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A Noteworthy Challenge-Helping Others

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For the last few years, trendy "challenges" have come and gone. From the Mannequin Challenge in 2017 to the Yoga Challenge today to the timeless Don't Laugh Challenge which never gets old, there's a challenge for anyone looking for something fun to do. But can there be a challenge that is about more than just having fun? Can there be one that focuses more on doing something for others than bringing attention to oneself? PCA 2nd grader, Ella Bursich, has the answer.

Although this "challenge" may not be original, it is being brought to life in a way that glorifies the Lord through serving others. While Christmas shopping in downtown Charleston, Ella and her family noticed a man outside of the restaurant they were exiting. He approached them and asked for food so the Bursich family met his request by buying him dinner and a gift card for breakfast the next morning. But the interaction didn't stop there...Ella took time to pray with the gentleman as her parents stood with her!

This was just the beginning. Ella now has the desire to help each hungry, homeless person she sees. To tackle this goal, Ella and her mom, Courtney, keep gallon-sized bags filled with healthy snacks, toiletry items, and $5 in the car to have ready to go at a moment's notice. Now, whenever the family comes across someone who's hungry and homeless, they can show that person a glimpse of Jesus by gifting them a gallon goody bag. Are you ready to join Ella in spreading the love of Jesus?

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Spreading the Love of Jesus

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Approaching the Christmas season with the expectation of giving rather than receiving sets one up to better understand what God desires of His children. Mrs. Welch's 2nd graders are on their way to grasping that concept as they worked diligently creating handmade Christmas ornaments, then helped Mrs. Cass with decorating the Operation Christmas Child tree in the Welcome Center.

Operation Christmas Child is a Samaritan's Purse project that collects "shoe boxes" filled with goodies to distribute to children all over the world. I asked some of the students about decorating the tree and what it meant to give to others...

Asher Walters: "We made stars with Christmas song words on them. I want people to know the importance of giving."

Elizabeth Craft: "At church, we prayed for Fanny who lives in Honduras and needs love for Christmas."

Gracie Czerwinski: "I like kids to get excited for Christmas!"

Ella Dimitrious (after she made sure I spelled her last name correctly, lol): "I want kids to be happy, peaceful and to know comfort."

My favorite response came from the entire class when they said that they want everyone to know the love of God. Praise the Lord!


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