Saturday, April 23, 2011

What More Can I Do?

First of all let me ask you to forgive my blurry pictures.
I took pictures of pictures.
Second, this is not a typical Easter story,
yet to me, this is what it is all about.

One of our Pastors mentioned in a sermon about the hungry
children in the world going to bed at night with no food to eat and he mentioned how
blessed he was, to be able to  feed his children.

At our church we have a food bank called "The Share Baskets".
It is totally funded by our local Church members.

This little 8 year old boy was sitting next to his mother and listening to
the Preacher and he started crying.
  She just thought that his Dad had scolded him for something.
After church, Josh told his parents that he wanted to talk to them.
He said, "Daddy, I didn't know there were hungry children.  What can I do?"

His Daddy told him, "Josh, do you remember the last deer we killed?
We donated it to the hungry."
Josh said, "But Daddy, WHAT MORE CAN I DO?"
They told him about the food bank at church and how it feeds the hungry.
Then he asked,"Could I donate some food?"
His Daddy explained how you can also donate money and they will go and buy the groceries.

Josh then went to his brothers and sisters and asked if they would help him by donating
their savings from their allowance.  Then his Mom & Dad told them that they would donate too.
They all put their money together and went shopping for groceries.

The next Wednesday night, these children not only donated their money,
but took their time to shop and then unload and stock the shelves in our food pantry at Church.

There are several  that work in the "Share Baskets".
We were all touched as we watched the excitement of these little children
helping to feed the hungry.

This is a real story in my church.
We are so proud of these children.
We were all so touched by watching these little children
and hearing the story from the parents.

Thank you to the family of Bruce & Angela G. and their children,
Josh, Jacob, Jordan, & Jenna for this true and compelling story of compassion.

We have some slogans in our food bank that we use all the time.
Remember to share with us as we share with others.
Alone we can do a little, but together we can do a lot.
Now we have another one......
What more can I do?


Today I am thankful for..........the heart of a child.

But Jesus called them and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.



caknitter said...

Wow, what a great story and thank you for sharing it. These children are truly blessings from God. I can't think of any child who would be so touched in this way.
Happy Easter to you and your family!

lindsey said...

He is risen indeed!
What a lovely story, it is so improtant for our children to learn these important truths...yes there are people without and yes we can all do something to help.
Thank you for sharing this, I am just in the processes of setting up a food pantry in our church so this has been a great encouragement for me. Have a blessed Easter!

KathyB. said...

What an encouraging and inspiring post. Thank-you!

Granny said...

What a precious and touching story. We too have a food bank funded by the church members. Ours is called the "Come To Me" food bank.

Amelia said...

Happy Easter! God is alive and I am His child.

Such a wonderful story about the children spending their money for the food.

Enjoy the day!

Pat said...

Alleluia!! He is risen and showing His love for others is what it's all about. Thank you for this beautiful story of that very special family. Happy Easter to you and your loved ones, Val.

Scrappy quilter said...

You have me crying. This is what it's all about. If only more adults would get the vision these precious children had. Beautiful!! Happy Easter. Hugs

Anonymous said...

Leave it to the children to teach us responsibility and how to put our faith into action. Beautiful children, beautiful story. Thank you for sharing this with us.

Adoption Mama said...

The change God has wrought in all of our lives makes me wonder at the miracle that it is. He is risen. Keep sharing this miracle with your precious little ones.

StitchinByTheLake said...

What a wonderful story - that's exactly why Jesus loves the children so much. :) blessings, marlene

Susannah said...

I love the song - "Jesus loves the little children...all the children of the world.....".

Happy Easter to you, Val and to "Sweet Hunter"! I know you are probably with your whole family.

Blessings to you,

Patty said...

Beautiful children,and beautiful story.

Alice Grace said...

That is such a beautiful story! And the heart of a child says it best!

Allie said...

And a little child shall lead them - thank you for sharing this story, sweetie! Happy Easter!

webbsway said...

And a child shall lead them. How much more can you say when it comes from the purity of the little ones.

Love Bears All Things said...

This is a special post...thank you for sharing...just giving money their parents gave them might not make the same impression on the children...I think shopping for the food and stocking the shelves as well as using some of their own money is a real lesson.
Mama Bear

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

He is risen indeed!