Ever heard of the Starfish Story? It goes like this…
An old man was walking on the beach one morning after a storm. In the distance he could see someone moving like a dancer. As he came closer, he saw a young girl picking up starfish and gently throwing them back into the ocean. “Young girl, why are you throwing them into the ocean?” “The sun is up, and the tide is going out, and if I don’t throw them back they will die,” she said. “But young girl, do you not realize that there are many miles of beach and thousands of starfish? You cannot possibly make a difference.” The young girl listened politely, then bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the sea. “It made a difference for that one,” she said.
God has given everyone, big and small the “power to make a difference”. Extended Care (EC) students work to make a difference in our community everyday, but especially on Mission Mondays. Most recently, EC students packed Chemo Kits for children at Children’s Hospital. Packed mostly with love, these kits also included puzzles, small toys, plush toys and coloring books (all items were donated by EC families… thank you for your generosity).
Other Mission Monday projects done over the summer included visiting residents at Beacon Hill, making crosses to share with them, and cleaning up the church grounds. The students are always working on something to share with the community and enjoy making a difference in the lives of others.