First, for our quotes of the week.
Scott: “Who do you want your patron saint to be, John Paul?”
JP: “Peyton Manning!”
“Slow down, Tex.”
Clare, to John Paul as he zoomed off to school and left us in the dust.
VOTE for Luke! Still in 17th place. Come on y’all!
Our last full day at Camp Kappe’s School of Environmental Education tied it all together. Remember the disclaimer from Monday? It’s in full effect now. First, the students were shown habitats of how children live in five other countries: Africa, Appalachia, Thailand, Guatemala and the Barrios (not a real country, but indicative of the homeless population throughout the world). It was eye opening, especially when they realized that four of those places the world considers “middle class.” It makes those hardword floors, five tv’s and big backyard you have in your home quite the luxury. Perspective is a funny thing. Our students were given a taste of what the world is really like. How children really live. How blessed we really are. This sign made it real. We were speaking about if the world’s population was made up of 100 people, how many would live in cities or are illiterate (50), speak English (11), have a college education (1) and the whammy…are malnourished (50). Take a look at that last line.
Need to read it again? We have an obligation as a country, as a people, to help our fellow brothers and sisters at home and abroad. One of our kids asked, “Why didn’t God give them the same resources He gave us?” Sr. replied, “God doesn’t give equally, but He does ask us to remember our purpose in life, know God, love God, serve God. Perhaps it’s because he wants us to use our technology and our financial resources to help other people and to be more grateful for what we do have.” We then talked about wants vs. needs. The group returned to the main campsite and were assigned to groups. They were each given supplies and the fun began. Rather than spill all the beans, I’ll tell you this. The kids, without our help, had to figure out how to share and work together for a common goal. The results, whether successful or not, drove home the most important lesson of the week. Be a compassionate and loving steward of the land and resources that God makes available to us.
It was a phenomenal life lesson, one I’m sure our students will come to fully appreciate as they grow and mature. The seed was planted mightily during this activity. God is good, all the time.