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This week we got a sweet surprise in the mail. It was a new photo of the Ugandan girl we sponsor through World Vision, Maureen Ngamitha. It was the first photo we'd seen of her since we began sponsoring her two years ago. She has changed so much! In the new photo she was wearing a huge smile and a pretty dress, and it appeared our monthly support is making a difference.
With the photo was an update on her community, a few specifics about her, and some of her favorite things. I showed the packet to Eden, who found it fascinating. We talk about "Maureen" often... Eden loves for me to point out Uganda on the globe, and she often says she'd like to go there some day. So getting more details about our friend, Maureen, was quite special. We found out that her favorite color is yellow, her favorite food is fish, and her favorite animal is something Eden thinks is a bug and I think is a deer (it was a hand-drawn picture).
Of course Eden had a few questions too. Why doesn't she have hair? Why isn't she wearing shoes? It was the perfect opportunity for us to remind her why helping others is important and how our help can make a real difference in others' lives.
I'm always looking for simple ways like this to teach my girls about helping others, which is why I was so excited about one of our new books this month from Tommy Nelson, "Everybody Can Help Somebody."
This children's book is based on the adult best-seller "Same Kind of Different as Me." It tells the tale of little Denver, who grew up very poor and didn’t get to go to school. Eventually, Denver decided to hop a train to the big city for a different life. But that life was difficult, and Denver spent many years as a homeless man. However, God showed His love to Denver through two people who were very different from him but had hearts to help others.
This book includes Denver’s original art, and parents and children alike will be moved by the unexpected and life-changing things that can happen when we help somebody.
"Nobody can help everybody, but everybody can help somebody.”
I will be giving away one copy of "Everybody Can Help Somebody" on Tuesday, Sept. 24 so one lucky reader can use it to start teaching their kids this important message! To enter, leave a comment telling me simple ideas for teaching our kids this valuable lesson. I want more ideas of my own! (Be sure to let Rafflecopter know you commented and earn additional entries by Liking me on Facebook and Following me on Twitter).
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