I had the BEST day today ... just in time to get into the true spirit of what Thanksgiving is all about. I had the privilege of being part of giving back to those who so desperately need to receive God's blessings, and I can honestly say that we are the richer for it! As a church family we have been supporting a local farm school in our community. It is a little school tucked away out of every ones notice, but boy-oh-boy is God pouring out His love on these precious children. These precious children come from very poor families who have so little, but God is ever mindful of those in need and He led us to this little school almost 2 years ago. We have been working with them to upgrade practical areas in the school and also just to spend time with the kids once every second week planting seeds of truth into their hearts. Today we organized a mini sports-day and Christmas party for them. Just take a look at these precious faces. Aren't they beautiful!!!
So we kicked off the morning with some running races and 3 legged races. They absolutely LOVED it!
Even the principle (in the orange top), teachers and volunteers got involved ... much to the delight and cheering of the kids.
For the children, a total highlight were these chocolate medals that some of the moms from our church made. They were so proud of them!
It almost broke my heart to see the appreciation of such a small little gift.
Another highlight for us was to send off the graduating grade 7 students into high school with back packs filled with all the stationary they will need for next year. We also included a Bible and goal notepad so that they can keep setting goals for themselves as they enter high school. They were just bowled over by this gift.
Once again, their humble appreciation spoke such volumes to my heart. Imagine being so thankful over a practical gift like that.
The best moment for me was being able to pray over these precious ones. Their hearts are so open to the Lord. We are so grateful to be working with a principle who currently is not even paid to do what she does. She does it out of her love for these children and her love for the Lord!
We also were able to bless the teachers with a little something for all their hard work.
And in return we were blessed with the singing and dancing of the ones we came out to love. (It's so true what my mom has always taught me ... "you can never out-give God!").
After all the fun and celebration we handed out hotdogs, juices, crisps and lolypops to each of the children and teachers.
I will never forget the beautiful faces of these thankful children ...
And these amazing teachers and helpers who sacrifice so much to sow good seeds into these little ones lives.
We are so very blessed. There is nothing like taking a few hours out to give back into areas of need in your community to really get in touch with God's heart.
Happy Thanksgiving to you at this precious time of the year.
All my love,