I Hate #GivingTuesday…

Come on. You know you have thought it. Or did I just not wait long enough for your inbox and social media to fill up with requests? 

I know our mothers told us not to use the word hate, but have you seen all these requests?

So how did a day set aside for giving to so many worthwhile charities become so annoying and overwhelming? 

Well, too look on the positive side, there are so many amazing organizations doing so much good in the world, and we all need the help of others to do what we are called to accomplish.

On this #GivingTuesday, I was scheduled to be in Uganda, hoping to be sending you pictures and videos about our new partnership there. As you know, because of the political unrest in Uganda, we had to make the difficult decision to postpone the trip. 

Since making this decision less than a week ago, my mom has tested positive for Covid, my grandma and a beloved great uncle passed away on the same day, and we are having issues with our giving page on our websIte during the most important giving time of the year. Not at all what I had hoped or expected. 

But just like this entire journey of relaunching Faces With Names, my trust and hope are on the goodness and faithfulness of God. I heard a quote last night that was encouraging to me. It said, “God can make it rain where there are no clouds.” 

In this process leading up to today, this age old question came to my mind: If a tree falls in a forest and no one is there to hear it, does it still make a sound. So I ask, if an orphan cries in Uganda, and no one is there to hear them, can you still hear their cry? 

So this #GivingTuesday, no pictures, no videos, just our imagination of the sound of their cry for help. 

So if you are annoyed by #GivingTuesday, or even borderline hate it, we invite you to give on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday instead. And if you are a rebel, we dare you to give today, on #GivingTuesday.

Will you join with Faces With Names International to care for these precious orphans in Uganda? Here is our temporary link to give: 


Cheering You On In Christ,

Eric Mills