“The smallest act of giving makes you a true apprentice” – Matthew 10:42
Have you ever started a project and realized you didn’t have all the supplies needed to complete it? Have you felt the financial strain for resources? Are you looking for a way to help children locally?
Bridgehaven has a legacy of compassion, love, and support through ministry and acts focused on meeting families’ needs. Last year Bridgehaven was able to help 100 kids receive supplies for school. What an amazing way to inspire and model generosity for the younger generation.
As ambassadors of Christ, we are able to demonstrate unconditional love, planting seeds of hope and education for local children, through Bridgehaven’s Back to School Supply Drive.
Imagine the students you are helping, offering hope and resources that will aid in launching them into their destiny!
When I think about the privilege of teaching the younger generation by modeling the gift of giving, a few examples stand out from the Word of God. These Scriptures demonstrate the profound depth of God’s love, gift of giving and adoration for His little children.
“We are intimately linked in this harvest work…This is a large work I’ve called you into, but don’t be overwhelmed by it. It’s best to start small. Give a cool cup of water to someone who is thirsty, for instance. The smallest act of giving or receiving makes you a true apprentice. You won’t lose out on a thing.” Matthew 10:42 (MSG)
“Then, gathering the children up in His arms, He laid His hands of blessing on them.” – Mark 10:14 (MSG)
We can be an extension of Jesus’ arm by gathering provisions and blessing our local children in their education. One donation can go farther and mean more then we may think.
In Matthew 2:1-12, we learn about the wise men bringing gifts to Jesus. The gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh were not only for Jesus but were also a blessing for his parents; perhaps it helped fund their journey to Egypt.
“On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.” Matthew 2:11
We can be “present-day wise men” who present gifts to a younger generation to help them focus on their education. These gifts aid in diminishing financial burdens.
The financial burden for parents can be stressful. Last year, TODAY NEWS reported that the average American family spent $100 per child on back to school supplies, “And school supplies are just part of the back-to-school tab. Add in clothing, shoes and electronics, and the average cost of sending a child back to class this year is $669.”
If you feel the call to aid in donating school supplies for local children, please bring donations into Bridgehaven by Friday, August 7, 2015 (701 Center Point Road NE).
We will need the following items: Loose leaf paper, Notebooks (wide and college ruled), 1 in. binders, Folders, Markers, Crayons, Colored pencils, Pens (red, black, blue), Highlighters, Erasers, Notecards, Glue, Glue sticks, Rulers, Protractors, Tissues, Hand Sanitizer, Clorox Wipes, Backpacks (all ages for boys and girls).
Many blessings to our families and students beginning to prepare and think about the 2015-2016 school year. May this year be a year of educational advancements and opportunity for all!
Director of Client Support