It is beautiful to see what happens when God’s people join in a vision larger than any one organization could achieve alone.
We recently heard a touching story of three high school students – Ashleigh, Brooke and Alexandria – who through their skills and budding entrepreneurship joined in this vision of seeing every child experience God’s love and knowing that all of us have a place.
They were among 40,000 students at Christ in Youth (CIY) Christian Camps this summer who encountered foster care-focused stories, biblical messages and the short film, “Hard to Place,” co-funded and co-produced by CIY and CAFO.
The camps wove the foster-focused content throughout each summer week, teaching students that anyone can make a difference for vulnerable children. They shared that God has created each of us with special gifts, talents and abilities that He wants us to use for His Kingdom.
When young generations understand and embrace Christ’s call on their lives, they mobilize in ways that affect change all over the world. And that’s exactly what Ashleigh, Brooke and Alexandria did.
Like others, they decided to act. They started a small business called Soul Sisters – hand-making hundreds scrunchies to sell – devoting 100% of profits to vulnerable children. A Bible verse came attached to each scrunchie along with a message of their mission to help orphans and vulnerable children. They also planned an Orphan Sunday event and prayer vigil at their local church to share opportunities to reflect God’s love for kids and families in foster care.
They wrote, “We hope our story can inspire others that anyone can help, no matter what age they are or how much money they make.”