Feature story by Neal Pollard (adapted)
(BNc)- A few years ago in Richmond, Va., a small group of homeschooled children whose families were members of the Lord’s church got together for a service project to raise money to buy hearing aids for deaf orphans in Zhitomir, a city in western Ukraine.
They set out with the ambitious goal of providing each of the 381 orphans with a hearing aid. The kids’ big fundraiser was a yard sale, in which they raised $3,000.
That’s a lot of money, especially to a young person. That would buy hearing aids for about sixty children, less than one-sixth of the orphans.
Several weeks later, a Christian in that area heard about the kids’ faith and hard work. He donated the additional $19,000 needed to give each orphan a hearing aid.
A few days after his generosity, the Starkey Hearing Aid Company was so touched by this man’s generosity and the faith-filled efforts of those children that they matched the $22,000 and donated another hearing aid so that each orphan at Zhitomir received a pair of hearing aids.
Since some of the children were turned over to the orphanage because they couldn’t communicate with their families, through training many of them were able to be reunited with them.
It started little. It grew into much. As prayer and faith were vital parts of this story, certainly God was in it.
An older songbook has a song by this title of this article. Some of the lyrics read,
In the harvest field now ripened,
There’s a work for all to do;
Hark! The voice of God is calling
To the harvest, calling you.
Does the place you’re called to labor
Seem so small and little known?
It is great if God is in it,
And He’ll not forget His own.
Little is much when God is in it,
Labor not for wealth or fame.
There’s a crown and you can win it,
If you’ll go in Jesus’ name.
What have we allowed the Lord to do through our lives to His glory? I want you to reflect on your life. Are you doing only what you can do or are you doing all you can do through Christ who strengthens you? I wonder how much we are not accomplishing because we have not factored in God’s ability to do.
As we think about how God can make big things happen with our little things, remember these little children’s little things that a great God made much!
Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and five grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us