For those who have followed along, you may have read about my son’s third birthday and how his little heart was broken for people who don’t have clean water to drink.
Today, I wanted to share a simple idea with you that was born out of my boy’s tender heart.
We started a water jar back in November. Coins and bills were added each day, and the kids could give up juice in the morning to give money towards clean water.
I used a simple applesauce jar, and put in a picture from Compassion’s Water of Life program.
In December, our church’s youth group hosted their annual Advent Conspiracy event. The proceeds went to Living Water International – so it was the perfect time to bring what we’d collected from our little applesauce jar.
The little guy carried it in to church himself, and when a friend saw, she came over to me and told me how much it just melted her heart to see him carrying his change in to donate.
Kids can be so very tender and receptive to needs, if they’re just told about them. I encourage you to use this idea with your kids— for a cause that’s meaningful to you and your family. Oh, and if you do, please be sure to leave me a comment and let me know how it went!
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” (Matthew 25:34-40)