Tuesday, May 02, 2017

The Contribution Of Cana

This is about one of my favorite people in the world and what she did to help others because she loves Jesus. She comes to mind this time of year as we collect our pennies at WCS. Cana has now been to Honduras herself several times. This is from May 7, 2011.
Early this morning, I got in my car and drove to a yard sale. In some parts of the country, it's a garage sale but whatever you call it, it's a distinctive American phenomenon. You display your stuff and allow strangers to take ownership of it, often at rock bottom prices. Like I said, I went to a yard/garage sale today. It was at Cana's house in suburban Houston. Cana is one of our WCS third graders and as wonderful a young lady as you'll meet. This was a Cana production; she thought of it, organized it, prepared it, and pulled it off. She had help; her mom (Rachel) and her dad (Troy) gave the parental support to make it happen. Cana's grandmother, brother, and sister also shared the load but make no mistake, this day and this event was clearly stamped CANA. She was up at 6 AM, moving the wares into the family driveway and eagerly awaiting her first customer. Cana's a typical little girl; she loves horses, swims on a team, comes to basketball camp, and wants to be a veterinarian. Yesterday at school, she presented me with a homemade friendship bracelet, woven from blue thread. The bling was a tight fit but with help from Amberly Kopas, it now resides (snugly!) on my wrist. This afternoon, I left Cana's home carrying her recently taken school spring picture. I'm pretty positive it will find a place on my coffee table in short order.

You might wonder why a guy like me, who has no interest in yard sales, would spend his day off hanging out at one. You see, this was no ordinary yard sale. Cana's sole purpose was to raise money for two orphanages in Central America that our school supports. And she did, to the tune of $175.45, every penny of which will go to Jovenes en Camino and Mission Lazarus, two children's' homes in Honduras, one of the world's poorest countries. It's not the first time Cana has hosted one of the neighborhood galas. Last year as a second grader, she implemented her one girl fund raiser and collected $85  for these good works and kids in Haiti after the earthquake devastated that nation. So in one year, she doubled her profit margin. At this rate, by her freshman year of high school, she will be raising more than $11,000 annually by herself. If you doubt Cana can sustain this mathematical prototype of her benevolence, you would be making a huge mistake. A little girl with a little faith, I recall Jesus saying in paraphrased Aramaic, is a combination that can move mountains. And what was it He told us would be the reaction to those guys who doubled the investments in the Parable of the Talents? I think it was, "Well done, good and faithful servant." I bet that line was repeated today in the heavenly regions. They just swapped out servant with Cana. Or, maybe not. I think Cana and servant are interchangeable; kind of like yard sale and garage sale.

Applicable quote of the day:
"I brought children into this dark world because it needed the light that only a child can bring."
Liz Armbruster

If you want to see the destination of the funds Cana and our other Westbury Christian students are amassing, please click on:

God bless,
Luke 18:1
E-mail me at steve@hawleybooks.com

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