We’ve loved watching people get outside of their comfort zone to make a difference with the Purpose Project. 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. 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. It’s been fun to share Carly’s Tattoo Project, Brittany’s Pink Project, Lena’s Plunge Project, and Nathalie’s Recording Project.
Next up, hear from Alex, a student at Belmont University in Nashville, as she shares about her Novel Project…
Last May, I traveled to Africa for the first time ever. Africa is just always one of those places where you go in with one expectation and leave with a new lease on life. Essentially, the “I Need Africa” campaign is exactly how I felt when I came back. I need Africa more than Africa needs me. I met the most beautiful, wonderful people during my time in Botswana and South Africa. The most beautiful of them all? The children. I have never felt so much love from such young people before. Even though we couldn’t understand each other’s words, we understood each other’s hearts and in the grand scheme of things, that’s all that matters. Since my return to the United States, my heart has still been living in the memories of those sweet children. Constantly I think about the best ways I can love them from here the way that they loved me during my time there. Then I remembered the Mocha Club. I had heard about the organization during a presentation given by Matt Wertz during my freshman year at Belmont. I had always been intrigued but couldn’t participate until I was generating my own income, which happened to be this year. This seemed to be my chance. I couldn’t deny that this is exactly where God was placing my heart and my future, so I put my trust in Him and followed with my eyes closed.
Initially I began by doing a monthly donation to the orphan care program, which daily still warms my heart. The ability to help extended families and other loved ones provide for these orphans is exactly what I was hoping to be a part of. Then, I heard about the Purpose Project through another presentation at Belmont. I initially just came to support Mocha Club, as it has become such a large part of my life, but I left there knowing exactly what I had to do. When I got to my next class (before class started, of course) I took out my iPad and started my registration for a project of my own. I just had to think of a goal to set for myself if I raised the intended amount of money. I thought about how I’d always wanted to write a novel and, though a lofty goal, I instantly knew that was the direction I was supposed to go with this.
I set the goal of $1250, which provides for 5 orphans for an entire year. By the end of the project I’d raised a total of $1330, more than I even asked for. I could not be more grateful for this experience, especially because people I don’t even know donated to this project. Yes, my family played a large part, but less of a whole than I thought. It just warms my heart that people believed in my endeavors and this project enough to help me out.
Currently, I am working on the first chapter of my novel, which will tie into the theme of I Need Africa. It will follow the life of an orphan and the woman whose life is forever changed by the appearance of this child who she thought needed her help. Well, I’m sure you get the gist of it. For the rest of the story, you’ll just have to read it when I’m finished!
If you’re looking to do a project of your own and you’d like to talk about it, you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, for those of you who want a sneak peek at the novel, I’ll be posting the first few pages up on my blog soon! If you feel God tugging at your heart as you find yourself checking up on everyone else’s projects daily, it’s probably time to start one of your own. I would love to chat with you about it! Trust me, it’s one of the greatest things I’ve ever been a part of. You won’t regret it.
Have your own idea? Submit them here or email info(at)themochaclub.org… we’d love to help!