profile A Sacrifice That
Most 7-year-old girls ask for dolls or Barbies for their birthday, but not
Briley Taylor. All she wanted was money—or rather, donations.
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day she wants to
it doesn’t matter
what it is—even
if it’s her favorite
toy, she will give
—Allison, Briley’s mom
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S he and her family members sat on the ﬂoor of
their living room after coming home from the
local skating rink to celebrate her birthday.
Money lay spread out before them. They counted
it with excitement, knowing that the money given
would go to something greater than just toys.
It was their plan to have friends bring donations
for Gospel for Asia’s Bridge of Hope centers to
Briley’s birthday party. Briley knew she would be
sacriﬁcing plenty of fun gifts, but she also knew that
the funds she received would help children her age
who were in desperate need.
“It was a little bit hard,” she remembers. “But
we do have a lot of stuff in our playroom, and there’s
stuff that we don’t really use.”
Allison, Briley’s mother, describes her youngest
daughter as having no selﬁsh bone in her body, quick to
give away something special without a second thought.
“Almost every day she wants to give somebody
something,” Allison says, “and it doesn’t matter what
it is—even if it’s her favorite toy, she will give it away.”
It was this carefree generosity that prompted
Briley’s older sister, Berkeley, and the girls’ missions
group at church to give further to GFA. The girls also
had the opportunity to tour GFA’s home ofﬁce near
Dallas. They saw photos and heard stories of lives
that were changed because of the ministry.
“That was one of the best things that we
could’ve done,” Allison states. And one girl’s parents
later told Allison that their daughter now understands
what the Great Commission is all about.
Even Berkeley’s heart was changed after seeing
how gracious her younger sister was. Every birthday,
their parents always gave the option of donating
money instead of receiving gifts, but each year
Berkeley chose the gifts—until her eyes were opened
to the power of giving.
“I kind of felt like, ‘Wow! I can’t believe she did
that,’ ” Berkeley remembers. “Now that Briley has
done it, I know I can do it to help others.”
Briley knew that her sacriﬁce would help bring
joy into a child’s life—and her own as well.
“It made me happy,” she says.
Visit www.gfa.org/bridgeofhope to learn
more about Bridge of Hope, GFA’s children’s