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40acts turned five! (So we threw a party...)

By Charlie Osewalt | 3 February 2015


The party wound up and the guests slowly drifted out of the building. New friendships were formed, short speeches were made, the food, fellowship and celebration of the start of 40acts’ fifth year was coming to an end. André Saxman Brown began to play his last song of this opening night, Somewhere over the Rainbow.


40acts is that somewhere, that undefined, indescribable space of generosity in action.  During Lent people all over the globe commit to 40 days of generous acts.  Alexandra Khan, project manager for 40acts, shared that 46,000 people doing 40acts in 2014 meant that 1.8 million generous actions were performed. Debbie Wright, founder and designer of 40acts, shared the genesis of her original idea that Lent should not be about giving something up, but about giving out. 40acts - a somewhere - where generous acts come true.


Join the party and join the movement: make a generous difference this Lent! 40acts begins this February, Wednesday 18th. You can sign up as an individual or a group at


You can also see more pictures from the 40acts party on our Facebook page:



Posted by Charlie Osewalt

Charles Osewalt is a husband, father of four children and former elder at Redeemer Church NYC. He has worked in schools for the last twenty years as principal in the Morrisanna section of the Bronx. He formerly worked as a content and curriculum specialist for Stewardship. He tweets at @charlesosewalt


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