Joy Lane Happenings

Thank you from our friends in Ukraine <3

Thank you from our friends in Ukraine <3

The house is empty, and I’m sitting here with my coffee trying to process the events of the last couple weeks. Katy’s at a doctor’s appointment making sure baby #4 is healthy and well and ready to arrive sometime around April 12th. A few weeks ago, we were excited about our new minivan and frustrated by our bifold doors that keep coming off the track. Now, I’m thrilled by how many of my friends have made it to safety, heartbroken for the ones who haven’t, and indescribably proud of those who have chosen not to in order to help others....

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Little Acts

Little Acts

A few days after I messaged my friend, Yura, to let him know we were sending money for him and his family, he sent me these pictures. He’d gone to a grocery store, loaded up a cart with food, and was dropping it off to a bunch of neighbors in Kyiv. At the end of our Joy Lane Farm emails, we often have a quote from Tolkien about how it’s little acts of kindness that keep the darkness at bay. Acts like this: Generosity in the face of aggression, kindness in the face of loss. Thank you so much for...

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You all did it!

We hit our goal today and with our last two donations raised not $12,000, but $13,000! Thank you, all. Over 60 of you donated to make this possible. I’ll be taking down my Venmo and PayPal info and updating our posts to say the goal was reached. If you were meaning to donate and would still like to, I’m happy to help connect you with a nonprofit helping Ukrainian refugees. I was messaging back and forth with one of my friends in Kyiv this afternoon who was busy helping arrange logistics for ten other people to get to safety. Thank...

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We raised our goal!

UPDATE: WE RAISED OUR FULL GOAL! You guys. As of this morning (March 3rd), we have raised $7528 of our $6,000-$12,000 goal. Thank you, all. I messaged my Ukrainian friends yesterday to let them know we will be sending them this gift and am spending a chunk of today arranging those transfers. I wish you could know them and know what this means to them. This is one response:“Hello Joel. I am crying. Thank you very much for that. Now me and my son are leaving our house. We will go to Western, there I can do more than here....

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My spot in the basement

My spot in the basement

I've been spending time here, my prayer spot in the basement, since my friends sent me pictures of where they are sleeping. I will be going down periodically today as we join the world in prayer and fasting. In my Bible, I have the names of my Ukrainian friends written in the margins of Psalm 94 as we pray for justice. I'm so proud of you--our soap customers, family, and friends--for stepping up to help our friends in Ukraine. To date, you have given $5053, bringing us close to the beginning of our $6,000-$12,000 goal. They've lost jobs, are facing...

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