Thursday, April 14, 2011

Special Olympics

This year, our Bible time has been a study of the book of Matthew. For the past few weeks, the small people have been memorizing Matthew 25:34-36, 40.
Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

Yesterday, we had an opportunity to put these verses into practice. Since Robb's company volunteers annually at the Special Olympics, we decided to join them and have a ministry opportunity in which the whole family could participate. 
Our first assignment was to carry the sign for one of the schools and lead them around the track during the opening ceremony.
After the opening ceremony, we were tasked with helping pass out drinks at lunch time. Until then, we had time to play, enjoy our time together, and even hang out with the Chick-Fil-A cow.













There was even a balloon guy out there; at various times, we ended up with a sword, a dog, and a hat.



When it was time to start getting the drinks ready, we all got to work. Soccer Girl helped Robb out in the trailer with getting the drinks organized, while the rest of the small people and I prepped the cups with ice.



While we were putting ice in the cups, we danced with the music - one of the favorites was YMCA. (The Boy was dancing until I pulled out the camera. He really had a good time, but didn't want it caught for posterity.)
On the way home, all of the small people talked about how much fun they had helping at the Special Olympics and about how they want to do this again next year. My small people were able to see how being a blessing to someone else can turn around and bless you even more. They loved seeing how excited the athletes were to get to participate. Even though we played a relatively small part in the day for the athletes, they made a huge impact in the lives of my children. This was definitely a ministry opportunity we want to turn into a tradition.

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