The Heart of a Child

by Kia Carter

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Meet Meredith. She is an amazing 10-year-old girl who loves to sing, dance and help her community. She is also not letting her age dictate what she can do. The Lord has given her the heart to help foster kids and she is not letting her age detour her from doing the work that God has called her to do. Meredith is currently a foster sister to 3 children — ages 4 years, 2 years, and 4 months old. She has seen firsthand that most foster children come into care with very little, usually, a trash bag filled with clothes that are the wrong size, or dirty clothes in bad condition, or at times nothing at all.

So, Meredith decided that she wanted to do something to help foster kids in her community by starting M’s Stand, a lemonade and cookie stand, purchasing items from the proceeds and donating them to AGAPE of NC.

She gets up every Saturday morning to set up and work M’s stand for 4 hours. Her goal is to raise enough money to buy kids in foster care some of the basic items that they need when they come into care — items such as socks, underwear, clothes, and toiletries.

1st Timothy 4:12 says, “Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.” At 10 years old, Meredith is an example of what it means to take seriously Jesus’ call to all Christians to care for the “least of these.”

To be sure, God has not called each of us to do the same things when it comes to taking care of orphans in their distress, but I do believe that God has called each of us to do something. Meredith is doing her something. What something has God called you to do?