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Setting an Example

November 28, 2017
By Lauri Bradt

Our elementary students were excited to have the opportunity this month to help individuals who had been affected by the hurricanes. Their eagerness to help reminds me of 1 Timothy 4:12, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” Some may say they are too young to help, but they are setting an example for us all in their willingness to do what they can to make a difference.

We recently shared in chapel about the parable of the Good Samaritan. When we see others in need we don’t want to just walk by, we want to go out of our way to help them. How are we helping? We are hosting a used book swap. Students participated by donating used books, and then found ways to earn money to buy each other's books. All of the books were sold for $1 each and the money made was donated to Samaritan’s Purse to purchase things like solar lights, tarps, and water buckets for those in need.  

To raise money to purchase the used books children were encouraged to rake leaves or offer to do extra chores around the house. One family even decided to re-pot some plants and sell them as a way to raise money to donate to this important cause. If you see an ICS elementary student, commend them for what they are doing to help others in need, and then follow their example!