February is Compassion blog month. Please read past blogs to see what Compassion has done for our family. (I am new to this blogging thing and I couldn't figure out how to re-post it, sorry.)
However, the impact of Brad's Peru trip lives on. For Valentines Day, our boys got some money from their grandparents and we asked them they both send it to Daniel (our compassion child). I was so proud of them. Jackson was not happy about it at first but he eventually came around. Sometimes, it is just hard to give. It has been such a great tool to teach our kids what it is like to live in another country and how blessed we are here. They love to pour over the pictures and Jackson really thinks he is his brother, he just lives in Peru.
It gets better. At church last week, Jackson got a penny for V-day and he came out of class and said, "I am sending my penny to Daniel." He got it, he really got it. Something about him sending his one penny to Daniel made my heart want to burst. It makes me think of the story in Mark where the poor widow gave all she had. Mark 12:41-44 "Jesus sat near the Temple money box and watched the people put in their money. Many rich people gave large sums of money.Then a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which were only worth a few cents. Calling his followers to him, Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, this poor widow gave more than all those rich people. They gave only what they did not need. This woman is very poor, but she gave all she had; she gave all she had to live on." Mark 12 : 41-44
The penny was so precious because it was all he had. Just one single penny. We all have things that we can offer to help those in need. It might be a single penny but to Jesus, when you give all you have. It means so much.
Ok, back to the Peru trip. Brad had to come home early and didn't get to offically see Daniel this time but our dear friend Nikki took our gifts to him. He was so excited and sent us back the sweetest handmade gift. We had sent Daniel one of Brad's cd's before and Daniel's mom told Niki that he knows all the words in English. How sweet is that. She also said that Daniel thinks Brad is "magic." I must say, I agree! He is the best.
Our lives have been impacted for the better because of Compassion. Don't you want the same for your family? What an impact on this world we can have! Search for child you can adopt today. I have the link right on this blog. Please visit http://www.shaungroves.com/shlog/comments/stories_of_compassion_international_its_your_turn/ to read all the stories of how compassion is impacting others.