hey friends,

we have a small little 10 day assignment for all of you... just to keep us fresh on working together... while raising asome money for work in Haiti... here is whats going on...

Chase bank is giving away over $5 million dollars, all to charities that have small operating budgets (under $1 million dollars.) They are having a voting contest on Facebook and the top vote getter wins $250,000. The next 4 spots get $100,000 each. The top 200 charities get $20,000 each.

There are 10 days left. We just found out about it yesterday, but because we are competing with small organizations, we really think Lespwa can win. The voting is on Facebook, and you can vote for up to 20 organizations, so share the love, and get out to the e-ballot-voting-stations. And you can even pretend that you have an "I Voted" sticker to wear around.

We believe that if we can get 1000 votes (we already have 150+ in 12 hours), we can win $20,000. Our goal -- and prayer -- is that we could get 20,000+ votes and possibly win $250,000. Either way, your vote could be worth $10-$20 dollars

To do this, WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!

After you vote, (or if you are not on facebook) here is what is what you can do to help:

1. Stand on your rooftop and shout (electronically through email)
2. Put a link to the voting on your facebook wall
3. Personally message at least 10 people encouraging them to vote, and then tell their friends!
4. If you haven't voted, stop reading, and get out to the polls. Pretend it's election day if you need to!
5. Write a similar blog to this (you have permission to plagiarize this blog if you want) asking your friends to help
6. Take a minute to pray for the people of Haiti. Regardless of this contest, God will continue his restoration of Haiti, and we ask that you pray for the Haitian people. If you don't like praying, or don't believe in prayer. Tell God that too.  
7. Tweet it, Digg it, Status it, and Stumble it, Etc it. (if you don't know what any of this means, or you are over the age of 40, you can skip this step)
8. Go to our friend, Brooks Potteiger's website, and choose one of his awesome pictures from Haiti. (If you like some of his photo's please support him as well.) Then make that photo your profile picture on facebook, tag a bunch of friends, and make this the photo text: "I have personally selected you to vote for Lespwa Worldwide to help us win $250,000 dollars. Click here to vote: http://apps.facebook.com/chasecommunitygiving/charities/205019981-lespwa-worldwide-inc.  After you finish voting, which takes just a minute!, please download a picture from http://brooksphoto.smugmug.com/Travel/Perspectives-of-Haiti/12772131_mm5MF#920294482_ZYk8e and tag all of your most awesome friends as well!"

Also, if you need it, here is the link to send to your friends for voting: 

There is a rumor going around that a Jeremy, Austin, Diana and I (Jay) will be making a youtube rap video, along with our Haitian friends, to send out to you all this weekend. If this rumor is true, we will let you know, and you can proudly show this video to all of your friends. The tentative title for the video (and this is secret for you guys only) is "Vote your socks off!" 

We are open to other video titles/ideas. If you have one that you think is better than that, please post your ideas in the comments below. 

Thanks a lot for reading, caring, and praying. Thanks for supporting and believing in us, and thank you for loving us.