Posted by: Omar C. Garcia | June 21, 2011

A Child Will Lead Them

One of my favorite songs is entitled, “By Our Love” by singer Christy Nockels. One of the verses of the song says, “Children, you are hope for justice, stand firm in the Truth now, set your hearts above. You will be reaching, long after we’re gone, and they will know you by your love!” When our missions ministry embraced the challenge of helping the victims of human trafficking, we took intentional steps to help our children learn about the issue of justice. We believe that we have a responsibility to teach the next generation (in age-appropriate ways) about what they can do to make a difference in the lives of those who live in the dark world of modern-day slavery. I am certainly thankful for everything that our adults do to invest financially to support our justice initiatives at home and abroad. But I am especially encouraged by what our children  are doing to help those who are less fortunate and in dire straits.

Chloe and Morgan Isenberger recently stopped by my office with a zip lock bag containing $56.00 in change. Morgan had recently told her mom, Kelly, that she wanted to have a lemonade stand. Kelly wasn’t sure it could be done because Morgan and her sister Chloe had to be at their swim team practice every day after school. After thinking about it, Kelly suggested that they set up their lemonade stand at the place where their swim team practices. So, Kelly and the girls went shopping and selected items that would give them the best profit margin. They also made a sign with a price list and this message: All proceeds support a home for girls rescued out of slavery. In addition to raising funds to help girls in need, Kelly and her girls helped to educate others about the issue of human trafficking.

The day after the Isenberger girls stopped by my office, Carson Potts and his older brother Cooper knocked on my door. Carson handed me his Just Change bank — the red house-shaped “piggy” banks that our families use to collect change to support our aftercare home. Carson’s bank was filled with coins. Kara, his mom, told me that Carson’s grandmother had given him a complete set of state quarters. Instead of keeping them for himself, Carson told his mom that he wanted to give the quarters to help the girls we support in South Asia. Without hesitation, Carson handed me his coin-filled bank. The Potts kids will start over with an empty bank — a reminder of their generosity and the need to continue to think of others.

I am both blessed and convicted by the thoughtful and selfless actions of the Isenberger girls, the Potts boys, and so many other children who do the same thing. Our children are leading the way and demonstrating that they are indeed hope for justice. They are beginning to realize that we are responsible for intentionally acting to help those in need and in danger. And, they are doing it in a Christ-like, selfless, and compassionate way. Let’s follow their lead!


Responses

  1. Remnds me of the verse, ‘and a little child shall lead them’! I see Jesus in these great kids! Kuddos to Kingsland Kids!!!


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