How much is a life worth, anyway?
The cost of two grande caramel macchiatos? The cost of one large pizza? The cost of a happy meal?
There are times when I have thought, “I wish I could give more, but what I have to give is so little. It wouldn’t even make a dent in the enormous needs I see all around me.” And so, I do nothing because my little seems like it wouldn’t even matter.
I know I’m not alone in thinking this. We hear all the time from people and churches who genuinely wish they could do more for missions, but feel they cannot afford it. Their little bit just doesn’t seem like it would go far enough.
These thoughts inspired me to do a little research on just how far a “little bit” could go. How much good could really come from little things? Could these little things, when added all together, do big things?
With the help of some friends and family, here’s what I’ve found.
Did you know that if my husband and I were to go on a nice date to a restaurant, skip the appetizer, and order water instead of fountain drinks, we will have saved enough money to purchase an entire day’s worth of nutritious food for four Honduran orphans?
Did you know that if the average American were to cut their cable bill in half by paying only for internet and a subscription to something like Netflix, they would save enough money in just one month to rid at least five Honduran children of parasites?
Did you know that if you kept your cable, but skipped Netflix or HuluPlus for one month, you could supply a malnourished child with a month’s worth of multi-vitamins?
Did you know that for the cost of the average American’s monthly car payment, you could give 150 people clean drinking water for several years?
Did you know that, depending on the size of the church, if one family every week volunteered to clean the church instead of the church having to pay for a cleaning service, that church could use the savings to take on new missionaries?
Did you know that the average cost of a Disney vacation could pay for your entire family to visit another country, get stamps on their passports, support missionaries, pass out Bibles to people who are literally begging for them, and not only make memories that will last a lifetime but reap rewards that will last for eternity?
I hope you all know me well enough to know that I do not think there is anything wrong with any of the items or activities I’ve mentioned above! My intent is not to make anyone feel guilty for stopping at Starbucks. I stopped there today, as a matter of fact. If you’re planning a dream vacation to Disney, by all means, go and have a blast! I think Disney World sounds like fun! That is not my point. This post isn’t intended to make anyone who has been financially blessed to feel bad–especially since I know so many people who are incredible givers. I would never in a million years begin to tell people where and how they should spend the money God has given them. Please know that!
This post is intended for those who genuinely care and want to give, but have felt like it isn’t possible for them to do so, or maybe wish they could do just a little bit more; something to get the imagination working a little bit; to inspire someone to think outside of the box a little bit. With all of this in mind, I’d like to introduce our next project!
Mission: 40 Little Things
For the next 40 weeks, once a week, I will intentionally do without something to invest the savings in the lives of children in Honduras, specifically at Hogar de Amor. If I feel like I can’t afford it one week, I will do without something small and use the savings towards the project. For example, I could skip one little coffee run to Dunkin’ Donuts and use the savings to purchase a pack of toothbrushes or 3 packs of birthday balloons from the dollar store.
Would you like to join this Mission with me? Here are a few ideas!
Put one less gallon of gas in your car per week.
Rent a movie from the library instead of RedBox.
Buy one generic brand of cereal.
Have beans and rice for supper once a week.
Put the kids to bed early and fix a fancy meal at home for a date night, instead of going to a fancy restaurant.
Skip that latest awesome app for your phone.
Wash your own car.
Cut out soda.
Lower or raise your thermostat by two degrees.
Hang your clothes to dry once a week, instead of using the dryer.
Use your imagination! 🙂
This mission will be focused on 3 categories: Celebrate, Grow, and Learn.
Items we will be collecting for the Celebrate category include any items that have to do with birthdays, Christmas, or Valentine’s Day. These could be cupcake liners, candles, treat bags, bakeware, jars of sprinkles, balloons, tablecloths, Christmas and holiday decor, wrapping paper, gift bags, party plates, Spanish cards, small gifts, etc.
Items we will be collecting for the Grow category will include toothbrushes, toothpaste, children’s vitamins, first aid supplies, soap, sanitary and hygiene items, sheets, towels, pillowcases, combs, brushes, water filtration systems, etc.
Items for the Learn Category will include pencils, pens, glue sticks, notebook paper, binders, crayons, construction paper, Bible story visuals, stickers, Spanish children’s books, etc.
I have created three Amazon wish lists for each category. You do not need to purchase items from Amazon (unless you’d like to), I have simply made these lists as to give you some visual inspiration! You can reach the lists by clicking on each highlighted category in the previous paragraphs.
We will not be shipping any of these items until we ship our personal container to Honduras for our big move. In other words, everything that we collect from this project will be going to Honduras with us at the end of the year! For shipping information, please contact me.
Most of these items listed are little things that don’t cost much. But, if you’ve been around my blog for awhile, you know that I am a big believer in little things.
If you would like to join this mission, please let me know! Comment on here or post on the Coffee With Sprinkles facebook page.
I can’t wait to look back after 40 weeks and see how much of an impact has been made by little things.
Note: If you would like to support Hogar de Amor immediately or more directly, please visit their website at centralamericanmissions.com