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Closer Bonds Through Service

Shiloh and Natasha

What are some of the ways you grow closer to your friends? Do you play together, visit fun places, or watch DVDs? Have you ever tried working together on a project to benefit someone else?

Illinois homeschool student Shiloh D. wrote to The Voice of the Martyrs about her Classical Conversations group’s yard sale to raise money for VOM’s Village Outreach Kits. The kits help Christian workers in countries where Christians are persecuted.

“Working, visiting, and helping each other through this experience has created a closer bond deepening our friendships,” Shiloh said. She told how all the members of the group helped. “AJ offered to let us use his yard, and Tori made arrangements for an accompanying bake sale. The rest of us looked through our things for items [to sell]. Isaac helped move heavy objects. Nellie, Natasha, Tori, [and I] ran the checkout table in addition to making baked goods and sugar scrubs to sell. Nathan and AJ helped advertise. Mellissa placed a Bible on the checkout table with a sticker stating ‘free.’” [A woman later took the Bible, saying that she had lost hers the previous night in a house fire.]

Shiloh added some encouraging thoughts for others who may want to do a similar project. “We are just normal teenagers; there is nothing super special about us….All of us are under 16 and most of us don’t even know for sure what we want to be when we grow up….So, you are never too young, or too shy, or just too normal for God’s use. We are all too weak to do anything on our own, but the God we serve can move mountains. God can also use you to do incredible things if you just allow Him to.”

Village Outreach Kits
In some countries where Christians are persecuted, pastors and teachers do not have the materials they need for teaching others about God, Jesus, and the Bible. Village Outreach Kits include:
Christian tracts
DVD players
Study materials
More resources

Shiloh’s class raised enough money for 12 complete kits for Christian workers. The workers will be able to share the good news with hundreds of people who do not know Jesus!
Parents and Teachers: Watch upcoming VOM magazines for future opportunities to sponsor Village Outreach Kits. You can subscribe to the free magazine here.