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Rich, Chance and Jake Freshwater

This story of giving is from Rich, Chance and Jake Freshwater

Chance, Jake and I were blessed with an envelope containing a $100 check. The boys were pretty excited by this challenge and gave lots of thought to the best way to put God’s grace to work. We tossed around thoughts about helping a homeless person(s), supporting a foster care agency, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and in the end the boys selected a charity they had spent time with recently.

On the Saturday prior to receiving this challenge, the entire family volunteered for A Child’s Hope International. During the few hours of volunteering (along with others from GSLC) 115,000 nutritional bags of food were made. The bags contained rice, soy, a supplement and dehydrated veggies. This particular lot was slated for shipping to Nicaragua to feed kids that may not get a daily meal. While the kids weren’t thrilled with the actual work, they felt great about giving back. Enough so that they chose to send the GSLC check to this organization so it could be used to prepare food bags to feed a child for over a year.

I challenged the boys that if this was to be our family choice that we’d need to volunteer to pack food bags again...and they wholeheartedly agreed. Because the boys felt so excited by this cause...I told them I’d match the GSLC check and in total we sent off $200. This challenge was a great win for all. The charity now has money to feed two children for over a year or to bag 800 meals for many children. The boys got to feel excited around giving back and discerning the best way to put the money to work that made them feel good. And dad got to feel super proud of his sons being so diligent and thoughtful in the process.

So now we will plan another volunteer opportunity with A Child’s Hope International and we invite all GSLC congregants to join us. Thanks GSLC for this amazing challenge and opportunity!! We hope we’ve proudly carried Gods grace forward!


Recipient: A Child’s Hope International


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Alex Hoops

This is excellent! Thanks for sharing!

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Amanda Hill

LOVE this! Children's hunger is likely what our family is going o choose to focus on as that you matched your donation with both time AND treasure!

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Mark Buelsing

Gods Grace is working through all your hands. Thank you for your story!

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Tracey Long

What a wonderful story! I love that the boys were excited to participate and help others. It seems that we all learn so much through serving with our own hands- and in this case, A Child's Hope International is receiving God's grace through YOUR hands- both in action and financial support!

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Molly & Frank,

Thank you again for your donation to help our annual campaign! Your contribution definitely help fund our camp scholarships and provides us with resources to help strengthen our community.

With Gratitude,


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Thank you for honoring your father with this gift to Habitat. 13 homes in his era is quite an accomplishment, and to think of the generations he impacted with his volunteerism is priceless.

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Ed shared this story with me, and I just LOVE It. What an impactful gift!

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Hospice is such an incredible organization--I'm so glad you chose to support them and their mission!

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I am touched by your story, and thank you for raising awareness to such a worthwhile cause.

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I have passed that corner several times in the last month. The man is no longer standing there. It is wrong to extrapolate beyond the data, but…

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Lisa, this is a wonderful story about family, connection, and community. Thank you for sharing.

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Well timing they say is everything- and it seems that the need, your skills and this gift were certainly in God's plan. Prayers of blessing on your hands as you take your skills where they are needed to help those effected by Dorian.

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