On Saturday night, I had the extreme privilege of representing Sweet Sleep at First Baptist Church, Tracy City, TN. They were hosting a VBS training for their workers, and I was invited to come because they have chosen Sweet Sleep to be the recipient of their missions offering this year. In fact, they plan to collect this offering all summer long, not just during the week of VBS!
It was sheer joy to be with these gracious folks. The food was amazing! I’m really hoping to get an invitation back to family night in June if there’s any chance of more of this…
Although now that everyone knows what they missed, I might have to fight for my spot!
Food aside, though, it was truly a wonderful evening. Having the opportunity to talk with folks who are looking for ways to get their church and their kids excited about raising money for orphans was such a treat. Their plan is to bring in a bed and cover it with a mosquito net to leave on display to help raise awareness throughout the summer. I am going to get them information about the brand new Nickels for Nets
program that will be a really fun way for the kids to keep their offering coming in. Please let Jon know at firstname.lastname@example.org if this is something your church would be interested in as well.
I also had the opportunity to share with them about our Bedhead
program. Do you know that it only takes $30 a month to become an official Sweet Sleep Bedhead? Imagine what God can do with what it costs you to have dinner out one night a month.
He can take kids that are sleeping like this…
…and allow them to feel His embrace in their own bed with their own covers while reading His word in their own language. It’s breath-taking.
You can make this kind of a difference in children’s lives. And the folks in Tracy City are well on their way.
There is something so Christ-like in the imagery of kids helping kids. They really get what it means to love your neighbor. How else do children in Port Au Prince become neighbors with children in Tracy City but through the love of Christ? That love is an amazing and powerful thing. Let’s live it.