Un Regalo (A Gift)

2/26/2011:

You never know how far a kind act can go. It can be something small and simple. It could be a smile. It could be words of encouragement. It could be a gift.

One of my 4th graders gave me a very thoughtful gift for Christmas, a soccer ball. He didn’t want to just get me anything. He knew I liked soccer. The ball was sitting in my room for a while. When I began packing I decided to take the ball with me. When I got down here I carried it around in my backpack for a couple of days. I was trying to figure out who to give it to.

On Wednesday, I got to meet my sponsor child. I sat down with her and tried to get to know her. She told me she likes soccer. I knew then that I would give the ball to her. The school day was ending so I told her goodbye. I walked downstairs to go to the special needs room. She was in the courtyard with a bunch of kids playing soccer. She looked at me and said, “We’re playing soccer!”

I ran out and joined the game with my flip-flops and skirt on. She had the biggest smile on her face. I’m sure that I did too. That small amount of time I spent with Jennifer was a gift to me.

Again, you never know how far a small act of kindness will go. They can cut through the language barriers. I saw it through the teachers in both schools and in the parents during food distribution. I was encouraged to see how much love the teachers and parents have for these precious children.

These teachers and parents have so many hardships to go through with the kids. They don’t complain. They do the best they can to encourage their children.

1 Timothy 6:18-19 

I command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.


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