Southern Indiana tornado relief volunteers inspired by children
Adventist Community Services Responds

Volunteers stood around the scene of gargantuan generosity and marveled as they fought tears. How could one not be moved by the innocence of children who give all they have to help another child?

Working in the Jeffersonville, Indiana, disaster warehouse wields a constant reminder of the mounting disaster our world has become. Despite the storms of life, the experience has allowed some, including me, to look in the face of tragedy and see glistening expressions of God's grace.

Several children recently visited the volunteer headquarters. Their expressions held a light of the simplest kind of love. The twinkles in their eyes pulled me in, and I realized that their tiny hands held plastic baggies which contained sundry change and notes they had scribbled with crayon and marker.

After overhearing the news from his family's home about the desperate needs of the victims of the March 2 tornadoes in Indiana, one Indianapolis toddler ran for his piggy bank. He reemerged in the living room with its contents. It was $2.43.

"Mommy," he asked, "can you give this to the kids. I have to do something."

Ziplock bags emerged at the headquarters containing not pocket change, but the altruistic hearts of children. Two four-year-old twin sisters arrived with their $25 Christmas gift cards they had been given. Their notes read, "Hope you get your house fixed."

Volunteers stood around this scene of gargantuan generosity and marveled as they fought tears.

How can one not be moved by the innocence of children who give all they have to help another child?

Jesus says, "Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven," (Matthew 18:3 NIV). Could this be what He was thinking about? The simplistic attitude of giving, as demonstrated by the widow’s mite (Mark 12:41–44), still rings true today — especially in the hearts of children.

After seeing the living testimonies of the pure in heart, more than ever, it is the volunteers' joy to serve the disaster victims — to give them a hope for tomorrow, and point them to our great hope for a heavenly home to come.

Debbie Burns, volunteer and servant of God
Indiana Conference Adventist Community Services and Disaster Response

Gifts for disaster relief may be given through the Adventist Community Services (ACS) website, www.communityservices.org or by calling 1-800-381-7171. Members can also give through their local church by marking Disaster Relief on the tithe envelope.

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