Wednesday, January 1, 2014

much sweeter to give

Huleises watching Luis open his gift
one of the most precious moments during our christmas party with the rhinos was the gift exchange...

about a month ago we received a special donation.  with it, we gave each one of the boys 100 quetzales (roughly $12).  they drew names, and we took them shopping to buy a gift for the name that they had drawn.  (check out this link for more on that)

we did the gift exchange during the christmas party.  it was PRICELESS.

1 - none of these boys had ever received a gift by a friend before.
2 - none of these boys had ever given a gift to a friend before.

no exaggeration.  none of them.

its one thing to receive a gift.  always fun.

but to have never felt the joy of giving a gift to someone?  seeing the look on the other person's face when they open up the item that you specially picked out for them?

that was what made the moment so wonderful.

one at a time, we called up the boys to give their gift to the name that they had drawn.  they had to stand up in front of the rest of the team as their teammate opened it.  as the "giver" watched their gift being opened, their reactions were amazing!

no question the boys enjoyed the "receiving" part.

but there is simply no way to describe the laughter and smiles that we witnessed on the faces of the givers...

"... the Lord Jesus said: 'it is more blessed to give than to receive'."  (Acts 20:35)
"... God loves a cheerful giver."  (2 Corinthians 9:7)
"...he who gives freely gains even more."  (Proverbs 11:24)

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