After I shared with the children the story of the nuns, I asked them “Would you like to donate?”
This was their reaction:
#1: My savings is running low. (I guess that was a ‘no’)
#2: Ok, I’ll donate 1 brick. Here’s $30.
#3: I need to think. The next day, she was ready with her answer. I’ll donate 2 bricks. I paid for my school’s mid-autumn festival tickets for all of us already so you just return me $3. (The tickets were $63)
#4: (her immediate and enthusiastic response) I will donate 2 bricks.
#5: Here is my piggy bank. You can take everything to give to the nuns.
(His savings amounted to a grand total of $5)
I am so proud of them. I’m sure they will be richly blessed for their generosity.
I will take them to see the new convent when it is completed and we will look for our name in the book. It is a tangible way for the children to see where their donation has gone to, and hopefully it will spur them to continue giving generously.
P.S. Just before I wrote out my cheque, #4 gave me money for 2 more bricks. Aww.. such a dear little child.