photoI’m so excited for Mother’s Day as I consider my son the finest accomplishment of my life.  He is and always has been my greatest source of pride. On my birthday he, his sweet wife and darling 18-month-old took me to Disneyland, the land where dreams really do come true.

My son disappeared for a second and returned with two fast pass tickets to the Tower of Terror ride. Since his baby is too small and is wife is pregnant, that left only one other person he was planning to go on the ride with him – me!

After an hour of emphatic protest, the time came. My son said, “Mom, it’s time to face your fear – you can do this! You’re going to be so glad you did this.” Not wanting to let him down I reluctantly went through the turnstile.

My palms were soaking wet, my heart pounding and my knees literally weak. I asked everybody I met inside if the ride was bad.  Some said, “no you’re going to love it.”  Some said, “you’re going to hate it. I’m just going because my kids want to go but it’s awful.”

We got strapped in, and I started crying telling my son I couldn’t go through with it and had to get off.  Too late – we were off.  Four huge drops later and screams so loud that I literally lost my voice when I came off, I turned to my son and said, “I loved it and would definitely go again.”  He smiled broadly and said, “l’m proud of you. I knew it!”  My anticipation and imagination was far worse than the ride ever was.

My son is constantly teaching me about life. How many times do we let our imagined fear keep us from accomplishing things in our life?  If we could just take the first step out of our comfort zone, think of where we could go.

Life is an adventure meant to be lived to the fullest. Don’t let fear keep you from enjoying the ride!

I hope you will find this story inspirational enough to take action. And….to realize that NOTHING you do to help others is ever too small. Don’t be constrained by lack of resources. Here’s why:

A little girl stood near a small church from which she had been turned away because it was ‘too crowded.’

‘I can’t go to Sunday School,’ she sobbed to the pastor as he walked by.

Seeing her shabby, unkempt appearance, the pastor guessed the reason and,taking her by the hand, took her inside and found a place for her in the Sunday school class. The child was so happy that they found room for her, and she went to bed that night thinking of the children who have no place to worship Jesus.

Some two years later, this child lay dead in one of the poor tenement buildings. Her parents called for the kindhearted pastor who had befriended their daughter to handle the final arrangements.

As her poor little body was being moved, a worn and crumpled red purse was found which seemed to have been rummaged from some trash dump.

Inside was found 57 cents and a note, scribbled in childish handwriting, which read: ‘This is to help build the little church bigger so more children can go to Sunday School.’

For two years she had saved for this offering of love.

When the pastor tearfully read that note, he knew instantly what he would do. Carrying this note and the cracked, red pocketbook to the pulpit, he told the story of her unselfish love and devotion.

He challenged his deacons to get busy and raise enough money for the larger building.

But the story does not end there….

A newspaper learned of the story and published It. It was read by a wealthy realtor who offered them a parcel of land worth many thousands.

When told that the church could not pay so much, he offered to sell it to the little church for 57 cents.

Church members made large donations. Checks came from far and wide.. Within five years the little girl’s gift had increased to $250,000.00–a huge sum for that time (near the turn of the century). Her unselfish love had paid large dividends.

When you are in the city of Philadelphia , look up Temple Baptist Church, with a seating capacity of 3,300. And be sure to visit Temple University, where thousands of students are educated.

Have a look, too, at the Good Samaritan Hospital and at a Sunday School building which houses hundreds of beautiful children, built so that no child in the area will ever need to be left outside during Sunday school time.

In one of the rooms of this building may be seen the picture of the sweet face of the little girl whose 57 cents, so sacrificially saved, made such remarkable history. Alongside of it is a portrait of her kind pastor, Dr. Russell H.Conwell, author of the book, ‘Acres of Diamonds’.

This is a true story, which goes to show WHAT GOD CAN DO WITH 57 CENTS.

May today there be peace within..
May you trust your highest power that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content knowing you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into our bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing and dance.. It is there for each and every one of you.

San Diego, California News Station – KFMB Channel 8 – cbs8.com

CSB8-1EL CAJON (CBS 8) – A big family with even bigger hearts received a special surprise Thursday.

The Hauers have 18 adopted special-needs children, and were in desperate need of a reliable way to transport the kids to doctor’s appointments. Now a generous donation has made that possible.

Penny and Chuck Hauer devote their lives and their limited resources to taking care of 18 special-needs children they have adopted, along with their five biological children.

“Some are blind, some are crippled as you see,” Chuck said.

Which is why every little bit helps. Passion 4 Kids, a local charity dedicated to helping children facing adverse conditions, has worked to help the Hauers before. On Thursday, the group, thanks to an anonymous donor from El Cajon, delivered a brand new specially equipped minivan to the family. The donor heard about the Hauers’ selflessness and contacted Passion 4 Kids to help them out.

