Two quick stories:
Friday morning 6 out of 7 of the kids had reached their personally set fundraising goals. The seventh was only shy by $45. The cut-off for entering sponsor information was noon. We were all together at our Friday Co-op and an idea was spoken during the morning Latin class...if we worked hard and finished early, the four older kids could have a little time to go door to door to seek sponsors. Yes...let's do it was the unanimous, hearty response. Finishing early, we prayed together at the door and sent the four kids down the road...less than a half hour later, four excited youth returned with 70 more dollars for the PRC. We quickly entered the info online and everyone at the Co-op celebrated over the reality that every one of the kids on the team were able to reach their goals. We had watched them ask just about every person they came into contact with over the past month, and their enthusiasm never waned...down to the final minutes they wanted to do everything they could to raise more funds for the men, women and children that receive compassionate care and truthful information in the name of Jesus at these centers.
Last night, after we returned from our family rejoicing together over a little Chinese food, MJ came into the office carrying a box. "Mom, do you mind if I destroy this box? I have an idea." I answered that I didn't mind and went back to what I was doing. A little later, I went to investigate and found she was making a container to collect her change in which she had decorated with "Steps for Life 2013."