North Aurora Adventist Elementary students raise funds for missions
by Teresa Smith, principal and teacher, North Aurora Elementary
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|Six students at North Aurora Adventist Elementary school raised $2,860 for the Restore a Child mission project.
Illinois — At the Association of Seventh-day Adventist Administrators (ASDASA) meetings in Dallas, Texas, Feb. 15–18, Larry Blackmer, vice president for education for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America, took a step of faith and gave everyone at the convention a Restore a Child* cap. Blackmer shared with administrators that for just $15, they could feed one child in Chad, Africa, for four months. It's hard to imagine that when one easily can spend $15 for a meal at a restaurant in America, the same amount will keep a child from feeling the agonizing pains of hunger for four whole months in Chad.
This challenge was the spark that ignited a fire in North Aurora Adventist Elementary. During the last couple of months, students in grades 5–8 had been learning about Africa. Through study of its history, following current events like the Ebola outbreak, studying Matthew 25:34–40, and reading two mission stories set in Africa, the students expressed their desire to take on a mission project for people in Africa.
After learning about the plight of children in Chad, the students decided to raise enough money to feed 100 children for four months. This project seemed almost too challenging for six students. With prayer, the students formulated a plan — they would walk for hunger. For the next month, the students kept track of the distance they walked every day, and asked people to help them alleviate hunger by sponsoring each mile they walked.
God always has a master plan. The North Aurora Seventh-day Adventist Church had designated the month of March as a time for world mission emphasis. This seemed like the perfect time for this special project.
At the end of the project, the students were ecstatic to learn that through the work of the Holy Spirit and their generous church family, they had raised $2,860 for the Restore a Child mission project. Having more than enough to feed 100 children in Chad, they then had to decide the best way to use the surplus. There was a party-like atmosphere as the students looked through the Restore a Child catalog and started brainstorming about which projects they wanted to sponsor.
After prayer and with much enjoyment, the students chose to use the remaining $1,360 for the following projects: 1) build a greenhouse for agriculture in Bolivia: $390; 2) buy six chickens for eggs in Indonesia: $120; 3) buy two fruit trees in Indonesia: $120; 4) treat five sick children in Chad: $100; 5) perform two major surgeries in Chad: $160; 6) pay for a year of tuition for six children, grades 1–6, in Chad: $90; 7) pay for a year of tuition for six children, grades 7-10, in Chad: $240; 8) purchase school supplies for six children in Chad: $60; and 9) buy two goats for milk in Chad: $80.
The righteous will ask, Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? ... The King will answer and say, "Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me"
(Matthew 25:37, 40 NKJV).
*Restore a Child aims to "provide the basic needs for protection, nutrition, education and healthcare of orphans and under-privileged children so they may become fulfilled and productive adults." See http://www.restoreachild.org.
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