The collection deadline for Samaritan’s Purse missional shoe boxes is fast approaching! Our church collected the last of our donated boxes on Sunday. My kids were SO excited to send ours on its way, and rightly so, because they played a big part in providing the funding to make it possible.
A few months back, I mentioned that we wanted to come up with funds for supporting missions. We set a goal to reach by the end of the year, and the kids caught the vision that they could be God’s hands by helping send the gospel into the world, literally. Excited, they went through their rooms looking for spare change. They found a lot, actually. I think they probably dipped into their hard earned spending money. They caught the “giving bug”.
We joke that our 9 year old is a money magnet. She loves going to town with me, and no wonder since she always comes home with change in her pocket. It helps that she is very observant, but this kids finds money everywhere! She began the habit of tucking it into my hand and telling me, “Here, you can put this in our missions money.”
I offered that maybe she should keep every other coin, and give every other coin (cuz honestly, some days she comes home with more than a dollar), but she wouldn’t be deterred. She set such a good example that we all decided to do as she is doing. When we find coins in town, we bring them home and add them to the mission fund. 🙂 Bring on all those nice Aldi shoppers who give away their carts when leaving the store! They have no idea the good that they are doing!
Nearly all the contents of our Samaritan Purse shoe box was paid for with lost change. We’re pretty excited, because we’re re-starting our mission fund now for next year, and I can’t wait to see how much we’ll be able to do. I’m positive that we find far more change than we used to find, whether because we’re more aware of our surroundings (ulterior motives) or God is blessing our plans. Probably both. 😉
I paid for our shoe box label/shipping donation online. You can learn more about it at this address. When you pay for shipping online they track your shoe box so you know to which country it has gone, and that knowledge is going to be such joy for my crew. It will keep them motivated to want to do this again!
One thing I will do differently from now on is that I will more intentional when shopping this coming year: I will notice bargain items that are appropriate to put in these shoe boxes. I will buy school type supplies ahead of time, when they are on sale in August/September. EVERYONE was buying shoe box stuffers in November, and I ended up paying more for items like colored pencils and a pencil sharpener because the “deal items” were completely gone, even at the Dollar Store! I did find a Ty Beanie Baby at the thrift store for 50 CENTS that was like new, tag and all. Kinda the frosting on the cake!
Anyway, the purpose of sharing all this is not to show off, but hopefully to inspire you that it’s possible to give more… pray how God would have you do it. Maybe it’s:
- Buying less Starbucks
- Buying a more affordable cell phone so the monthly bill is less
- Contributing funds you save when couponing
- Raising money with a garage sale
- Have a bake sale! One of the families we know sells cookies, pies, and other delectables to raise money for missions–their friends are very generous when they know where it’s going!
- Or, perhaps you’re just a money magnet too, LOL.
Do you have ideas? How does your family set aside funds for missions? Please share them with me so all our mission funds can benefit from your creativity!