By Carol Erickson, Executive Director
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US,
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US,
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR IMARA,
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!
Everyone loves a party, and I feel that Imara has much to celebrate on our 5th birthday. God has been so good!
It is hard to believe that we opened the doors of the Imara home five years ago. We plan to make 2017 a year of celebration. Celebrating girls who are excelling in school, children who are healthy and love to laugh, a staff that is growing, amazing volunteers and supporters, and a God who is faithful and has carried us through! Wow!
We kicked off our birthday celebration on Imara Sunday (May 21, 2017) at Messiah Church in Plymouth, MN. It was a wonderful morning of celebrating all that has happened in the last five years, as well as looking forward to all God has for us in the future.
Statistics say the first five years are pivotal for a non-profit and many never make it. Thanks to all of you, we have more things than we can count to celebrate. I can’t even imagine what five more years might bring.
On Imara Sunday, there were balloons, party hats and of course cake, lots of cake, even an opportunity to frost your own cupcake.
It was such a joy watching the kids get in on the action. I think kids are birthday party specialists. They frosted and frosted cupcakes. I saw some pretty amazing works of art that were quickly gobbled up (sorry for the sugar high, mom and dad). And there were balloons, lots of balloons. Our idea was to give a balloon to each child/person who wanted one. We forgot that large amounts of balloons tied together get a tangled. Oops! You should have seen the looks on the kids’ faces as we tried to give them a balloon and then had to resort to handing them several. “You mean I get to have all of them?” It was worth it just to see the looks on their faces!
It was also a great opportunity to connect with long-time friends of Imara as well as introduce some new ones to the family! I am always so glad to tell people how amazing the Imara girls, kids and staff are. It is truly a blessing even if I am a tad bit biased. I know the Imara Board of Directors enjoyed the opportunity to chat with people as well. Kathy Welliver, an Imara Board Member said, “We talked with many who did not really know what Imara was about, and were amazed at what has been accomplished in such a relatively short time. They were excited that Messiah was part of such a wonderful mission.”
Thanks Messiah family for being the first to celebrate with us! We appreciate you so much and are blessed by the support, friendship and prayers you have given to Imara over the years.
This is just the beginning. Stayed tuned for more birthday celebrations to come in 2017. It will all end in one final birthday bash November 5, 2017 at the Imara Gala. It’s going to be incredible!