This summer we were invited to join a Summer Service Project group with a group on Mom’s from our church and their children. We had a busy summer and couldn’t go every week (vacations, swim lessons, etc) but we were able to serve in two projects, and buy supplies when we couldn’t go and serve! Our first project, a lemonade stand and bake sale, was the week that we were in charge of. We raised money for the family of a missionary who was serving in Uganda, Africa and contracted malaria, had complications, and later died as a result. Hayley helped me bake goodies (Will you didn’t participate this summer, you are too young) and, along with with other moms and children in our group, set up outside of a boutique to sell lemonade, sweet tea and all of our baked treats. We realized over $300 to help that family!
The second project we did was helping buy, sort and pack food boxes for the food bank of Northwest Louisiana. We went to Sam’s and bought needed food items, and took them to a church and you (Hayley) helped pack the boxes with food to give away to those in need. I am so proud of how you help!
Another way I served (Hayley and Will you are both too young to help on this one) was helping to decorate a “dream room” so a sick little girl through the Pay It Forward Network. She has a disease that leaves her sick, tired and with no energy all day so she has to spend most of her time in bed in her room. She has a lot of medical equipment that goes along with taking care of her. Her “wish” was to have a princess room and I was asked to help paint pictures and create a canopy above her bed, so I jumped at the chance. Other people helped to bring this whole room together with cabinets to hide her medical supplies, paint for the walls, a chandelier, new flooring, new toys, bedding, and so much more. It was a magical experience to see how greatly this act of kindness meant to her and her family when the room was revealed to them. I am SOOOO blessed to have healthy children and I thank the Lord for that every day. I cannot imagine what the parents of Jolie (the sick little girl) go through day in and day out, all knowing the outcome doesn’t look good for their baby girl. It breaks my heart and it makes me cry happy tears just to know that a little bit of time and resources given by all of these wonderful people changed that little girls world. That is what giving back is all about. You get so much more out of it than you give.
Although you are young, and cannot grasp all the reasons why we need to help those in need, I feel it is important that service and giving back to others in the name of Lord should be a thread woven in your upbringing. “To whom much is given, much is expected.” We are SOOOOO incredibly blessed, blessed beyond words and so the Lord calls us (all of us) to serve and be His hands and feet in the world. I want you to always faithfully and joyfully serve those around you, in every way that you can. Pray for the Lords provisions in your giving so that it will all be made possible. Humbly give, without need of recognition. I pray that the Lord will break your heart for the needs of this world and that you will have a passion for serving His people. We will continue to go out and serve as you grow up. For now, we will serve our local community and I pray that one day we can go out and serve a greater area, in our country or abroad.
With all my love,