Advancing the Kingdom: Promise Land Style!

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At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

Oftentimes we can learn a lot about the Kingdom of God from children. Some of the children in Promise Land at Westville Baptist Church have decided to show the love of Christ to their neighbours in a very practical way.

It all started with learning about helping the poor. As the children learned more about the needs of those around them, they decided to act. With the help of their group leader Wayne, the Grade 1-3 children in Promise Land made a plan to raise R500 by Christmas to donate towards CAST food parcels.

As Wayne explained, “They bring offering every week, but they are not sure where it goes to.”

The goal of this project was to encourage the children to bring offering for a practical cause they learned about in Promise Land – helping the poor in our community.

CAST food parcels cost R140, and contain enough food to feed a family of four for two weeks.

As the children brought in their weekly offering money to Promise Land, they tracked their progress towards R500 on a chart.

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One child brought his entire allowance for the first term, a total of R150, to give entirely towards food parcels!

Recently, these children reached their goal of R500. Meeting their goal earlier than expected has encouraged the children to continue to give towards food parcels.

Jesus rightly said, “Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

So often we make excuses for not giving towards the needs in our community. What a great challenge from the Promise Land children to use what we have to advance the Kingdom of God!

If you would like show the love of Christ to a local family in need through a food parcel, please contact Amy Benn at amy@cast.org.za or 031 267 1716 to find out more about the Snowflake Drive. Let’s follow the humble example of WBC’s children in Promise Land and give with a cheerful heart!

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