City Kids Thanksgiving Project

City Kids Thanksgiving Project

by City Church

By Sarah Lee

I am a professional carpool mom.  I like to refer to my car as “my office,” and it is often filled with kids and animal crackers.  I usually see my office as nothing more than a simple mode of transportation. While driving, my main task is to field questions—usually too many to count and most of which I have no idea how to answer.  My oldest daughter is the queen of questions:

“What is that kind of truck called?”

“How tall is that building?”

"The sign that man is holding, what does it say?”

“He looks hungry; is he hungry?”

“Where does he sleep?  What do you mean he does not have a house?”

Some questions get even harder to answer.

“Why can't we just invite him to stay at our house?”

“Why won't you give him money for food?”

“Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’”  Matthew 25:45

After a season of enduring constant conviction at the hands of my curious question queen, I started exploring different ways that I could handle this recurring topic in the car.  I did not feel comfortable handing out money because, other than making me feel better about myself for a few fleeting moments, I am not sure it accomplishes much of anything.  Cue my curious daughter again, though, “Mom, if he’s hungry, we should give him some food.”

BRILLIANT.

How humbling parenthood can be.  That weekend, our family went to Target—aka “the Mothership”—and the kids picked out some substantive snacks, a variety of simple toiletry items and a few first aid kits.  At home, we made an assembly line of the items and packed brown bags for my husband, Bryant, and me to keep in our cars. 

So, now, rather than our car just being a mode of transportation, the kids began to look for opportunities to help people that we passed on the street.  Also, my family has experienced this act of service together, and we have even had the opportunity to pass out these bags as we come and go from City Church. 

So please join us on November 13 before the Worship Service as we do this as a church family. With this little act of service, it is my hope that that the people in need in Houston will come to know that City Church is a place to come to be fed—in more ways than one. Click here to read more about the event.

“And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’” Matthew 25:40