Hurt people, hurt people.
Very often, children who are abused grow up to replicate the broken systems they grew up in, and they become abusers themselves. The wounded become wounders. And the cycle continues.
That is what happened to Kaiah, whose story I will share later in this letter.
I am writing to ask you to sponsor Erma and me in the 12thth Annual Mansion Fun Run in May. We will be running (and walking) with the Mansion children and staff members in support of this great cause.
Let me share with you 91 reasons to give to this year’s Mansion Fun Run…
We currently have 91 children living at the Mansion, nearly twice as many as we had two years ago.
I’m sure that you can understand that it costs a lot of money to provide all of these children with shelter, food, education and the loving care that they so desperately need.
Our Fun Run goal this year is $91,000, a thousand dollars for every child in our care.
You can help us change young lives with a donation of $25, $10, $100, $50 or more. Perhaps you can give $500 or even $1,000.
Back to Kaiah’s story…
Seeds of suffering sewn into her mother’s childhood took root, and Kaiah suffered as a result.
Into her darkness, a ray of hope shone, and she was adopted into a safe and loving home. Her adoptive parents loved her and took her to church. They enjoyed family vacations and fun times together.
It was like a dream come true. Until Kaiah turned 12, and the dream turned into a nightmare.
When both adoptive parents became terminally ill, they could no longer care for her. Kaiah’s perfect world dissolved, and she was plunged back into darkness and uncertainty.
But God was there, like before, shining a light of hope, and she was placed in our care at the Mansion.
Despite the anguish, loss and suffering, she did not give up on God. And He did not give up on her.
Kaiah has been with us for almost nine years. And although both of her parents have died, she is not alone. She is not homeless. She is not hopeless. She has her Tupelo family and a bright future.
Instead of repeating the cycle of victimhood, Kaiah chooses to be an overcomer. She chooses to worship. She chooses to lead. She could wallow in self-pity, but she doesn’t. She chooses to believe God has a plan for her and is using her testimony to help others in pain.
Kaiah has ministry at heart, and after her graduation in May, she plans to go on a summer mission trip and enroll in Urshan Bible College.
Kaiah is living proof that you can drink from a bitter cup and not become bitter. She is living proof that the light of hope can pierce through the darkness of sin, abuse, neglect, disease and death. She is living proof that nothing, nothing, nothing can separate us from the love of Christ.
By sponsoring this year’s Fun Run, you are helping to write the success stories of more children like Kaiah who are currently at the Mansion.
Every gift is important, regardless of the amount, and will make a difference in the life of a child in need.
If you can give $100 or more, you’ll receive our 2020 “MY PASSION—COMPASSION” T-shirt that you can wear to show your passion for the Mansion.
To sponsor us, please use the enclosed form and mail it back to TCM, or you can give online at mansionkids.org/give/mansion-fun-run. If you decide to give $100 or more, don’t forget to select your t-shirt size; however, a gift of any amount will be a blessing.
We hope to hear from you soon! Thanks again for helping us help kids!
President and CEO
P.S. Again, thank you for allowing your heart to be touched by Kaiah’s story and for considering a donation to this year’s Fun Run.