Once again, I was given the privilege of speaking to the church in La Romana during their Sunday morning service. I always try to speak directly to the children in an effort to inspire hope in light of the school supplies that God has blessed them with. Since the article from Christianity Today that I referenced earlier had inspired me so much, I decided that I would attempt to give a message that would inspire hope, build self-esteem and expand the children’s views about their own possibilities.
As always, I shared with the kids how the uniforms and school supplies that they received from Starfish are a gift from God. But speaking from Romans 12:6-8, I also let them know that God has given each of them a spiritual gift – a very special and unique gift to do something well. So I challenged the children to discover their spiritual gift and then decide how they can use their gift to serve God and to make a difference in the lives of the people around them. And for the first time ever, I read the Starfish story to the church to illustrate the positive impact we can have on people’s lives and the difference we can make – even in the life of just one person.