Lily of the Valley is fairly remote. It’s located in a rural area and if you need to leave, you have to take a car or a bus. So it’s a pretty normal occurrence for some of the children staying at Lily to take trips into town, to a nearby church or to community events.

What I wasn’t expecting was to travel to a slum.

The mission of Lily Children’s Village is not only to house and educate the orphans and at-risk children they care for, but provide a spiritual foundation for the rest of their lives.

One way they do this is by giving their children a chance to serve the surrounding community.

So I traveled with the teenagers from Lily and a half-dozen adult staff and volunteers to Howick slum to run games, provide lunch and witness to the people who lived there.

I was amazed to see how these kids, still suffering from their own forms of brokenness, chose to reach out to those less fortunate.

Be inspired to see how generosity is not limited to the wealthy, and how the simplest of gestures can have incredible impact.

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Next Steps
    • Acts of service for others not only teaches us about the heart of God, but can help us grow closer as a community. What opportunities are there in your community to serve as a family or small group?
    • The programs and food Lily provided to Howick was made possible by the generosity of donors. Donating to LSA can provide sustainable funding for Lily to continue its work.
    • If there are not many service projects in your area, consider starting your own! Find out what charitable organizations are nearby and see if they might be interested in a group visit to help clean, do chores or run programs. You might be surprised at the result.
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About the Author: Brad Miller is a year-long fellow with WND. A student of Psychology, Biology, and Theatre, he's worked as an actor, teacher, balloon artist and last-minute fill-in guy for any number of projects. He loves camping and tinkering with broken and discarded things. Brad's passion in life is to unleash the potential in others.

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  1. JimM said... 

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    July 30th, 2012 at 7:52 pm  

    Hospitality need not depend on ones resources, simply a willingness to give of what you have. Luke 3:11 lived out in front of you. Love the photos Brad and the message.

    is it cool there?

    • Brad said... 

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      July 31st, 2012 at 12:51 pm  

      It is currently winter in South Africa. Much like a desert climate, there are hot days and cool nights. While it has not yet dropped below freezing, it has come close some nights. Those who can, bundle up with thick blankets and hot water bottles. For those without jackets or insulated homes, this can be a real hardship and increase the risk of disease.

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