idea? Submit them here or email info(at)themochaclub.org… we’d love to help!

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Carly’s Tattoo Project

We launched the Purpose Project a few months ago, and have loved watching people get outside of their comfort zone to make a difference. Each project is about an apprehensive ambition — that thing you’ve been wanting to do but haven’t had a reason or the courage to do so. Enter: the mocha club… aka motivation. By adding some purpose & raising money for people in Africa, your goal becomes a little less about you and more about doing something big & fun with your community. Over the next few weeks we’ll be sharing a few of the projects we’ve seen so far here on our blog… First up: Carly.

Hi! I’m Carly — I’m a proud firefighter wife, stay at home mom to my son, Gunner, the writer behind Texas Lovebirds, and a full blown Dr. Pepper addict. I am so excited to be here sharing about my Purpose Project, The Tattoo Project. It was such an incredible journey for me and I know I will be forever blessed by it.

For my project I set the goal of raising $1,000 for Orphan Care during the month of January. And if I raised the $1,000? I would get that BIG tattoo I’d always wanted. A month later, we had not only reached the goal but we exceeded it.

Just a few short weeks after that I found myself sitting in the waiting area of our local tattoo shop, my stomach in knots. I was so glad I had my husband there because while I found myself worrying about the process and pain of a tattoo this size, he was there reminding me of the Lord’s goodness through it all. He was there reminding me of what I’d said all along — that the physical pain of a tattoo could never compare to the pain of not having parents or a family in my life.

For two and a half hours I focused on the orphans and not on me. For two and a half hours I focused on the journey and what the Lord has taught me through all of this. And two and a half hours later I had THE tattoo.

I can’t tell you how good I felt when it was done.

**(You can see more pictures and learn more about the tattoo’s significance, here.)**

Since completing my project I’ve talked with several people who are considering a Purpose Project. Most of them have two concerns — What would I do if I met my goal? and How in the world would I raise that much money? I’d like to address both of those things today.

1) WHAT WOULD I DO?

Here’s the thing, no one can decide this for you. No matter how much you want someone else to tell you what to do, you know your “box” and what would be stepping outside of it. I would suggest two things though…one, PRAY! Take it to the Lord, open your heart, and ask what you could do that would help glorify him. I know that a lot of people might not think a tattoo glorifies the Lord, but I think it can. My piece has already been an incredible conversation starter to share my heart for orphans and our Biblical calling (see James 1:27) to care for them. And two, I’d say GO BIG! That doesn’t mean you have to get a tattoo, it just means do something that people will want to see happen.

2) HOW WOULD I RAISE THAT MUCH MONEY?

I’ll admit it, setting out to raise $1,000 in the course of 31 days was pretty frightening. There were times I doubted myself, but that’s when I realized that I was thinking way too much about myself. You’ve gotta know that you alone can’t raise the money. You can write amazing blog posts, send out emails and letters, share it all over social media, but you still can’t do it. BUT, He can! Pray about your goal, ask the Lord to share a number with you and then, trust that He can and will meet it!

If you’re still on the fence about doing a Purpose Project of your own, I hope you’ll step out in faith. Don’t let fear or self doubt cause you to miss out on an opportunity for your life to be forever changed. My project reminded me of the good in people. My project reminded me of the generosity of people. My project reminded me that WITHOUT Him I can do nothing, but WITH Him I can do anything.

I can’t wait to see what you decide to do and what the Lord teaches you through it all.

 

Have your own idea? Submit them here or email info(at)themochaclub.org… we’d love to help!

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Purpose Project: Goals Reached!

Earlier this year, Blair from wild-and-precious.com came to Mocha Club with a simple and powerful idea. She had always wanted to get a pixie haircut but lacked the motivation and was looking for a way to make it fun and important.  She decided to set a goal for herself to raise $1,200 for Women at Risk, enough to provide rehabilitation and job training for 3 women trapped in the sex industry in Ethiopia, and call it her “Pixie Project”. Blair was blown away by the response, as she provided insight on her blog into both the struggles of women in Ethiopia and her excitement and apprehensions about getting a drastic haircut.  In the end, together with her community of blog readers, friends, family and strangers excited to make an impact, she raised over double her goal, enough to give hope and support to 6 women!..and, in turn, she now rocks a fabulous pixie.

From Blair’s exciting idea and journey, we joined together to create the Purpose Project a movement of turning apprehensive ambitions in to something fun and important with the support of your community.  On the heels of Blair’s project, two new Purpose Projects launched in November.  Jen, from the blog RellasBellas.com, set a goal of raising enough to rehabilitate 1 lady from the sex industry and in turn she would, through the inspiration of the ladies of fashionABLE, “learn to knit and use the quiet time to reflect and talk to God.” Brittany who blogs at naturallyestes.com set her goal at $1600, or enough to rehabilitate 4 ladies from the streets in Ethiopia.  When she met her goal, Brittany was going to dye her hair pink which would be both, well.. a lot of fun, and also an instant conversation starter for her to share her passion and her Purpose Project journey.

To follow the stories of Jen and Brittany on their blogs over the last 30 days has been amazing and inspirational.  We are so excited to announce that both have met *and* exceeded their goal, together with the incredible support of the community that surrounds them.

To us, these projects speak so loudly of overcoming apprehensions, taking a risk for the sake of a passion, and perhaps, most importantly, what a powerful impact we can have together, as communities, to support Africans in need.

When we chatted with Jen and Brittany about how together, they raised enough support for 8 women, Jen shared that she is, “so amazed by how the money has come in. This is truly an example of how God provides when you give it all to Him.” and Brittany, “I am SO excited! Nine women?! That is flat out amazing! This really has been a fun month! Now I just want to go MEET these women!”

A BIG CONGRATULATIONS to Jen and Brittany for what’s been accomplished through their Purpose Projects. We’ll be sharing videos soon of the girls as they now act on their individual “apprehensive ambitions” watching how Jen will learn to knit and Brittany will dye her hair pink.

And it doesn’t end here. We’ve got two additional Purpose Projects going on right now.  Learn more about them over at: http://blog.themochaclub.org/purpose-project/.

Curious about starting your own Purpose Project? Want some more info or ideas? We’d love to hear from you.  Drop us a line here: http://blog.themochaclub.org/purpose-project/#startYourProject-tab

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The Pixie Project

This summer, Blair from wild-and-precious.com had an incredible idea. She said, “I’ve always wanted a pixie haircut. Yes, as in cutting off all my hair. Do I have one or have I ever? No. I’ve lacked the motivation & have my fears keeping me from going “under the knife.” But, I want to do it. And what better way than to make it fun and to make it important? So I’m partnering with Mocha Club to raise $1200 for Women at Risk, enough to help liberate and rehabilitate 3 women from the sex industry in Ethiopia. If I reach my goal, I’ll chop of 18 inches of hair and get a pixie cut.” We have been blown away by Blair’s journey through her “Pixie Project.” We are so excited to share that Blair ended up not just meeting her goal but blowing it away by raising $2501, enough to give hope and support to 6 women rehabilitating from the sex industry! Check out the video and press below to learn more about the Pixie Project.

[From The Tennessean]
Mocha Club helps Needy in Africa  by claire gibson
Switch to shorter hairstyle raises money