A father stood on the stage at his son’s youth group in 2008 and said, “I want to repent to you on behalf of my generation. We have left you a legacy of addiction and self-indulgence that has led to all kinds of evil. Would you forgive us?” As tears began to flow all around the room he continued, “I know you are made for more. I believe it is your destiny to rescue the destinies of children who are abandoned, hungry and hurting all around the world. I want to help you.”
This moment was the beginning of Heartwork. This loving dad challenged the students to give sacrificially, raising funds for orphan homes. He committed to matching their funds. Between a bunch of junior high and high school kids and this loving family’s gift, the group was able to raise $127,000 in just 8 weeks.
This story of incredible faith and action began with eyes to see the deep need of our own students here at home, ears to hear the cries of children living in extreme poverty around the world and the heart to bridge the gap with humility and sacrificial love. Is that not the story of redemption Jesus tells again and again?