Teaching children to give….

Those who attend Gospel Tabernacle will remember our granddaughter Eve.

Recently she heard about a project her denomination supports – building fresh water drinking wells in Myanmar to promote Christ – the Living Water. She had the idea to help raise money – enough for one well so she presented the idea to her youth leader who took the ball and ran with it.

Eve raised a  little money simply by talking about the project with friends and neighbors. Then at a recent community festival, the youth group set up a table and solicited donations through items they made to sell. Altogether, the money they raised came to enough to buy a small well.

She plans to continue making items and raising money through the next year as well.

Way to go Eve!

I’d love to encourage all of those who have grandchildren and children to leave them the legacy of a missionary heart. They may never go to a foreign country to work as a missionary, but they can do all sorts of other things to raise money, to pray and support missionaries and missions projects.

The best way to do that is to develop your own missionary-mindedness. As we model our own enthusiasm for missions and missionary projects in front of our children,  they will begin to get interested. And by getting them involved, they can learn how satisfying it is to give.

One project we have here at Gospel Tabernacle is the Operation Christmas Child project. Last year the children’s church packed quite a few boxes on their own and they loved doing it!

It’s time to  begin that project again. We saw several young people taking boxes to pack last week. Keep it up Gang!

If we get excited about missionary projects and involve our children in helping to support, pray and raise funds, they continue to do it throughout their lives.Let giving become a way of living for us and our children will follow!

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About Bonnie Winters

I am a Pastor's Wife, Mom, Grandmom, writer, and crafter who loves God with all my heart! Life has been an interesting Journey, so why not pull up a comfy chair, grab a cuppa your favorite beverage and let's just share awhile!
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