It was a time for change.
It was a time for action.
I glanced at the wall in my living room smiling at my boys...
I remember swooping Luk into my arms, sitting on the couch, and starting browsing our catalog.
"What do you think? We could do a cow?
Or we could do 10 nets? What do you think?"
"What else is there?"
"School supplies, immunizations (shots), helping start a new business"
"Why do you want to do the nets?" (I was secretly hoping for the small business launch for moms.)
"Well, I don't like being bit by mosquitos. It gets itchy, it hurts, and I don't want that to happen to the people."
Then it occurred to me that my then four year old related to people from a different nation. We began discussing how the bite can cause more than just an itch and red spot, but a sickness called Malaria that was killing people when there was a cure for it! It's never too young to explain that life is not just how you experience it, but the way it effects the nations. Last Christmas, we bought ten nets, ten or more saved by a sheer netting that prevented a bite.
This year, I don't know.
Will we give a safe water to a family for their entire life?
I don't know. I'm hoping that a Smith's precious sister will be registered so that we can sponsor her. After all their mother promised and held me tight at the thought back in September. I don't know.
I do know that our boys got extra gifts from us, and I wonder what the letter will share. Their birthdays were filled with new shoes to trek through miles on the graveled road and rainforest terrain to get to their church, sweaters to brave the cold, and food to ease the hunger pains. What will Christmas bring to them?
Do you have a heart of compassion for the people? Do you see that giving up that Dance Star Mickey will save six children? When we realize that our children can absorb compassion from young childhood and they want to save someone his or her age, what a gift! What a lesson you giving!
Give the gift of compassion this year because the beauty in this gift giving is that not only will you be changed but so will our people!