Who Is My Neighbor?


Janarie Capps, far right, a volunteer from Renton Christian Center in Washington state, fills a backpack with school supplies.

Volunteers from the church and Northwood Middle School build backpacks for children in need within their community.

The church served around the world, but had never crossed their street to lend a hand within their community. So Pastor Alex Ohlsen introduced himself to the staff at the school in their neighborhood and they formed a partnership.

Through the church's involvement with World Vision, they've enabled members of the congregation to engage in their local community in ways they wouldn't have access to alone.

"They (World Vision) have the reputation to draw in the largest corporations in the world to help support and that's the resource that we get to draw from," says Alex. "So they have the supply and we have the knowledge of the need. They're willing and able to actually do something. I mean we're going to raise money and break our piggy banks and we'll get $12 or something, but you get a world class organization behind you, you can do so much more."

Ultimately Alex hopes that through these acts of kindness that the children will come to realize that, "there is a God who is more generous, more kind, and more of a provider than they could ever imagine." 

"I just felt that the thought of giving brand new backpacks full of school supplies to children that don’t have the option of having anything new or anything that's complete to start their school year, but would just start off their school year with such a positive attitude" says Alex.

Photo©2012 World Vision, Laura Reinhardt

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