Today’s blog article is written by eleven-year-old Harper Murray. Harper serves is an important member of the Murray Missionary Family. Kyle and Cassie Murray, along with their four children Harper, Calvary, Jack and Finley, have worked as ROOM Missionaries in Costa Rica and Honduras. Cassie Murray is our ROOM Honduras Country Director. Harper strongly believes kids have the power to make a big difference in their world; and lives her life as an example of this. The call to action Harper shares with us today is strong and bold, just like her.
August Pullman, the main character in the novel Wonder by R.J. Palacio, is entering the 5th grade. In August’s class, his teacher, Mr. Browne, gives a precept, or a rule to live by every month for the students to consider. One month his precept is, “What is beautiful is good, who is good will soon be beautiful.” Reading this book made me stop and think about what this expression could mean in my own life.
To me, this precept means people who show kindness through hard times will be recognized by the beauty of their hearts throughout their lives. Kindness is a simple gesture, like a smile. It is so appreciated by the receiver. To be kind to an extreme level is amazing! People who witness these acts of kindness will be amazed at the courage and strength of the person acting kind. That courage and strength then build beauty.
The way I can live this precept out in my life is by making sure new kids feel welcomed and liked. After moving around quite a bit, I know how hard it can be to be the new kid. I can take the extra step beyond normal to share kindness. Kindness is like a seed planted where it is left. I believe this precept helps a person stop and think about being kind. It reminds me of a verse in the Bible that says, “A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so also you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:34-35).
Everywhere I look I see people looking for ways to be beautiful. But those ways only deal with the surface. I think the truest challenge is to stop looking in the mirror to make me beautiful and instead look at the goodness I can bring to others around me. At the end of the day your legacy is all you leave behind . When I die, I hope my legacy is a good one for people to remember me. Kindness brings true beauty, not makeup or clothes. We all have the power to choose our legacy.
The Sugar Project is my way to bring goodness, or the love of God, to the world around me. There are so many ways that kids can change the world. In fact, a children’s home I love and visited this summer in Honduras, ProNino, caught on fire this week. I want to challenge kids who are connected with ROOM to help this home get back on its feet after a fire. After their kitchen burned down, this home literally needs sugar, as well as every other grocery item necessary to feed lots of kids. What better way for the Sugar Project to work then to actually bring food to people in need!
Here’s how you can help ProNino:
1. Get an empty Tupperware or food storage container.
~this container will help to remind you and the people you reach out to that the money given will help meet urgent critical needs for children living in orphanages.
2. Ask your friends, neighbors, classmates, teammates, etc. for their spare change.
~ we often have far more than we need and giving our spare change reminds us that we always have more than we need.
3. Email my mom, Cassie Murray, and she can pick up the containers (if you live near the Charlotte, NC area) or she can help you figure out the easiest way to get the change counted and the funds sent to ROOM.
4. Mail a check to Reach Out Orphanage Ministries with Sugar Project in the memo line or donate online
You have until the end of September to get your donations in! Remember, all the money goes to help the kids of Pronino recover from the losses of the fire.
For more information on how Reach Out Orphanage Ministries empowers children and communities by sharing the love of Christ through abandonment prevention, orphanage support and family placement solutions, please visit ROOM’s Website