Maddie's 6th Birthday Party
At the end of our service time, the team leader called Maddie up to have us all sing Happy Birthday to her (there were 91 people total). Later she said, "Mommy, that was hard to do. I was nervous with all those people singing to me." How cute.
When we sent out our invitations for this party, we asked those that came to not bring gifts for Maddie, but if they wanted, they could bring money to add to our money jar and then we would give a collective donation in honor of Maddie on her 6th birthday. We are excited that the total money in the jar was $123.68, which provided 727 meals for starving children. That will feed 2 children for an entire year (one meal per day). Wow. Very exciting!
At the end of our time, we were told that our big group of 91 (our party plus a couple other groups) had packed 107 boxes, which translates to 23,112 meals in that two hour slot, which will feed 64 children for a year (one meal per day). WOW. 64 children alive because a few people got together and said, "We will do something about this. It is not right that little children are dying because they have no food, when people in America are dying of obesity."
I'll leave you with a verse that has pierced my heart over the past 2 months. Isaiah 58:10 says, "And if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness."
Our desire was that we would provide HOPE and LIFE to dying children and my heart says that God used us to do just that. I'm so proud of our sweet Maddie. Never underestimate the impact that a child can have, as we have just watched her tender heart set ripples in motion to show the love of Jesus to a dying world.
BEING GOOFY TOGETHER, AS ALWAYS.