A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor Proverbs 22:9
From Addisyn, a 15 year old, amazing girl:
"Ever since traveling to Africa last March I haven't been able to get the children left behind out of my head. I wanted to do something- anything- I could to help them. But when you are 15 years old what you can do it limited- or is it? I decided to start with what I knew I could do- give the little I had. So, I began to donate my lunch money. Instead of eating a school lunch, I brought a small bowl of the soup like what was given to the children at the feeding program we visited. I knew it wasn't much- but it made me feel close to them and it made me feel like I was making a difference- if only a small one. After awhile a friend of mine decided to join me in my efforts and she gave her lunch money too- which got me to thinking. What if others joined in too- even just one day? What if the body of Christ came together one day for one lunch and gave what we would have spent that day on our lunch away? It only cost $3.00 to feed a child at the Adami Tulu preschool for ONE MONTH. Can you imagine what a big difference we could make by just giving away one days lunch?
On February 3rd in celebration of 100 days in a row of eating soup for lunch and donating my lunch money- I am writing to ask you if you would be willing to help? I know all of you already do so much by adopting, giving, serving and praying for the least of these and I am so thankful for your example.
Let's get the word out and remind people that these children exist. Surely each of us can experience the hunger pains these kids experience daily for just one day- one lunch."
Walking in faith~ Addisyn
And the truth is this, most days; this never even crosses our minds.
Perhaps that is because with a number like this- we don’t even know where to begin.
But what if you knew where to begin? What if you knew what to do to make a difference?
And what if that difference simply started with your lunch?
What if all it took was One Day and One Lunch- to make a huge difference in the life of a child?
What if all you had to do was simply give what you would have spent in one day for one lunch?
If you are reading this today- yes YOU… I’d like to ask you to be a part of something big. God usually preferred to work through people- people like you and people like me. You have two choice right now- you can click off this page and pretend you didn’t read this and go on with your everyday life- or you can choose to see that God brought YOU here- to read this- for a purpose- to be a part of something big.
Don’t worry, I am not going to ask you to do something you can’t- I am asking you to do something you can. The Average American spends between $2.00 and $8.00 a day on lunch. If everyone who reads this blog post would simple choose- on February 3nd to give up their ‘lunch money’ and then donate what they would have spent on lunch that day to Lifesong For Orphans for the Adami Tulu preschool in Ziway, Ethiopia. Can you image what Jesus could do? A mere $3.00 feeds a child for ONE MONTH. Can you imagine the impact we could make- simply by giving being willing to make a small sacrifice for someone else?
So mark your calendar for Feb. 3nd and spread the word about the One Day- One Lunch Project. Put it on FB, add it to your blog- ask your friends, coworkers and church family to join in. Let’s make a small sacrifice- to make one big difference.
"Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love." ~ Mother Teresa
Donations can be given online at: http://www.lifesongfororphans.org/donation.html- please indicate it’s to go to the Adami Tulu Preschool.