March 8th of this year, I went to Jamaica on a mission trip. I was very touched by the simpleness of the people there. I was touched by the children and how thankful they were for little items that our children in America cast aside on a daily basis.
The little boys loved Matchbox cars. They treated them like they were gold. If one of them lost one, they were heartbroken. The little girls treasured simple things as well. Adults and kids alike had a blast sitting with us and making rainbow loom bracelets and necklaces.
Another thing that they treasured was food. If anybody had any leftovers, they would eat them. They didn’t care who had touched them. Here is America, most of us are fortunate. Even people who are considered at poverty level here are still wealthy compared to people in third world countries. We have so much that we don’t appreciate. We waste leftovers. We run our water while we wash dishes. We get upset if Starbucks runs out of Pumpkin Spice right when we pull up at the drive-thru in our hybrid vehicle. We’re already thinking about all the gifts we’re going to purchase for the Holidays. But sadly, so many don’t receive gifts. So many don’t have running water. So many, like my friends in Jamaica, don’t have vehicles and they’re stuck up on the top of a mountain with no way to earn an income.
Let’s make a change this Holiday season!
My friend Shellie R. Tomlinson, the Belle of All Things Southern, is running a campaign to help HOPE WITHOUT BORDERS raise money to build a Hope Center in Nicaragua. Her daughter, Jessica, visited there and was touched by the fact that the children there were so thankful for the smallest of things, just like my kids in Jamaica. So they are raising money to try to build a Hope Center for these kids.
Here is what Jessica had to say:
Out of all the churches and orphanages we visited, one stop changed me forever. I saw children with so little act like they had everything. We were visiting their brand new Hope Center. Smiling children took me by the hand and showed me their dining table, box of toys, bathroom and musical instruments. Their joy was contagious. I knew in my heart that regardless of what I saw, those little ones saw HOPE in that cement center, hope to be someone one day, hope to change, hope to create, and hope that they are loved. And they are. They’re loved by our Lord and Savior and each one of them are so very special in his eyes. Each deserve a chance to experience His love and His blessings. My hands shook as I looked at the hope surrounding me and I knew I had to be a part of replicating it again and again, instilling Christ’s love and hope into children living in conditions the world deems hopeless. Will you help me?
I’m helping Jessica and Shellie by spreading the word about this awesome opportunity to help needy people. You can help by making a donation and spreading the word. Follow the link below if you are interested in helping Shellie and her daughter in their quest. Let’s bring hope to this community in Nicaragua.
To donate, click here: https://www.crowdrise.com/WritersandReadersReachOut/fundraiser/shellietomlinson
To participate in spreading the word, click here: http://www.belleofallthingssouthern.com/wrro2014/