The whole month of September we are filling socks with change to raise money for missions. We are calling it Socktember, and we hope you will encourage your children to take part in this fun event. The two heaviest socks will win a special prize.
Last year we were trying to come up with ideas on how to raise money for missions. We had a goal to raise $7,500 to build a church in Africa with missionary Bill Moore. We had an idea to take a sock and fill it with change, but to also make it a competition between the kids in River Kidz. I was not sure how the kids would embrace this challenge, and never imagined how much we would even raise. It was just another event to try and help us get to our goal.
I was blown away two weeks into our challenge and kids started bringing their socks to service with them, and they were full. Some kids were even on a 2nd sock at this time. We were seeing the kids get excited to raise money for missions by filling a silly sock with change. We had also seen the kids coming up with creative ways to fill their socks. One of our River Kidz Caden Hadder created a sign attached to a post with his sock stapled to it, and would stand outside the main service asking the adults to help fill his sock. Turn in day was here and I still was not sure what to expect. Sock after sock came in and everyone of them full and over flowing. One sock that Matthew Mirise turned in had two milk jugs crammed into it full of change. I was blown away at the turn out for what we first thought was a silly idea. After each sock was emptied and the counting was done the kids had raised over $1,100 for missions. Just by filling a sock!
Let’s just say this is now an annual event at River Kidz, but I took much more away from this. God can and will use you and your ideas to make an impact in your life and your ministry. That he took what we thought as a silly idea and used it to glorify him. Never think your ideas or silly or can’t be used to make a difference. God can and will use you in everything you do if you put him first and in it. We had a goal of $7,500 and the kids to this date are only $1,500 away from meeting that goal. My prayer is that God will move in these kids lives again this year, and they will again capture the same passion they had last year to raise money for missions. Because they know what an impact this church and their money will makes in lives in Africa.
So we encourage you to get your kids involved this year during Socktember, and help us reach our goal! The lives that will be impacted by filling a silly sock will be endless.