Have I got a treat for you today! A while back a dear friend of mine shared this story with our Bible Study and I was blown away by how sweet and honest her response to God was, as well as how amazingly faithful He was to her. Becca is a mom to 3 kids all under the age of 5 and has a home business, Little Sweet Pea, Inc. And best of all, she has a heart full of God’s love and wants to share it with others. Here’s her story:
“I’m too busy.” “I don’t have a talent.” “I need lots of money to help other people.”
To be honest, these are many of the excuses I thought when hearing about the needs of people around the world. But something changed a few months ago. Sitting in a church service, a woman shared a story about her recent mission trip to Kenya and explained the great need of young women. Girls typically miss 6 weeks of school or drop out all together because they do not have access to sanitary pads. Our church was starting to sponsor The Pad Project which supplies young girls and women with reusable sanitary pad kits. Something pulled at my heart but how was I going to help? I had started a small home based sewing business but didn’t believe God would ever use it as it didn’t seem like much.
My mind raced with thoughts but God met each excuse with an opportunity. To love like Dorcas. I was beginning to realize this may be something I can do.
Excuse #1: ‘I don’t have extra time with our busy schedule’.
The woman at church organized a three hour workshop at a local quilting shop to make and put the kits together. While I really wanted to help, spending 3 hours at a workshop would not be an easy feat with three small children, including a nursing baby. But, I could ask about making some portion of the kits at home. Turns out they needed help cutting fabric and it was a task I could easily do at home. I could cut fabric and stop when one of the children needed something. I did most of the cutting in the evening in between my own sewing projects.
Excuse #2: ‘I don’t have a talent’.
I don’t consider it a talent or a gift, but I am able to use a sewing machine. And I have cutting tools which makes the cutting much faster. You don’t have to be the world’s best (fill in the blank) to help people in need. There are so many smaller tasks that need to happen in order to accomplish the larger goal. In this case, all I had to do was cut the fabric out of the pattern they sent. It isn’t rocket science but it is helpful.
Excuse #3: ‘I don’t have extra money right now to give’ or ‘I don’t want to just donate money’.
That is the great thing about The Pad Project – they aren’t just asking for money. They need lots of fabric for the kits and received many donations from the people at our church. I cleaned out the house and found lots of baby blankets we no longer needed. I was able to use them to cut many patterns for the kits. I haven’t donated any money to the project but I used items that we no longer needed. You don’t have to be a millionaire to help people and you never know when people will want your “junk.”
In addition to helping the women in Kenya, I was able to share a special experience with my 4 year old son during this process. He was playing next to me as I was cutting fabric one day. He started asking questions about what I was doing. While I didn’t go into specifics, I explained I was doing something to help girls around the world and show them God’s love even though we don’t know them. He commented that the pattern looked like crosses. I found the comment so observant and fitting at the same time.
God meets you wherever you are in life and He provides opportunities to serve. He has made my experience very rewarding with the Pad Project.
I hope Becca’s story is an encouragement to you. There are so many ways to share God’s love and help further His Kingdom. Ask God how you can love like Dorcas in your own life, what you can do for others. Believe me, He’s ready to bless you with an opportunity!