“My chest is so tight with joy. I have no words,” Penny said.

But her children do.

“Where’s the keys? I get the first spin,” one said.

“You know, it’s not about us. It is about them, these children are all over who need homes,” Penny said.

“You know, every person can do something. The blessing you will get is so much more than you will ever give, I promise you that,” Linda Van Kessler of Passion 4 Kids said.

The Hauers say they are especially grateful for the van — which can accommodate two wheelchairs — because now they can take two kids to the doctor at the same time.

Volunteer children helping "our children".  What a great lesson!

Volunteer children helping “our children”. What a great lesson!

I usually start the day with a to-do list a mile long.  But I’ve learned to expect the unexpected when running a charity.  Today out of the blue the San Diego Union Tribune Newspaper contacted us and wants to do a feature on Passion 4 K.I.D.S. in their section of “Making A Difference”.  What an honor!  We are always grateful for the media interest and publicity to bring our charity to the attention of families that might need our assistance or generous people who may be willing to donate their time or resources to help us.   God has opened doors for us with the media that we never could have imagined.  We want to inspire others to live each day doing something for a child in need.  It doesn’t have to cost a lot – a cake, a pizza, an email, a text, a word of encouragement, a hug, a listening ear.  All of those are things our families tell us make the difference between them  just existing in their circumstances or having renewed energy to face another day of watching their precious child suffer. So often people don’t reach out to others because they think it adds a lot of time to their already over-crowded schedule or it requires financial resources they just don’t have.  But everyone can do something!  A small gesture can have just as much impact as a large one.  It isn’t about how much but just taking a moment to care about someone in need.

I always find it beneficial to try for a moment to put myself in the child’s or their parents’ shoes.  It is impossible to realize the depth to which our families suffer on so many levels – financial, emotional, psychological, physical because of a circumstance beyond their control.  So even the most difficult trial you think you can understand regarding our families doesn’t compare to the reality of their situation.  But it doesn’t take long for you to see that their situation is tragic at best and unfathomable at the worst. What would a stranger reaching out to encourage you mean if you were in this situation? Really think about it.  Anyone of us could find ourselves in similar situations at any moment.  So often people ask God why He allows little children to suffer the way many of “our” kids do and why He doesn’t do something about it.  His response is, “I did do something.  I created YOU to be my hands and feet.”

 

charles-and-lindaCharles and I have a passion for kids – our kids, other people’s kids, kids that are hurting, kids that are “special” – any kid!  That’s why we created our non-profit, Passion 4 K.I.D.S. which stands for Kids In Desperate Situations.

Charles’ passion came from personal experience enduring an “upbringing” rivaling a movie script.  Born in Amsterdam, Holland during World War II, he watched his Jewish father and grandparents be snatched away by the Nazis in front of him at age 2. His Catholic mom couldn’t take care of him so he was placed in a state-run orphanage where he suffered abuse of every kind for 9 years until he could no longer take it and ran away at age 10 drifting all over Holland. He vowed one day to help children, like himself, who needed stability, love and someone to care.

As an empty nester mom who at the time didn’t have any grandchildren to hug, my arms longed to bring love and happiness to suffering children who needed someone to care enough to help them.

It didn’t take long for us to see just how huge this need really is, particularly in our own “back yard” of San Diego – we had no idea!  With economic hardship, families unraveling, serious childhood illnesses in epidemic proportions, etc., we have made it our mission to focus on children in the United States that need help. These precious little ones have been given very heavy burdens to bear, through no fault of their own – some with life-threatening illnesses, some with abusive homes, some with life-altering accidents caused by others’ irresponsible actions.  Each one deserves our best efforts because each one counts.

These are the “forgotten” children whose young lives have been turned upside down that fall through the cracks with little or no insurance or government programs available to help them. Truly nothing brings us greater joy than to put a smile on their faces and try to lighten their load. As you will see in future posts, our help wears many faces, depending on each child’s individual circumstances.

We hope we can be an example to you of two very ordinary people – no prior experience in setting up a non-profit, middle class with few resources, helping with situations we previously knew nothing about – who stepped out of our comfort zone to let God interrupt our life with a purpose and mission we are passionate about, yet totally inadequate in our own strength to accomplish. We have learned over and over when God gives the vision, He gives the provision.

We hope you will be inspired to ask yourself, “If not me, who?  If not now, when?”  Find your passion, step out in faith and start! We’re sure you’ll find like us that the blessing you receive is far greater than the blessing you can be.

Join us on our personal journey of trying to make a difference – one child at a time!