If you had a chance to save a life…

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In your lifetime, there are few moments when you’re given the opportunity to directly save another person’s life.-Bryan Mealer, HuffPo

If you had a chance to save somebody’s life, and it didn’t take all that much… would you do it?  Well, here’s that chance…

A few days ago, I blogged Marrion P’Udongo, a minister in the Congo who has dedicated his life to his people. Not just ministering to them in the way people might think…but risking his life on a regular basis.

Paraphrased…he says…(paraphrased because I suck at trying to get exact words down)

“My job as a minister isn’t just about trying to lead people to heaven, but caring for all of them while here on earth.”

In 2003, he hid 70 people in his house as the militia tore the town apart.  He could have been killed for what he did…but he did it anyway.

He has reached out to the child soldiers in the Congo, trying to give them the chance to be children…not child soldiers, but children.

He’s a voice for the numerous women and girls who are raped in the eastern Congo.  He works with orphanages that care for the children who’ve lost their parents in the war.

He’s a husband.  He’s a father.  He’s a hero.

He’s also dying.  He was recently diagnosed with acute renal failure and he needs a transplant.  You can imagine they probably don’t have the sort of resources in the Congo that might be found in other countries.

While the loss of any life is tragic, this man is a hero who has touched countless lives in that bit of the world-and you rarely hear much about the devastation there, the horrors, the tragedies.  Wars have raged there for years.  Yet all we hear is a blip every now and then.

Children living as soldiers.  Families slaughtered. Women and girls are endlessly raped, their abusers never brought to justice.  This man is one of the few that will speak for them.  And if he dies…will there be another to take his place?

Some of the pastor’s friends are trying to raise money via indiegogo to pay for the transplant and time is running out.  I made a donation but I want to do more.   Romanceland has rallied behind communities devastated by hurricanes and it’s rallied behind the black-footed ferret…maybe we can do something to help this amazing man.  This is a small something, but everything starts small, right?

So… for every comment left here in this thread, up to four hundred, I’m donating an additional dollar on top of my previous donation.  If 400 comments are left (at my blog-not FB, Goodreads, etc) I’ll donate $400.  Now… to help maybe inspire others to give…if you donate via this page (they accept paypal, too, so international readers can enter!) with a minimum donation of $5.00 via paypal, then your name is entered to win:

  • an ARC of Hunter’s Fall, personalized to the winner, drawn randomly

Any donation of $5.00 or more to the fund will be entered.  You can simply forward the confirmation from Indiegogo to contest4shiloh@gmail.com and that will be your entry.  I received mine and there is no personal data included, no name, address, nada.

Now… anybody who’s hung out at my blog has probably noticed I kind of believe in the power of giving-there’s a sort of magic to it.  Karma, reap what you sow…good things come back on those who give.  Not right away, but it happens.  Sometimes in hidden blessings, sometimes in more obvious ways, but there is power in it.

Whoever makes the largest donation to help this amazing man is going to receive huge, sloppy kisses from me…um, scratch that… how about books.  An ARC stack.

*this is all all or nothing-one winner gets them all*

  • An ARC of Hunter’s Fall
  • ARCs of all three books from my upcoming romantic suspense trilogy
  • An ARC of my upcoming Grimm book, Locked in Silence

ARCs will not be immediately available…will be mailed later, but the recipient will get them before release date, I promise.

And…if you’re a blogger and you want to help out even more…click here.

Info gathered via indiegogo, HuffPo and various googles…


  1. 12 February, 2011    

    Commenting to help you reach your goal, Shiloh.

  2. 13 February, 2011    

    I’m always touched by the generosity of bloggers. Thank you so much for this amazing gift. I’ll be sending more readers your way, right after I go make a donation, and stop to buy a couple of your books.

    Thank you.

  3. Christina Westbury's Gravatar Christina Westbury
    13 February, 2011    

    I hope the ultimate goal is reached in time for a man such as this to be saved!

  4. vicki seals's Gravatar vicki seals
    13 February, 2011    

    I am so sorry to hear about the pastor’s health problems, I will pray/and keep him/his family in my thoughts and prayers. He is doing such an amazing job…

  5. 14 February, 2011    

    Hope he gets well soon :)

  6. Manda Collins's Gravatar Manda Collins
    14 February, 2011    

    Hope you reach your goal, Shiloh!

  7. Joan Bradley's Gravatar Joan Bradley
    15 February, 2011    

    Great cause. Good luck.

  8. Natalie Felton's Gravatar Natalie Felton
    15 February, 2011    

    This is a great cause and I think you’re wonderful for what you are doing. I hope you reach your goal as quickly as possible. This has made me an even bigger fan of your work. God bless Minister P’Udongo and you, Shiloh.

  9. 16 February, 2011    

    Thanks for sharing this. I’m going to blog this and forward to everyone I know.

  10. 16 February, 2011    

    Hoping this will help reach your goal. I’ll donate via paypal by the end of the month.

  11. Megan's Gravatar Megan
    16 February, 2011    

    I love how you share these things with us. Your giving spirit is wonderful!

  12. MeganS's Gravatar MeganS
    16 February, 2011    

    He and his work sound amazing. Thank you for this post.

