There’s lots of bad news these days, from natural disasters to mass shootings. We have an opportunity to create some positive news that involves our church, 500 students at an elementary school and 60,000 starving children getting meals.
This Sunday we're going to ask more of this congregation than we've asked since we had a special offering for startup costs over a year and a half ago.
The principal of Quail Valley Elementary School (500 students) is willing to host an event with the organization Children of the Nations. This organization puts together meal bags that feed three children each in a country like Uganda. The event at Quail Valley Elementary, which would include every student (supervised by volunteers from our church and the parents of students), would put together 20,000 meal bags during one day of school.
You can get an idea of what the events are like by watching the video below. (This was a much larger event, of course. I believe they packaged 100,000 meals.)
The students will participate in half-hour segments, 100 students at a time, 8 per table. Not only do the students get to help put the meal bags together, but they get to sample the meal. It will be a great object lesson in thankfulness.
The event would be November 16 at the school.
Each meal bag is 29 cents, so 20,000 meal bags (which feed 60,000 children) costs $5300. As a church, we are thankfully in the black, but not far enough in the black to just write a check for this event.
So, here's what we're asking — we're asking 10 families to give $500 or 5 families to give $1000 so that we can cover the event. Pray about it. There is no pressure. If the Lord provides for this event, we'll do it. If not, then we won't.
What encouraged me to take this step is that when I was having a conversation with a friend from church about this as an idea only, he said, "You can put me down for $500." Okay, that got the ball rolling.
This is a special offering, which means it's above and beyond regular tithes. (Hint, hint.)
Again, there is no high pressure pitch in this. If it works out, we feel it's a great opportunity to bless the school and interact with some of the parents and teachers. Plus, this is a good story for the local papers.
We'll take this offering at the end of the service this coming Sunday.
13 For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened, but that as a matter of fairness 14 your abundance at the present time should supply their need