A couple weeks ago a missionary from the Dominican Republic visited my kids at school and talked about some of the work she is doing there. Her name is Jamielynn Tinkey.
I have never meat Jamielynn. But she had quite the impact on my kids. All three came home from school and wanted to have a lemonade stand to raise money to send to her and support her work. Since it is October and our street isn’t that busy, we settled on hosting a coffee hour at Church and sending her the money raised.
So they got to work. The colored signs and collected her prayer cards so they could tell others about who their money would be supporting.
Today was the day. They packed their signs and arrived at Church, eager to set things up.
It was so much fun to watch this come together because, apart from getting the donuts and making the coffee, this was all the boys. They picked someone they saw spreading the love of Jesus and wanted to help.
There is something really special about serving along side your family and watching it make sense to your kiddos. Today was such a blessing to be able to participate in for our family. I can’t wait to sit down with the boys and figure out our next project!
Thank you to Jamielynn and all our missionaries who spend tireless hours and energy in the field spreading the love of Jesus with those around the world. If you’d like to help too, here is a link to Jamielynn’s webpage.
This past weekend I had the pleasure of spending time with hundreds of my LWML Iowa East District Sisters in Christ at our biennial convention. This is an organization that has been near and dear to my heart for a number of years now. Not only has it gifted me with numerous friendships, but also the opportunity to combine my monetary gifts with those of Lutheran women from around Eastern Iowa to give to missions on a greater scale than any of us could do alone.
It was a refreshing time of fun, fellowship, Bible Study, mission speakers, and more. But I think one of my favorite parts of the weekend came when I came home and unpacked my suitcase. LWML Past President, Janice Wendorf was our keynote convention speaker. One of the themes of her speech was how our Mites (mission offerings) connect us. Connect us to each other, to those our mites support, and also those who God has put in place to help reach those in need. She gave each of us a mite box and challenged us to start the conversation with someone in our life.
My Mite Box didn’t make it very far. My seven year old son, Noah pulled it out of my suitcase. I asked if he wanted a Mite Box of his own (he knows we usually just put change in the one on the kitchen counter). Excitedly he said yes.
Then we continued the conversation.
Me: “Noah, do you remember what Mites are and who they are for?”
Noah: “Yes, it is money for Jesus’ missionaries.”
Me: “Where are you going this week?”
Me: “Did you know that your camp is one of the missions that these mites support?”
This was exciting for a seven year old. A personal connection. Missionaries were not just unknown people in a far off land. They were real people that went canoeing with him, helped him catch frogs, and taught him about Jesus at Camp that very week.
Noah: “So I can put money in this box and it helps my camp?”
Me: “Yes! And so many others.”
This warmed my heart. To be able to pass along a way for my child to help serve others in his everyday life. I am thankful for a weekend with my LWML sisters that lead to me being able to have moments like this that will continue long after I return home.