However, I wanted my children to have strengths where I do not. We knew that they would lean toward the strengths Kevin and I have, simply because that was how we talked and worked in our lives. But my desire was to give them encouragement in areas that were not our strengths.
- When our oldest ones were little, we started reading through a book on missions throughout the world. It was a great thing in getting the children’s hearts contemplating those around the world who were laying their lives on the line for the gospel. Later we started a Missionary Club from our home. This post tells a little bit more about it.
- We encouraged our second daughter to use her love of letter writing and she got a list of the widows/elderly in our church from our pastor’s wife. She sent a letter every week to a different widow. She told them she was 12 and a little bit about her life and just that she was praying for them that week and wanted to write and encourage them in their lives and their faith. It was delightful when she got letters back. It was especially heart-warming when one letter came from one elderly man the day after he died, knowing he wrote it just 2 days before he went to Glory. He wrote how blessed he was to have her pray and share her love with him.
- Our church had a woman who traveled to Russia to bring items to the orphans there. Our children started a lemonade stand and all the money raised there was given to our church to send to the orphans.
- Later our younger girls contacted all the folks they used to deliver newspapers to and offered to work in their homes and yards and asked for a love offering. This money was sent to a specific ministry they had a heart for.
Much of what our children have done over the years has been on their own initiative and creativity. I just tried to foster an environment that encouraged them to reach out to others with the love of Jesus.
How are you building a desire to serve others in your children? I’d love you to share your stories!
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