“But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me. Don’t stop them, because the kingdom of heaven belongs to people that are like these children.””
It began as a normal January day. The office was churning about, hustling to complete the year end financials. There was a knock on the door, followed by a P82 patron and her daughter Virginia. Virginia is a beautiful, young lady with a smile that can light up a room. Virginia’s mom stated that young Virginia had something she wished to share with us.
Virginia, smiling brightly and holding an envelope timidly began telling us her story.
“I had been saving my money for an American Girl doll. When we were in church and learned about the children in Kenya I told my mom and dad I wanted to do something for those children. I continued to save my money,” Virginia told us. “Then on Christmas, Santa brought me an American Girl doll and a note that said I could give all the money I had saved to help the children in Kenya.” Her bright eyes sparkled and her face radiated joy. You could feel the love in her heart. Needless to say, this led us to tears. Our hearts were warmed and overwhelmed by the generosity of this young child.
We thanked Virginia and promised her that during an upcoming trip to Kenya, the P82 team would share her story with our children in Kenya. She smiled and responded “I have three loose teeth, so I may be bringing you some more money.”
Virginia’s gift of $114 will feed three children in Kenya for a month. It is indeed a beautiful world God has given us when one child can make an extraordinary difference in the lives of three children whom she has never met.
What is equally beautiful is Virginia’s gift to those of us around her. Virginia reminds us that God has enabled each and every one of us with the ability to make a difference in His world. As adults, sometimes we get caught up in the day to day demands upon our lives. We can end up feeling like we ourselves aren’t enough to make a difference, and can then end up not doing anything. Virginia reminds all of us that it is not about grander and big overwhelming changes, but rather taking one step forward and helping one child at a time.
The entire P82 team is extremely excited to share the story of this wonderful young girl with our children in Kenya. Our children in Kenya love to learn about our families, our homes and how we live. They will be so very touched by Virginia’s selfless gift. Oh, the things our children teach us……..