Thursday, July 12, 2012

Eyes to see, Ears to hear.

Sweet Sleep was honored to share our mission with our friends at Living Springs Baptist Church in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee and receive a check for over $500 to help supply life-saving mosquito nets to children suffering in malaria stricken countries!  Jason, their children's minister and VBS director, shares their story...

I have been directing VBS at Living Springs Baptist for 13 years, and in previous years, we gave our offerings to the church.  In the last few years, wanting to know what more we could do to get the kids to be more eager for missions and giving, we started redirecting the offerings to different organizations such as the TN Baptist Children’s Home.  We usually have some sort of a contest between the girls and the boys, with the amount of offering given and the weight of the offerings to get them motivated.

Last Fall, I attended a Lifeway Children's Conference and met a few ladies from Sweet Sleep who had been personally affected by your ministry, “Nickels for Nets”.  After hearing them speak, I felt led that this would be great ministry for us to use as a future missions project. It would be a way for our kids to see their mission giving at work like I did, so we decided we would use our VBS missions offerings this year to give to Sweet Sleep and see how many nets we could provide.  The kids really enjoyed it, and we also included the entire church for a month before VBS, then continued the project on into VBS week.  It worked great, and we actually doubled what we normally collect during VBS!

Sweet Sleep was great in providing us with an actual bed to display along with a large banner.  The kids were really impacted by this, and, hopefully, we made a difference.  The last night of our VBS week, Stephanie came out to our church, spoke to everyone there about Sweet Sleep, and then we presented her with our donation.

Sweet Sleep is really a great ministry, and there are many ways to involve the entire church.  I am so glad that we were able to be a part of such a great mission project.  Thank you Sweet Sleep!   I would love to see some of the 60 or so kids with the new nets we helped to provide for them!

Jason Smith

If you and your church are interested in getting involved with our program "Nickels for Nets" please visit our website to learn more or contact to begin saving lives
 one net at a time!

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