Pathfinder Shares Faith and Funds

When I heard about the work of International Children's Care, I decided I wanted to do something to help. I was impressed with how they place broken children in loving and caring families. Instead of putting a large group of children into an orphanage, ICC puts them in a house with a mother and father, and they begin their new life from there.

I thought this would also be a good project to possibly be eligible for the Pathfinder-of-the-Year Award, since one of the new requirements is to do a special Share-Your-Faith project.

So after talking with ICC, I decided to help as much as I could to raise money and sponsor as many children as possible. I wrote letters to family, friends and church members. A bowl-a-thon was held by my church's Pathfinder club and I visited Sabbath School classrooms at my church to talk to them about sponsoring a child.

When all was said and done, I had raised $2,000, sponsored two children and learned ... a lot!

I really enjoyed doing this project. I'm going to do more of these kinds of things in the future. I'm more grateful for what I have than I used to be. I'm glad I could help some of the children that are poor and have way less than I do!

NOTE: As a result of her efforts on this project, Rosa Smith was honored as Pathfinder-of-the-Year by her Meadow Glade (Wash.) Pathfinder Club.

July 01, 2010 / Oregon Conference