It is remarkable that even young children know that there is something wrong with people living a world away in utter poverty. They understand that it is not right that there are homeless people and children without families within a short drive of our sheltered life. A 5 year old knows that it is horribly sad for someone to go to bed having only eatten one meal during the day. A 9 year old understands, at some level, the problems that might come from having no clean water. A 12 year old realizes that we have significant benefits simply because of where we were born and where we live. Bono stated it well when he sings, "where we live should not decide whether we live or whether we die." And yet, that is the realitiy for many, isn't it?
As we talked about the lack of fresh water in India, babies without families, and families without food, we again came to the question, "how should we respond?" Over and over in God's Word it says we are to take care of widows, orphans, and strangers. As Jesus followers, we have a responsibility to help those in need and to love our neighbors as ourselves. With that in mind, the kids and I brainstormed some ideas that might help us love our neighbors as ourselves and deal with some of the needs of the world. It was fun to watch and listen as this discussion took place.
A few days later, with nothing else pressing in the schedule, my three kids and I hatched one of our plans. We began to bake. Each child took responsibility for one recipe while I took on a fourth and oversaw all operations.
|Don't worry, she washed her hands after loving on her doggy!|
Castor Kids for a Cause!
Finding creative ways to raise money for The Love of Christ Ministries (TLC), an orphanage in South Africa.
TLC believes that every child has the right to a loving and responsible family. Since April 1993, they have helped over 600 babies who have been abandoned or orphaned. Find out more about TLC on their website: www.tlc.org.zaWith a cooler loaded up with 11 plates of cookes, the kids, Smudge, and I headed out to ask neighbors if they would like to help support our effort to raise some money for a South African orphanage near and dear to our hearts. Zac and I decided rather than "pricing" the cookie plates, we would sell them by donation. I honestly did not know how much one might possibly want to spend on these small plates of cookies. I anticipated that we might raise $30 - $40 during this first venture and would combine it with something else in a month or so. I admit, part way through the mess of baking I wondered whether I should have just sent that amount of money myself, rather than buying and donating ingredients and making a mess of the kitchen. But, I knew that this project was about more than just sending money to Afica. It was also about helping to mold my kids' hearts to view the world more and more with Jesus vision and to consider the needs of others as more significant than their own "comfort".