This post comes to you from guest writer, Ty Richards, pictured above on the right. Ty is a wife, a mom of four, and the Children’s Director of Christ’s Church Albany, a church plant in Upstate NY.
This fall, the children of Christ’s Church Albany lead our church forward in collecting school supplies for the children of Cruz Blanca, Guatemala, that are enrolled in the VisionTrust Learning Center. We’ve finally wrapped up the School Supply Drive and it gave me some time to stop and reflect. As I sat on my living room floor and began to take inventory of the school supplies our church donated, I became overwhelmed with joy at the generosity of our one-year-old church. I also learned a few things along the way…
Kids Matter to Kids
You should have seen the surprised look on the children’s faces when I shared that children that don’t have school supplies in Guatemala cannot attend public school! You could see the concern on the children’s faces, the hope that they could do something, and the excitement when they realized they could help their “friends” in Guatemala.
Practical and Tangible
I mentioned I have four kids. Well, this was my first year as a mom of three elementary-aged kids. So as you can imagine, I had quite the list of school supplies to purchase! Yet in the midst of strolling through Wal-Mart with four kids, two adults, and three school supply lists, my kids were insistent on getting school supplies for our sponsor children Esteban and Luisa and their peers at the Learning Center. They knew that they were making a difference in a very real and tangible way.
Rising to the Challenge
Lastly, little people or churches can do big things! I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of supplies given. I love our church and the passion and radically generous hearts of those who make up our community. I think we can sometimes forget that when you instill a heart of generosity in kids, no matter how small, it fuels their passion to make a difference.
As a mom, Children’s Director, and supporter of VisionTrust, I am grateful we had an opportunity to serve our friends in Cruz Blanca, Guatemala, by participating in the School Supply Drive. I look forward to doing it again!