There's a little fourth grader on the other side of the world who has no idea he is something special to us.
A few months back, we had a family home evening lesson about changing our world. The best way to change our immediate outlook being, to try to help change someone else's on any level. Personal relationships, community needs or worldwide.
Among other things, we decided to invest in the organization of a friend by sponsoring a child from her group Mothers Without Borders located in Zambia, Africa.
She and her team build schools for needy families, provide education and teach much needed employment livelihoods.
We wanted the kids to be invested so we left it up to them to make donations from their little allowances for completing a few tasks each week to help fund our little boy, Boniface, in his educational needs. $30.00 a month between so many of us didn't really seem unreasonable. Plus, loose change from the floor or couch sometimes just finds its way in there ;)
We never, ever in a million years expected to get a personalized envelope from him with a letter in his handwriting of some favorite things, complete with drawn pictures.
And I could have hugged that little boy all the way from here, for the feeling of contented camaraderie over something good that his letter brought to my children one exciting afternoon last week on it's arrival.
One day, I hope we get to go there. I'd like to tell him thank you for lifting our spirits and giving us more than we could ever give.
If you'd like to make a difference in your own world by reaching out to another, or even just see all the great things being done ... their button is "close to my heart" over on the sidebar.