  13. Aurora m.'s Gravatar Aurora m.
    21 February, 2011    

    Great cause….thanks for helping♥

  14. Barbara's Gravatar Barbara
    21 February, 2011    

    Wow, what you are doing is amazing!

  15. Hope Reed's Gravatar Hope Reed
    21 February, 2011    

    wow he is amazing and i wish him the best your wonderful for wanting to help id love to help but as i am pennyless and been out of a job for 2yrs i cant donate anything no matter how much i want to. keep spreading the word to help and i will as well

  16. 21 February, 2011    

    someone who was so dedicated to other people deserves any kind of help for sure. thank you for letting us know.

  17. Nichole B's Gravatar Nichole B
    21 February, 2011    

    Half way there! I’m sending a few other people over here. Thanks for the heads up

  18. 21 February, 2011    

    That’s so awesome that your doing this and spreading the word :) I believe in karma as well. I’m off to donate!

  19. 21 February, 2011    

    That’s amazing. :)

  20. 21 February, 2011    

    Helping you reach your goal. ;-)

  21. Nicole's Gravatar Nicole
    21 February, 2011    

    Thanks for sharing and it’s a wonderful cause.

  22. Christine's Gravatar Christine
    21 February, 2011    

    Thank you for sharing his story. :)

  23. 21 February, 2011    

    Great cause! Thanks for sharing his story with us, and I hope that you reach your goal :)

  24. 21 February, 2011    

    One more towards the $400.
    And one more person hoping to make a difference.

  25. 21 February, 2011    

    Commenting to help you reach your goal…I would love to donate 5 dollars myself, but paypal won’t let me. Not sure what is wrong…but it won’t work. Sorry!

  26. 22 February, 2011    

    I’m excited to be a part of this. I may be 1 person to late so I will make a small donation through paypal.

    Thank you for caring and sharing this story.

  27. 22 February, 2011    

    What a wonderful cause and you are amazing SHiloh for drawing our attention to it. After reading your post I’ll go and research Marrion P’Udongo and his work a bit more.

    Thank you and I hope enough donation will be made to save his life!!

  28. 22 February, 2011    

    I’m so painfully broke right now so I can’t donate but here I am, commenting, so you can reach your goal. I’ll also keep this heroic man in my prayers as well!


  29. 22 February, 2011    

    I think this is just a fantastic cause and it is sao great how you are using your popularity to promote issues like this! Thankyou so much! I am so glad to know that by just commenting on this, I could save a man’s life! Wow! That’s wonderful! I will definitely be donating! :D <3 <3

  30. LadyVampire's Gravatar LadyVampire
    22 February, 2011    

    Great cause!

  31. Donna/BLHmistress's Gravatar Donna/BLHmistress
    22 February, 2011    

    What a great cause! And if commenting helps I will comment away!

  32. 22 February, 2011    

    Wow, that’s amazing! I’m always there if doing something good for others is involved!

  33. 22 February, 2011    

    I admire your generosity! Hope you make it to 400!

    Somer @ A Bird’s Eye Review

  34. Manda Collins's Gravatar Manda Collins
    25 February, 2011    

    So, is it cheating to comment twice? I’m doing it anyway!

  35. PinkStuff28's Gravatar PinkStuff28
    25 February, 2011    

    It’s good to know that there are people out there like him. I was starting to loose hope they disapeared…or were just fiction.

    Hope he gets well, and also this is so generous of you :D

  36. Leyna's Gravatar Leyna
    3 March, 2011    

    Adding to your cause well done hope you get there

  37. 8 March, 2011    

    I don’t think I commented on this post before. How in the world did I miss this?

    I really need to keep my head out of my rear…

  38. Jill M's Gravatar Jill M
    19 March, 2011    

    Hope you make your goal.

  39. Susan Lathen's Gravatar Susan Lathen
    19 March, 2011    

    What a wonderful man this decade’s Mother Teresa I hope you meet your goal.

  40. Theresa N's Gravatar Theresa N
    21 March, 2011    

    He sounds like a wonderful man we need here on earth to keep working his magic.

  41. tina's Gravatar tina
    21 March, 2011    

    Great cause for a wonderful man.

  42. Carla H's Gravatar Carla H
    21 March, 2011    

    Thanks for the info. Will def be forwarding it on.

  43. Aimee's Gravatar Aimee
    21 March, 2011    

    I think what you’re doing is wonderful.

  44. Elizabeth B's Gravatar Elizabeth B
    21 March, 2011    

    The world is in need if more heroes. I am at a loss for how much one person can make a difference.

  45. Amy's Gravatar Amy
    22 March, 2011    

    Thanks for spreading the word…

  46. Kirk Leiferman's Gravatar Kirk Leiferman
    22 March, 2011    

    Thanks for what your doing to help this man.

  47. Tim's Gravatar Tim
    23 March, 2011    

    You’re doing a great thing here.

  48. Sharon Cullars's Gravatar Sharon Cullars
    23 March, 2011    

    Just found out about this. I remember how you came to my rescue also so I want to add my blessings to your efforts.

  49. Katy M's Gravatar Katy M
    29 March, 2011    

    Thank you for shining light on this.

  50. Patricia's Gravatar Patricia
    31 March, 2011    

    my thoughts are with him

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