One Great Hour of Sharing: Trabuco Children Making a Difference
Photo: Neville family children and a friend from their Lemonade Stand fundraiser for OGHS.
by Leanna Rozean, Director of Family Ministries,
Trabuco Presbyterian Churc
Families and Fish Banks
A few weeks ago, TPC hosted an outdoor family event where we distributed One Great Hour of Sharing fish banks to families. In partnership with our Mission Committee, we explained that contributions over the next month would be used to help families in Syria and Lebanon. Contributions would go toward rebuilding homes that had been damaged by the Beirut explosion, provide food, water, and fuel to those in need, as well as to establish a medical center.
We also took the opportunity to teach families about the work of PC(USA) mission co-workers Scott and Elmarie Parker and how they we are coordinating relief efforts in Lebanon and Syria.
Mustard Seed Hope
A theme of the day was “mustard seed hope,” with the message that God can use whatever we share regardless of how small to make a difference in people’s lives and to God’s glory.
Compassion in Action
The following weekend, I received a picture from the Neville family of three of their children and a neighborhood friend selling lemonade. They said they set up the stand so they could add to their fish banks.
In addition, Jacob Sherlock, the boy pictured in the scout’s uniform, also responded by organizing a garage sale to fill up his fish bank, which he did to overflowing.
We give thanks for these children who are learning about God’s compassion at such an early age and taking action to care for others.
OGHS supports the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Presbyterian Hunger Program, and Self-Development of People. All three programs work in different ways to serve individuals and communities in need.