Saturday, May 27, 2006

Kids these days...

When I was 13, I was pretty carefree. In fact, the most pressing concerns on my mind usually involved food- by which I mean food for me, not for starving Africans or anything like that.
For most 13 year old kids, managing their finances means seeing how many CDs/burgers/sugary treats they can buy with their weekly pocket money- so I was somewhat surprised at church this morning when a 13 year old girl by the name of Lizzie got up to share on the topic of financial freedom. Ten minutes later, I understood. This girl had, since the age of 9, been saving her money and collecting funds from her family and friends to send to a missionary organisation called Freeset that takes prostitutes off the streets of Calcutta and employs them in a factory making jute bags. For $300, they can take a girl of the street and set her up with a job.
She spoke so articulately about how God had placed this particular part of Calcutta on her heart and given her the opportunity to make a difference there that you would have thought she was 30, not 13.
It was without a doubt the most inspiring thing I've ever heard in a church.

1 Timothy 4:12:
Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.

7 comments:

michael said...

Scary or what - obviously she is not influenced by my time at ABC.....otherwise she would ave been supporting two organisations....only kidding.

AJ said...

thats cool man

Jim said...

a little birdy told me that our friend mattyckaes built that freeset website

Christina said...

Yeah, it was pretty inspirational, eh. That chick kinda put us old(er) people to shame.

Hey Jim - when you say "a little birdy", do you mean you? :P What with the Indian rumours and all [tries to look completely innocent]

Jim said...

well, I meant a little birdy who likes to flip the birdy... although i must confess, that whilst that birdy was also the origin of rumours relating to half plus seven, and future developments (say in a decades time) that may or may not relate to matt's status...

... I am at least partially responsible for bringing such observations into the office environment... and enjoying reminding Matt of them constantly

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Greg said...

Stan, go away. Noone wants to read your crap. Unfortunately blogspot won't let me delete comments, or your two most recent ones would be gone.