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Mar
01

The Guitar Project

The Guitar Project

I’ve always wanted to learn to play the guitar. I admire those people who can just pick it up and play a song.

But here’s the thing. I’m not musically talented and I’ve never played an instrument in my life. Ever.

I mean, the clarinet… once in jr.high. And I was horrible. Like “hands over your ears” bad.

My grandpa was the lead guitarist in a band when I was growing up and my mom sang in a band. I think I’ve always had the desire to learn after watching their love for music. I’ve lacked the motivation and came up with lots of excuses that all involve me claiming I don’t have time or not enough skills. My fear of failing kept me from trying something that I’m not certain I can conquer.

Enter: “The Purpose Project”. 

A way to do that “thing” you’ve always wanted to do, but never had the courage for. Using The Purpose Project as your motivation. And adding “purpose” to what you are doing.

 

I’m partnering with Mocha Club to raise $1,000 for Orphan Care in Africa. By adding some purpose & raising money for orphans in Africa, my goal becomes a little less about me and more about doing something big and fun with all of you.

The Guitar Project

What this project is about:

This project is NOT about me. And it’s definitely NOT about learning to play an instrument. The guitar project is about using something in our own lives for the greater good. A chance to make a difference. It’s not just about learning to play the guitar or my fear of not being good enough to do something musical or my lack of talent, but it’s about feeding, loving, and caring for children across the globe who are growing up in poverty and without parents. For children that need our compassion. For orphans.

This project is about pushing myself to look beyond my own fears for a chance to make a lasting impact on a child that needs us.

Orphan Care:

“HIV/AIDS, disease, and war have taken the lives of countless parents in Africa, and that has left orphans for us to care for. We have orphan care projects in Sudan, Ghana, Kenya and Zimbabwe where we provide the children with safe housing, protection, and complete care – food, education, spiritual direction, medical attention, and vocational training.  For example, in Sudan, children are left to fend for themselves, often alone in the desert or the bush. The number one cause of death has been wild hyena attacks in the Darfur area, where orphans continue to be vulnerable to attack by wild animals and slave raiders. Mocha Club has responded by helping build a safe home for 400 boys and girls in Darfur so they can live in safety and receive the care they deserve.” -Mocha Club website

The Guitar Project - Orphans

What You Should Know:

  • 8 out of every 10 children who have lost parents to HIV/AIDS live in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • In the sub-Saharan region there are more than 43 million orphans, 11 million of them have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS. In fact, the number of orphans in sub-Saharan Africa would be declining were it not for HIV/AIDS. But because of the disease’s spread, the number of orphans is increasing exponentially.
  • In sub-Saharan Africa, 12% of all children are orphans

My Goal:

During the month of March I will seek to raise $1,000. This amount of money will help care for hundreds of orphans in Africa by providing them with food, water, safe housing, protection, education, spiritual direction, medical attention and so much more.

The rehabilitation that Mocha Club is able to provide these children is making a difference in Africa. And WE can help.

The Guitar Project

At the end of my fundraising period, if I have raised my goal, I will kindly {and nervously} ask my husband to take a video of me playing a song that I have learned on the guitar. I’m praying and hoping that we can go beyond the $1,000. Don’t let that number be where we stop. We can help so many MORE children if we go above and beyond the goal.

DONATE:

By following THIS LINK you will be redirected to my fundraising page on the Mocha Club website (once there, click the donate button under my picture). You can also click on The Guitar Project button on my sidebar or the donate button below.

The Guitar Project - Donate

All donations are tax deductible and you will receive a receipt for your records. $5 or $500, whatever you can give… any amount is helpful.

Thank you so much for checking out The Guitar Project. Together we can change the lives of hundreds of orphans living without the care they need.

Over the next few weeks I will continue to share more about the project, my journey to learning to play guitar {which is wicked hard}, and update you where I’m at with my goal. I would love your help spreading the word… you can use the buttons below to share this post via your favorite social media outlets.

I’m so excited to have you supporting me in this – through prayer, financial support and helping me get the word out.

