We just finished our VBS and once again, had a blast! We did Group's "Avalanche Ranch" and Greg was "Cowboy Cody" (a character we made up). The kids love watching him be goofy and do tricks.
One of the craft projects was to stuff two bears (for each child). One bear was for them to take home and one bear will be sent to an orphan in Africa. The idea is for the U.S. child to remember to pray for the African child everytime they see their bear. This will be handled through Group Publishing and Compassion International. I think it's a great way for the kids to get a picture of the world around them.
The other day, while taking Carter to the eye doctor, he asked about the bears. I told him that one of the bears he "made" would be sent to a child in Africa. He inquired, "Because they don't have a family?" I told him that was true. Then he asked why they didn't have a family. I explained that a lot of people in Africa get sick and then they die. He asked if kids got sick and died too. "Yes, sometimes," I replied. He said, "I wish I could go to Africa." I asked him why he wanted to go to Africa and then what he said just melted my heart. "Then we could be their family." I told him that I thought it was a very sweet idea and that I wished we could do that too. Then he began to plan...asking who could live in our house when we left and who would drive our van.
Isn't that sweet? I hope he never loses that heart for kids!