We received a list of items need by Bridges for Peace, where we served in Israel.
- New baby clothes
- Children’s toys
- Backpacks for kids for school
- School kits (pencils, erasers, crayons, glue stick, scissors, pencil sharpener, etc.)
We gathered as much as we could pack, and we lugged around our extra suitcases for the first several days until we began serving. We combined our bags and packed them on the bus. We rolled them into the building where they would sort, store, and distribute the items, and we started unpacking.
Little by little, those working and serving at Bridges for Peace that day came to see what all the commotion was about. They found an explosion of suitcases as we filled bins.
And they had tears in their eyes.
We started with a list, but what we didn’t know was donations were down because of the change in airline baggage fees.
We didn’t know they had been out of baby clothes for three months.
We didn’t know the baby clothes we had brought were enough for six months.
We didn’t know they had been praying for provision and witnessed God’s answer.
They cried for joy, hugged and thanked us.
We cried, too…partly for joy, and partly because we wish we had known. We wish we had done more.
It was pretty easy to gather items, pack them, and roll them on and off our planes and buses. What we thought was “not much” was an abundance for those in need.
Yes, we could do more, but what we did was…something.
Look around. You are surrounded by needs in your home, church, community, and world. You can’t solve every problem or meet every need, but you can do something. Don’t let “not much” stop you. It might just be more than enough.