We finished up our Honduras/Haiti fund this week and all left to do now is make out the checks and take the coins to the bank! This is from June 6, 2012.
Jesus told us the kingdom of heaven belongs to little children. He must have been thinking of the youngsters in these two shots. This morning, during basketball camp, we moved the coins we collected for the support of orphanages in Haiti and Honduras from my classroom to our business office for transfer to the bank. We made a pit stop in the main lobby to pose for our Westbury Christian School Creative Director, Michael Fonville. Not including our Head of School, Greg Glenn, and me, everyone in these shots is a current WCS student. (You can see we have quite an age range!) Once again this year, our school family raised almost $10,000 to be divided between Mission Lazarus in Honduras and Hope For Haiti's Children, both of which operate orphanages where little ones are protected, nurtured, and raised with the love of Jesus Christ. I have always been amazed at what children will do if you give them a goal, paint them a picture, and offer them an opportunity. All our kids have done that throughout the past fourteen years here. I could tell you stories of individual sacrifices our students make to help little ones who speak a different language and whose paths they will never cross but that's for another time and place. We are blessed with an administration that not only allows us to carry out this project, which has become part of our school culture, but encourages us. Private/Christian schools run a fine line when it comes to student fundraising project- it's easy to overdo it- but we are a mission minded school from Greg to our three year old kindergarten kids. Our prayer is that as our students leave WCS, they will continue to walk in the words of James 1, verse 27:
"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."
That's a pretty good blueprint for a righteous life.
Applicable quote of the day:
"Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, it's at the end of your arm, as you get older, remember you have another hand: The first is to help yourself, the second is to help others.”
To see where these pennies/nickels/dimes/quarters will be going, please click on these websites!
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