an opportunity for serving Nepal

We are a family with young children, so we walk a fine line in sheltering them from the ugly news of this world and keeping them updated on current events. This week, we talked with them about the earthquake in Nepal.

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My heart is  heavy for the people. So many have lost their homes and the lives of their loved ones. I was reminded of what we learned this weekend at our church retreat: as children of the King, we are to serve.

The words of Mother Theresa also keep ringing in my ears, “Give, but give until it hurts.” It’s easy to give, but to give until it hurts? What does that look like for those of us who live without plenty, but live with enough?

To give more of themselves, I wanted the children in Nepal to become real to my own. They are not just names, not just faces, not just a number in the thousands who have lost their lives. They are real children who have lost their possessions, real children who have lost their homes and even loved ones.

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I love how home educating allows for the ability to incorporate real life into learning. I decided to take this opportunity to have the kids learn about earthquakes and about the country of Nepal; their geography, their religion, their way of life. This learning will take longer than the hours we have set aside today for “school” so it will be something I will include in my teaching over the next few weeks.

We will also be taking the time for our “serving”. Right now this includes extra chores around the house and yard that will be donated and cleaning out toys and treasures for a yard sale we will hold this weekend. All the proceeds from chores and our sale will then be donated to ADRA.

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We talked last night and came up with ways our family can give until it hurts. Would you like to join us? Even if we all do something small, together, we can make a difference.

I know sometimes for myself that often I want to help, but I don’t know how to begin. We will be donating our money to Nepal through an organization called ADRA. To donate, one can either call 1-800-424-2372 and donate over the phone or through their website. Please be sure to tell them that the money is for Nepal relief.

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me (Matthew 25:40).

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