A few weeks back I shared a post from Ann Voscamp about Aleppo with the kids.
We got online and donated all their money to http://www.preemptivelove.org. There's a video on their site that explains a little more of what they do and the kids and I watched it together.
They still wanted to do more.
My Hal wanted to do something a little more tangible. Ann's blog post had a link to another organization that collects kits filled with basic supplies to help meet everyday kind of needs for refugees and other people in need around the world. WE decided on a couple different kits and came up with a supply list. The list felt a little daunting to do on our own so we sent out an email to a few friends. Our goal was 30 kits. And within 24 hours?? We had enough supplies to put together 40 kits! The kids were blown away that people would come alongside them so quickly and willingly.
Today was our packing party.
Everyone brought their supplies.
My Hal gave a short testimony sharing how the Lord has been working in our family's hearts about Aleppo.
We wrote notes and drew pictures in hopes of letting their hearts know that they are far from forgotten.
We spent some time in prayer over the people in Aleppo. It is such a gift to be able to send some much needed supplies, but as we spent time praying, my heart begged the Lord to not only meet their physical needs, but their heart needs. Above all things many of the people in Aleppo need Jesus. He is the only source of true hope and peace in this fallen, broken world.
Today was more than just packing boxes, it was a time to pause and ask the Lord to lavish His extravagant love on the people of Aleppo and on people all around the world who might not yet know the glory of His wild & glorious grace.
Here's a short video of my Hal's heart...
I'm grateful for these opportunities to bless.
But I'm even more grateful for Jesus.
Grateful that Love came down.
Grateful that He laid it all down so that we might have this mind-boggling, glorious hope.