Making Change for Kenya
27 January 2013
A high school student wrote to ask, “What was the greatest event in American history?” I can’t say. However, I suspect that like so many “great” events, it was something very simple and very quiet with little or no fanfare (such as someone forgiving someone else for a deep hurt that eventually changed the course of history). The really important “great” things are never center stage of life’s dramas; they’re always “in the wings”
Words of Wisdom from Fred Roger
Simple and quiet. These are certainly not the adjectives I would use to describe the Peperkorn children. Lively, energetic, full of joy. These words are a more apt description of Renata, Isabella, Richard and Beata Peperkorn. And yet, their deep desire to help children in Africa get clean water came from a simple and quiet gesture.
When I returned from my trip to Tanzania and Kenya last summer, I did a presentation of the work being done in Africa. I talked about the great needs of body and soul. I showed photos of daily life in Africa, many of which portrayed the desperate need for clean water. A month later, Renata, Isabella, Richard and Beata Peperkorn came to me with a jar full of coins. They were so moved by the needs of the African people that they decided, “they must do something”. This “something” was a giving of their allowances and other coins, amounting to over $60. I was so taken by this “simple and quiet gesture”, and with the help of the kids and others, we at Holy Cross started a project called, Making Change for Kenya. The idea was simple—grab a jar, throw in your spare change and bring it in. In a matter of 3 ½ months people have given over $650 worth of change. The Sunday school children (and people of all ages) bring their jars –excited to be a part of something connected to the mission in Africa. Clean water, food, medicine, clothing—these are things we have each and everyday. The saints at Holy Cross are moved to share what they have with others in need. It is humbling to say the least.
From this simple project flowed the not-so-simple idea of having a benefit for Kenya. Something that would allow the entire congregation at Holy Cross to be involved in the work going on in Africa. And so, on February 9, 2013 at 6:00 in the evening, Holy Cross will host our first benefit for Kenya. We will begin the evening with a concert. We have amazingly talented musicians here. The concert will be followed by a short presentation on the ongoing work in Kenya, and a silent auction. Appetizers and dessert will be provided. There is no admission charge. Wine will be available for purchase and of course we hope that you will come and support us by perusing (and bidding on) the silent auction items including original artwork, jewelry, fine wine and other surprises. (see previous post for flier)