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To read about The Guitar Project from start to finish:

The Guitar Project – Start

Fear of Failing

Goal Reached

FINAL VIDEO

27 Comments

  1. Natasha says:

    I absolutely love reading your posts and after about a year of reading yours and obsessing over starting a blog (and making excuses) I finally setup my blog yesterday! Thanks for all your tips on how to get started. And this post speaks to me finally taking a leap and starting my own blog!!
    Natasha´s last blog post ..T-25

  2. I can’t even tell you how amazing this project looks. It’s so amazing to do something for others that need it. Congrats on taking steps to also do something you have always wanted to try!!! I can’t wait to donate!!!

  3. Jeff Rose says:

    Great job, baba! It’s been fun to watch your journey and can’t wait to see the the final video.

    Watch out Nashville! ;)
    Jeff Rose´s last blog post ..GF¢ 017: How I *Almost* Lost My Butt Dabbling in Real Estate

  4. I’ve always wanted to learn to play guitar too! Maybe someday. I love that you’re doing it with purpose. Best of luck!!
    Jennifer-Mommy Life After Ph.D.´s last blog post ..The Pros and Cons of Having 4 kids 5 and under

  5. nora says:

    I loved the video and the cause and you throwing yourself into learning for a new experience. Good for you! :) I shared and hope people who can donate, will do so!
    nora´s last blog post ..I’d love you more if you…..

  6. What a great idea! We’ll be donating for sure, and I might have to consider joining you. My hubby bought me a guitar and lessons for our anniversary a few years ago and I just never kept with it once baby arrived. This is a great reason to “practice with purpose”!
    Amanda Bricknell´s last blog post ..I am the Face: My Personal Story of Miscarriage

  7. wooohoo!! go girl go. this is amazing!!!!! can’t wait to hear that song!!!

  8. Sybil Brun says:

    Love this!!! Such an awesome way to use your platform for the greater good! I’ve always wanted to learn to play guitar too, I will have to remember to do something like this someday, way down the road! ; ) Praying this project will have an eternal impact for the kingdom and be transformative in the lives of the orphans who need it most!!

  9. Jordan Gomez says:

    You are such an inspiration!!! I’m proud of you and all the things you represent! (Even though I don’t actually know you!) I hope you exceed your goal and hopefully I can contribute as well!!!! :) :) :) thanks for being you!!!

  10. Ashley Rowe says:

    Love this. What a great way to accomplish a goal and do something good with it! Way to go!
    Ashley Rowe´s last blog post ..Missing in Action

  11. Prairie Wife says:

    What an amazing idea, and I wish you the best of luck!
    Prairie Wife´s last blog post ..Hot Sauce in a Hurry

  12. This is wonderful Mandy! I’ve always wanted to learn how to play the guitar and I think it’s a stellar idea for The Purpose Project!
    Nicole Schumacher´s last blog post ..Hello world!

  13. Chrissy says:

    Great idea! BTW- those rose leggings are too cute and perfect for you. :)

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  19. Danielle says:

    Ah! It is so amazing the way that God works inside of every heart individually. This project is so inspiring. I think it is very bold, brave, and completely awesome that you have taken on this challenge. There is just something that happens when you think about the orphan, that puts a fire inside to do something about it. My church is trying to start up an adoption fund, to help those longing to adopt, but who are not able to financially (it is incredible the cost). This is a wonderful way to raise funds! My husband and I are also adopting from the Philippines. We have three girls, and His mom is Filipino, which reminds me of your post here –>http://houseofroseblog.com/a-plea-for-my-mother-in-law-move-in/ (I totally get it).

    As I was reading about your statistics on HIV/AIDS, I was reminded of Carolyn Twietmeyer, and The Truth Pandemic. http://projecthopeful.org/truth-pandemic/ What great work she is doing to spread the truth about HIV/AIDS, and it was so inspiring to see it here as well. Anyways, there are so many organizations available to get involved in, it can become so confusing. Thank you for spreading the message about The Mocha Club, and your Purpose Project! Looking forward to seeing those funds raised!
    Danielle´s last blog post ..Psychological Evaluation: International Adoption

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  22. Matt says:

    What a great cause! Very kind of you. Keep up the great work and best of luck.
    Matt´s last blog post ..Fender Performance Series Cable Review

  23. Dom says:

    It is always amazing to see people taking actions to support these orphans. This project is for a great cause and I wish you all the very best. :)

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