Sleeping Better Now | By Audrey Forshey

I used to lie awake at night thinking, “I have to do something to make a difference in someone’s life. But who’s life?  How and where would I even start?”

I would toss and turn knowing that there had to be a reason for me to be on this Earth other than to consume oxygen. But what was it?  Don’t get me wrong, I work hard.  I have a great husband and family, and I love my life. But there needed to be more.  I floundered around and I investigated different organizations, wondered if I could start my own, but it was all very overwhelming.  Then I found Mothers Fighting for Others and I knew I found “IT”.  A small grass roots organization that helps the girls of Saint Monica’s Orphanage. They needed help and I felt like I could make a difference.

This is Alice, our youngest at Saint Monica's.  Audrey has been sponsoring her since 2010.

After working with Rocky and the other members of the organization, it started to grow to the point where we could see the changes that improved the girl’s lives.  This was very satisfying for everyone.  I could see the differences in the organization and the girls. It is becoming even more real for me.

I am going to go to Kenya with Rocky next month to visit the girls on their school break!!

I am so excited and I can’t even begin to describe the feeling.  I am a little embarrassed to tell you that I already have my suitcase out to start packing.  As the time gets closer for our trip this April, the more real it becomes.  I have to tell you at times I become overwhelmed with emotion thinking about actually meeting the girls, our girls, my girls!!  I know when the time comes it will be full of happy tears for me.

With the help of my amazing friends, family and support group, I will be able to bring dresses, jump ropes, Frisbees, soccer balls and health information for the girls.  I am fortunate to have so many wonderful people in my life to help the girls have a better and happier life.

It will be a long journey physically and personally for me.  I am going to keep a journal and take plenty of photographs to share with all of you. Hopefully, that will inspire others to explore how they can help others and make a difference in someones life.

-Audrey

*Audrey Forshey has supported MFFO for over two years now sponsoring two girls of her own and heads the Annual Gift of Education Fundraiser in Washington D.C.

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