Back in February, I served on a short term mission team in Guatemala with my nine-year-old nephew, Logan. Towards the end of the trip, I asked Logan and his eight-year-old buddy Nathan what they would say to a friend who was interested in helping kids in Guatemala. They proceeded to give an incredibly articulate and clear explanation of how to serve the poor and the vulnerable, from going on a mission team, to sponsoring a child, to donating funds to help the children. The last thing they said brought me to tears, “We’re helping kids down here. We get to experience their lives and they get to experience ours.” At not even ten years old, these boys understood that poverty isn’t purely material, so the solution shouldn’t be either. They also recognized that sharing their lives with their friends in Guatemala was a pivotal part of the process of helping them.
Logan and Nathan taught me an important lesson that day. If you need someone to help, be sure to ask a child! Children should be key players in the fight against poverty. They have tender hearts, creative minds, tons of energy and a desire to help. But, unfortunately, most grown-ups never think to ask them to get involved. So, I’ve started to ask. And these are just a few of the awesome ways children I know have been joining Logan and Nathan in bringing hope and love to the children of VisionTrust lately.
In Peoria, IL, the preschoolers of UPC Discovery Preschool collected a huge tote of school supplies for VisionTrust children living in Goiania, Brazil.
In Guilderland, NY, children from Christ’s Church Guilderland collected enough change to provide water filtration units for six VisionTrust families living in Cruz Blanca, Guatemala.
There are several other groups of children I know that are working together to support the children of VisionTrust during the next two months. I absolutely cannot wait to see the inspirational work they will do and the lives they will touch through their generosity and love. If you have children in your life, why don’t you invite them to join us in bringing hope to their impoverished peers around the world? Helping isn’t just for grown-ups, you know. And you just might be amazed at what they will do!