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hearts to give our crayons to the Sunday
school class. Imagine our delight when
a few days later, someone from America
sent us a box and enclosed a brand new
box of crayons! Even as very young
children, we saw how God had blessed
us personally for our small sacrifice.

God had used us to fulfill a need, and in
return, we saw that God takes care of His
workers—even young ones.

Not only did the mission field show us
that God could use us individually but it
also gave us a passion for serving. Seeing
the need firsthand, we got a desire to fulfill
it. The first need that we readily saw was
spiritual. When we started teaching the
children Bible stories, we could see their
hunger for more as they intently listened
to every word. It was fun to watch their
surprise at hearing about a man who
12 lived three days in the belly of a whale
or three men in a fiery furnace who were
not burned. Seeing their amazement
made it exciting to teach them more
about the stories that were familiar
to us. As we got to know the children
better, another need became evident: the
physical. When we would bring snacks
for our Sunday school class, the children
hungrily ate everything we brought and
asked for more. We were saddened to
find out how long it had been since they
had eaten a decent meal. We noticed that
some girls always wore the same dress to
church. That was because it was the only
one they had. One toddler boy would
come to Sunday school wrapped in an
old curtain because he had no clothes.

What fun we had the day we went home
and gathered up some clothes to give
them! How grateful they were! What
joy a few clothes that we could spare
brought them! After seeing the joy and
fulfillment that serving brought, we
desired to do more.

The mission field also enriched us with
a better perspective for life. It taught us
to be friends with people who spoke a
different language, ate different food,
and had different ways of doing things.

We saw that being different is not always
a bad thing. The mission field taught
us how to adapt. We had the benefit
of learning that it was actually fun to
“make do” with what you had or get
along without what you did not have.

Frequent water and electrical shortages
taught us flexibility. One memorable
Thanksgiving, the electricity went out
just as we were putting the turkey into
the oven. Who knew that turkey could
be cooked just as well on a gas stove
top? And did you know mangoes make
a great substitute for apple in apple pie?
For several months we did not have a
washing machine. At first, washing our
clothes by hand seemed too arduous a
task to be enjoyable. Although it never