We kicked off Poverty Week yesterday. Our goal is to bring to light those around us that are living in hunger and poverty. We’re also going to be looking at ways that we can help (on Thursday). Today I want to share with you a story of a young boy who is trying to make a difference. Here’s a letter I got last weekend in the mail from an 11 year old boy who lives in Oklahoma.
My name is Trae. I am 11 years old and have just started 6h grade. I met you this spring when you spoke at our church in Tecumseh.
This summer I watched the video about the group that went to Honduras to minister to the children in The Dump. It touched my heart and inspired me to do something to help. We made a lemonade stand and sold cold lemonade, brownies and cookies on a hot July afternoon. We also made signs that would explain what the money would go to. People in our community were kind and generous. We raised $116. I remember from the video about the boy who was trying to raise money for his family and hoped to get about $4 a day. I figured that we had raised almost a month of money for a boy like him and we only worked 5 hours. It was a blessing to get to help.
My family and I are praying and hoping that we will get to be a part of the mission trip in December. In the meantime we are praying for you and your family.
In Christian love. Your friend,
PS – I’ve enclosed some pictures of my cousins and me along with the $116 check.
Stories like these remind me of two things …
1. Anything is possible with a little effort. You just have to be willing.
2. Jesus knew what he was talking about when he said, “Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
Later I’ll tell you about my young friend Christopher and how he’s helping feed hungry people. Thanks for stopping by during Poverty Week.