I LOVE this story!!!
Teens are so capable of doing BIG things, HARD things! We have got to change the way we parent; we have got to teach our children that it is all about giving of themselves, and that starts at a very young age.
Perhaps we should reconsider what clubs to belong to, what teams to plan on and what instruments to learn and search out ways to give, ways to roll up our sleeves and serve!?!!!
(Hampton, Va.)—A Chesapeake, Va., teen’s decision one-and-a-half years ago to forsake a traditional “sweet 16″ birthday party enabled her to fully fund the construction of a $30,000 church-orphanage in Kenya, providing much needed food, shelter, clothing and education for approximately 50 orphans in that country. Instead of presents, Megan MacDonald, requested party guests donate to the construction project which was overseen by Hampton, Va.,-based International Cooperating Ministries (ICM). MacDonald and her parents visited the facility in January for the dedication.
MacDonald said she was deeply moved when she visited the African church-orphanage. “When we drove up to the church, I was blown away by the size, and all the time and effort put into it. It was evident that people really put their heart and soul into this project. And when I saw the orphans, my heart just broke. It was difficult not to cry and not want to take all of them back.”
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