The term “partner” has as many different definitions as there are charities that use the term.
When I think of the word “partner” I immediately think of my wife. We recently celebrated our 31st wedding anniversary. On the left, you’ll see her on our wedding day, and on the right you’ll see how beautiful she is today. As we celebrated this anniversary we were reflecting on our lives together.
We recognized that our “partnership” has worked, not because of the sporadic big events in our lives but because of the consistency of trying hard to love well every day.
That’s what has kept us going. Consistency has created a powerful sense of dependability. We are partners for the long haul.
Speaking of the long haul, I’m reminded of the time a few years ago when I rode my bike in a Century Ride (100 miles in a day). I just turned 50 and a century ride was one of the unchecked boxes on my bucket list. During my training and the actual ride I learned the importance of properly fueling my body in order to keep going. It wasn’t about eating a huge meal before and hoping that it would be enough to carry me through. It was about adding proper fuel for my body in small and consistent amounts all along the way. That’s what brought me up the steep hills and the long stretches where I was riding against the wind. The small amounts of fuel and the consistency in which it was given enabled me to finish well.
Love146 needs this kind of fuel. When we think “partner” we think of those who have committed to love well by giving small amounts of fuel on a consistent basis over a long period of time. It is perhaps one of the most vital things you can do to sustain our work in creating a safer world for children.
Monthly partners are the lifeblood of Love146’s work.
I often say that in our work with children who have been trafficked and exploited, we cannot promise them with any kind of integrity that every thing will be always be okay. As much as we would want that to be true. But we CAN promise them that as long as they want us to be, we will be in this fight and journey with them.
We are in it for the long haul. Monthly partners enable us to not only say that, but to do it. And that is no small thing.
During the month of September, our goal is to have 146 people commit to be new monthly donors. I mean it when I say that just giving monthly means so much to us. This is consistency that we can build plans on. Even a small amount, like $10, if someone commits it month after month, means we can move faster to help children.
If you are currently a Love146 partner…thank you. If you are not, become one. And together we will continue trying hard to love well every day.