Every August, Frances makes me go to Target for back to school shopping. We head to the aisle of school supplies and proceed to find notebooks that are on sale for 25 cents. During the rest of the year such notebooks are more than a dollar but in August, they are cheap. So, we buy about 400 of them along with many boxes of crayons. It takes two trips to the register and two trips to the car to get all the supplies. The supplies aren’t for our kids. They are for our annual Memorial Day Project in which we prepare school kits for children around the globe.
When you have a cart of overflowing notebooks, people notice. Some look at you with suspicion, as if you might be robbing the store. Others look at you with a level of curiosity. Some simply ask you what you’re doing. One woman and her college age daughter asked me, “are you a teacher?” I told them I was a Pastor of a Lutheran church in Gaithersburg and the supplies were going to be donated to kids overseas as part of a project we’d be doing. The daughter said, “cool.” The mom said, “that’s really neat”. We went in separate lines to pay. It took me a while to check out because of the volume. I was talking to the checkout employee when suddenly, the inquisitive woman came up to me and handed me a $10 bill. “I want to be a part of what you’re doing, so please let me help!” I thanked her, she smiled, and we went our separate ways.
The woman’s words have stuck with me— “I want to be a part of what you’re doing, so please let me help!” It was a great witness and a reminder to me that people in our world are hungering to be a part of things that are meaningful. As Christians, that applies to us. We want to bless others. We want to make a difference. We want our faith to have lasting impact on the world. I am very proud of the work we do at Good Shepherd. I’m proud that we have more and more folks who experience our ministry and say with their time, talent, and resources, “I want to be a part of this, so let me help!” So, as we start the fall, take action. Be a part of the wave of generous giving at Good Shepherd. Go to www.goserve.net/give and make a gift today.