Children of Courage and Compassion

Saturday, June 22

6-22By Sherri Kirkpatrick of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, USA

The earth is full, and there is enough and to spare; yea, I prepared all things, and have given unto the children of the earth to be agents unto themselves.

—Doctrine and Covenants 101:2f, adapted

Children from Escondido, California, want the children in Zambia, a country in Africa, to know they have friends in the United States. The Escondido children drew pictures and words depicting courage and compassion. They also sent photos of themselves. They are eager to develop a continuing connection with the children in Chipulukusu and Kasompe in Zambia.

One person with passion is often the catalyst for moving an entire group. A fourth-grade class in West Des Moines, Iowa, is no exception. Braedon Kirkpatrick made an impassioned plea to his class for the kids in Africa. As a result the class partnered with HealthEd Connect on a character-development project. One class posed for a photo while holding the posters made for children of the schools in Kasompe and Chipulukusu, showing in pictures and words the characteristics of respect and responsibility.

The children learned about the kids in Africa through a class presentation by Braedon. The pictures accompanied the HealthEd Connect team and were presented to the children in the Zambian schools. Pictures will be taken of the children in Zambia and sent back to the fourth-grade classes in West Des Moines. Friendship, caring, and new awareness now stretches around the world. What fun!

Kendra, Maya, and Georgia Seagraves from California were so touched by the needs of the children in Zambia that they decided to make their connection a long-term project. They put a jar on the kitchen table where they placed donated money they earned or were given, and they graciously accepted other donations from family. When Kendra received US$10 in a birthday card, she immediately ran to the jar and donated the entire amount. They have donated enough to provide 1,500 school lunches! What an awesome response by awesome kids.

Prayer for Peace
God of all nations, help us send our compassion around the world. May we learn from the generous response of the children, how to share your peace.

Spiritual Practice: Honoring the Worth of All Persons
Sense the intimate knowledge God has of you and every child. Be aware of the sacred worth of each person. Weep with God over the soul-wounding forces and events that rob people of dignity and worth. How are you invited to notice, protect, heal, and affirm the spiritual identity of all God’s beloved people today? Pray for God’s compassion.

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will make generous choices for what matters most.

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