The indiegogo campaign for our mission Delight in Disorder is now officially over and it has been a great blessing, in many ways.
First, the numbers …
Our indiegogo site has had 615 views, so word about the mission has spread and will continue to spread.
29 contributions (ranging from $25-330) were invested in the project.
We exceeded our mission goal of $2000, with a total of $2,190.
Next, the testimonies…
“I contributed to Delight in Disorder because a) I want to support Tony, and b) I am working to make mental illness less of a stigma. Having worked in the mental health field, I realize that, like cancer, mental illness hits people from all walks of life, all ages and backgrounds. Knowledge, awareness, and compassion are really called for here. I hope you will contribute to Tony’s worthwhile cause –Debb Stanton, http://thesunshinefactor.net/
I’ve really been moved by Tony’s writing on his blog as he shares so honestly, humbly, and often humorously his experience with his mental illness and his faith. I believe Tony has an important contribution to make to the church in teaching us about life with bipolar, from the inside, with a faith perspective. — Joy F.
After reading a draft copy of “Delight in Disorder,” it was my privilege to be able contribute both financially and prayerfully to the publishing of Tony’s book. Having suffered from depression in the past myself, and been treated less than sympathetically by those within the church, I knew there was a great need to bridge the gap between sufferers of a mental illness and the ones who should be showing the greatest compassion and understanding. Tony’s book does this. It is an honest, warts-and-all story of his ongoing struggle with Bipolar disorder. It is my ongoing prayer that God will use this book to encourage those suffering from Bipolar or any form of mental illness, promote compassion and understanding within the faith community and bring glory to His name. – Lyn C – Sydney, Australia
Tony’s testimony of God’s faithfulness and love to him in the midst of his disorder will greatly encourage those who read it. This is not a “here’s how you do it” book, but a “here’s how God really did it” book. I hope it opens the eyes and hearts of God’s people to follow God’s lead in ministering to hurting people. – Gary M.
Finally, the lives touched…
I just spent the morning getting to know a gal who is in the trenches of a heavy spiritual battle at this very moment. She’s fresh out of drug rehabilitation, looking at incarceration from past choices that she’s trying to clear up, and going to counseling with her non-medicated bipolar husband, all while FULLY knowing the Lord and clinging desperately to his promises and his will for her life… I was actually able to mention Delight in Disorder to her and share a little bit about the book and the mission. I showed her just the video on the campaign page and she started to cry. It’s already touching lives, my dear. (message sent to my editor)
I appreciate what you’re doing with this ministry you’ve started. We have a son who has battled depression on and off since late elementary and sadly the church has sometimes been the last place we wanted to talk about it! Keep up the good work—the church needs your message as much as the “disordered”! – Pam L.
The message from Tony’s story has moved me to reflect on my journey with my eating disorder, to remember how God saved me from death and to see how God continually pulls me back from the ledge. I had never thought about why God keeps doing that. Because He delights in me. Even in my disorder. – Leanne Sype
So what happens now?
As grateful as we are for the blessing of the indiegogo campaign, we know that God has blessed us to be a blessing to others. We have much to do. In the coming weeks, we will be finalizing the text to submit for publication. As advance copies become available, we will first honor our commitment to our contributors and then recruit key book reviewers to whom we can send copies to help spread the word. We will seek out marketing consultation to determine how best to release the book so it gets in the hands of as many as God intends. Before long, we will be making arrangements for a book tour beginning in March, 2014.
What can you do to help?
1) Pray for the Delight in Disorder mission. The indiegogo campaign was just the first step in what we pray will be a long and fruitful journey.
2) Follow our progress. The best way to do this would be to “like” my Facebook author page – https://www.facebook.com/awaywithwordsforyou .
3) Stay in touch. Share your stories and perspectives of faith and mental illness. (My e-mail is email@example.com.)
We’re off to a great start in our journey. May God bless us all along the way.