It Takes A Village- Birthday Project

This is my birthday campaign. What!? Hear me out...
Friends of Guinea-Bissau Shelly Earnshaw
santa rosa, California
United States
1 Team Member

Dear Family and Friends,

As most of you know, our heart has greatly grown for the people of Guinea-Bissau, West Africa.  Despite the randomness of the whys and whats and hows, we have begun to embrace this desire with imaginations untamed.  Don't get me wrong, i try to tame these imaginations...but they won't be minimized. 

Guinea-Bissau is truly one of the poorest nations on earth.  It is in need of evangalism. It is in need of clean water. The maternal and infant death rate is shockingly high for the world we live in today.  It lacks the infrastructure that most of us take for granted each day...access to medical care, education, food, and the hope that truth, love, and democracy can change their country.  But the crazy thing is...they wear a smile on their face. Guineans are a beautiful people.

Withouut getting into the ugly side of our nation's history, I would like to say...there are people that live in Our America that are direct descendants of this little nation.  I have come to learn of one woman who is trying to make a difference in the remote villages of this forgotten country.   

During my birth month of April, I am hoping to raise at least $1,000 to continue on with the projects Devon is working towards in Guinea-Bissau. You can check her out personally on her blog Devon is an inspiration, a go-getter and a newfound friend of mine. She has a passion to bring aid to the land of her roots. I stand amazed to learn of her connection to this random little country, the fact that she has met the same helping hearts that Matt was so blessed to meet, and that she lives in my own "backyard!"

Devon has a multi-faceted ongoing project to build schools and medical centers in the most remote villages of Guinea-Bissau.  The best part is...she is actually facilitating change! Devon has traveled to the country, works closely with missionaries, and has successfully implemented several grassroots projects. We are excited to work with her!  Seriously, so little goes so far.  Your $5, $10, $25+ gift will go directly to the building and purchasing of supplies that will impact a child towards hope.  It will help give a mother comfort by providing medical intervention to her suffering child.  This is for real. 

As Matt and I move forward in this journey God has us on, we recognize his desire for sustainability...not just a quick fix.  We believe the practical has an eternal impact.  We will return to Guinea-Bissau many times in our life, Lord willing! For now, I can't think of any better way to give thanks for my life than by raising a few dollars to provide the essentials for remote villages like Djati, Guinea-Bissau.

Will you help me throw a party!?

With love,


ps. i understand my family and friends are givers. you all give so much already. this is for's a party...come if you can, but no pressure!

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please take a moment to watch a video of the people we have come to heart and the projects this money is going towards!


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This campaign ended on April 30, 2013
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