Kids on a Mission…How Refreshing!

As my two youngest boys are currently sleeping, I just had to do a post on what we did today. The reason they are exhausted is that it is VBS week at our church, and they are getting to bed a bit later than usual. True to form (for my kids, at least) they were all up at a little after 6 in the morning. Then, late this morning, we finally went up to Water Street Ministries in Lancaster to donate our Hope Totes, a project we’ve been working on for a few months. My Dad, who is a men’s chaplain there, also had lunch with us and gave us a grand tour of the facility. As we pulled out, my oldest kids commented on how good it felt to just give things away. Yes, it does, I agreed with them. Then a prime “teachable moment” struck me. The theme for our VBS is Water to the World, and also teaches that if you refresh others, you will be refreshed. I was able to relate what we were learning in Bible school to what we experienced by giving to others. Though our gift was very tangible, you can refresh others by giving of your time, talents, or spiritual gifts. In this way you can not only bless, or refresh others, but be refreshed yourself in the process!

A trunk full of Hope Totes. We ended up with @30 to give.

For the back story on our Hope Tote project, check out my Couponing for a Cause post from several months back. I plan on continuing to collect items as I get good deals with coupons and sales.

Posing in front of the WSM sign.Posing with Grandpa in front of a cool mosaic.

Chaplain Jim (aka Grandpa) was our tour guide for the day, showing us all around the WSM campus, including the donation center and warehouse area. I was amazed by the volume and variety of items people donate to this organization. The need is great, however. In fact, when I had pulled up my van to the donation area, a huge line of people had formed to get into the food pantry area and were watching us unload.

Mama and her brood on the loading dock.

I am actually a little conflicted about posting this, but I’m going to anyway. The reason is I don’t want people to think I’m just some do-gooder who is giving themselves a big ole’ pat on the back. Here’s why I am sharing what we did–to inspire others to give in some way, whether it’s giving of your time, talents, or treasures. I can guarantee that if you choose to give and choose to honor God with your gift, whatever that may be, you will not only refresh others, but in turn YOU will be refreshed.

The back of our VBS T-shirt reads: Water to the World. Refresh Others. Be Refreshed.