Last week we had a couple of days where our planned activity actually happened, in one form or another. We had noticed a few simple creations on the doors to their rooms they had made that were getting pretty worn out. We brought construction paper, markers, and stickers – along with some crafty ideas – for potential wall/door art in their rooms. They loved it! They were more engaged in this project than any other, and I was excited for them to add their artwork to their sparse cinder block walls, knowing how proud they were of their creations.
By the end of the day this event had repeated itself in unique fashion between almost all the kids and Geoff and I until we were taking home almost all of the art we had hoped they would be able to treasure. However, it was far more important for them to be able to give us their drawings than it was to keep and cherish it themselves.
The most touching part of their generosity was that they weren't even taking cues from each other. Circumstances allowed us to have good individual time with several as they rotated in between homework and chores with only 1-3 at our table at a time. They didn’t see one give and follow suit – in fact, the first inclination of many was to write our names on their paper. From the moment the activity presented itself they saw it as a gift they could return to us.
Kids are like this. I can't count the number of drawings I have received from precious children around the world. Any of you who have worked with children before have likely been recipients of such treasured artwork as well. More often than not kids enjoy the process of drawing only if inspired by the idea that it is being created for someone else. I believe this is the created nature of God's image in us, before the greed of the world sets in. Our most natural instinct is not to want for ourselves, but for others. Our greatest joy is in sacrificing all we have in love, because that is the heart of JESUS living within us. We are thankful for the lessons GOD teaches in the incredible preservation of HIS Love through children around the world.
Let me just say, I brought one of these blankets with me back to the chilly coast and it is my new favorite thing on earth; soft, and deceivingly warm for its thin, lightweight existence! We will be returning to Otavalo on our way to Quito when we fly out mid-November, so we may even be able to purchase the color of choice for the winner! We will mail and/or hand-deliver (where possible) this gift on our return to the States in time for Christmas. $5 goes a long way here! This is a win, win, win – first for the kids, second for the community crafting/selling the blanket, and third for YOU! We may even throw in a piece of artwork from the children...CLICK HERE to share your financial blessings with these kids, and be entered to win!