Hi everyone. I've been working on a plan for the benefit concerts for Haiti and the setup for the relief efforts. I'd like to fill you in, especially since several of you have contacted me and expressed an interest in being involved in some fashion. I've asked the Lord how He wants this handled, so the information is included below. To make everything clear, it's necessary to start by telling you about FIJC...
Freedom in Jesus Christ Charitable Trust (FIJC), a 501(3) public charity, officially received non-profit status in 2004. I am the main trustee in the organization and my husband Alan is co-trustee. For the last 5 years, FIJC has provided assistance to individuals, families and organizations here in the U.S. and abroad. FIJC has distributed food, clothing, transportation, utility assistance, furniture and other household items, including books, cd's and gifts to the elderly and others in need. Abroad, FIJC supports orphanages and the ministries of several organizations dedicated to spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ as they help the impoverished build healthy lives.
Since FIJC is a public charity, contributions made to the organization are tax deductible. Funds received for the relief effort we're setting up for Haiti will need to be made to FIJC in order to be eligible for tax credit.
Now, for the relief efforts of FIJC. The name the Lord gave me for this work is Heart Notes for Haiti. He is the HEART in the name. Beautiful, huh? NOTES has several meanings... As stated earlier, one of the main ways in which we will be raising funds is through concerts - hence, music notes. (Isn't God smart?) There will also be a place on the website where people can write notes to encourage Haitian families and friends. (I love this part.) And money is often referred to as 'notes'. There may be more that He hasn't told me about this, but I love the direction so far, don't you?
The main ways that we will be trying to raise money will be through benefit concerts, which will also include silent auctions. We are going to publicize our efforts to raise as much awareness about Heart Notes for Haiti as possible. We know that there are many organizations already involved in this work and I think that's wonderful! Ours is one more added to the list. You must decide for yourselves if, how and where you want to support it.
We are building a website for this project, but it is NOT up yet. I will post here the moment it's up and running. Please give us a few days to get it ready and online. The address is:
If you are interested in finding out more information about how to be involved, please contact me through this blog or at:
If you have any questions, please use the email address above to get in touch with me. If you or someone you know is interested in making a financial contribution now, then write to:
We will be using Paypal for our online donations. Someone will contact you with more information about that. If you or someone you know would prefer to make a contribution through regular mail, please send it to:
Freedom in Jesus Christ Charitable Trust
P.O. Box 3182
Independence, MO 64055
If you're making a donation, please be sure to put 'Heart Notes for Haiti' on the memo line of your check, so that we know where you want the funds to go. We cannot cash checks made out to 'Heart Notes for Haiti'. We are not setting up a bank account under that name, as that is just the name of this project. The IRS will only recognize income to Freedom in Jesus Christ Charitable Trust as being tax deductible, so if you choose to make a financial contribution, please write your check to Freedom in Jesus Christ Charitable Trust.
I want to assure you that all monies donated to the Heart Notes for Haiti work will only be used for that relief effort. If you would like to support our work in general, just leave the memo line blank and we will know that your donation goes into our general fund to be dispersed as the Lord directs.
We have need of assistance in many other ways, too. We need free advertising, gifts donated for the silent auctions, locations for concerts, event workers, music artists, go-fers...actually, we need volunteers in general... And, if you have any ideas you'd like to share with us to help enhance or expand our efforts, please let me know. This isn't a one-time event I'm talking about. There are lots of really good music artists out there who may want to donate their time, talents and possibly even a few of their cd's for this cause. It doesn't have to be about having a great deal of money - or even any money at all. You don't have to be a musician or singer to be involved...as a matter of fact, if you aren't, then let's find out what your real talents are and put those to use!
Thanks so much for reading all of this. I encourage you to pray about what the Lord wants you to do. No matter what you decide about involvement in Heart Notes for Haiti or Freedom in Jesus Christ Charitable Trust, please keep the work in your prayers and tell others about what we're doing. As far as your involvement, do whatever you feel Holy Spirit is leading you to do. There is no pressure to be part of this - I don't believe in pressuring people for donations. Our gifts should come from our hearts - just as God freely gives His gifts to us. Those are the very best gifts!
We trust God for all that we do. I'll be in touch soon. Now, I have to get started on that website!