Something we as the 3B2D team is incredibly passionate is serving as a family. We have heard awesome stories and seen families changed because they serve together. It doesn’t matter how old, young, youthful, goofy, shy someone is….serving with people who surround them with love and compassion can make the biggest difference.
Personally, an example of this has been my family and I spending some time in an orphanage in Guatemala. I loved seeing my parents step out of their comfort zones. They also encouraged me to do the same. Being encouraged by my parents and to follow their example in loving and serving has been one of the greatest joys in my life. They have been such a blessing through this journey with 3 Bags, the homeless camps, and tons more. They are incredible people and to know they are behind me in this is such a blessing.
All to this to say, no matter how old your kids are, how uncomfortable serving makes you, DO IT and do it as a FAMILY. Coming from a “kid” myself, it has made the biggest difference in my life. I will forever see my parents as fountains of love and encouragement.
Meet Heather from Christ Preschool. Her precious kiddos at the preschool have been collecting supplies for us. They have been rockstars at it too! Awesome! She decided to take her 9-year old daughter along to shop for some 3 Bags items….she wrote this:
“While my family and business has been fortunate enough to be able to make small donations to 3 Bags in 2 Days for a number of months, I included my 9 year old daughter in the selection process this time. Last week she and I went to Wal-Mart with a set dollar amount and the list of most needed items. I allowed her to make decisions on the items we purchased. She had the list and calculator…and the two of us had a terrific chat about what it means to need something versus wanting something. Her enthusiasm was contagious and we spoke to more than two other shoppers about what we were doing and who we were shopping for! An hour later she had chosen the toothpaste, soap, shampoo, deodorant and snacks that were the best value. We left the store with a full cart and full hearts.”
I love reading that! What a blessing to know that even children can begin to understand needs and love!
With service on the brain,