Martin Luther King, Jr. Asked, “What are you doing for others?”
“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or the darkness of destructive selfishness. This is the judgment. Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others?”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.
From Asheville to Sri Lanka, Haiti, Dominican Republic and Zambia, Serve to Lead works with young people and communities to address urgent global issues, grow servant leaders and reduce world-wide poverty.
Making the Love of Christ Tangible
As the hungry are fed and the homeless are housed; as the sick are cared for and the downtrodden encouraged the love of Christ becomes tangible through the direct service of young people. This brings glory to God, transforms lives and grows the kingdom of God.
Today as we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., we remember him as a man who walked what he talked. He was a man who sought to live Micah 6:8,
“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
This passage from Scripture reminds all who claim Christ as Lord that while we can love mercy and walk humbly we must go and do justice! We can not simply believe in justice, we must take action!
Following in this spirit, our World Changer Clubs spent the end of 2015 uplifting our neighbors in need through their service.
Isaac Dickson Elementary & Asheville Christian Academy
Our Isaac Dickson Elementary and Asheville Christian Academy clubs combined their efforts to raise money to benefit our partner ministry in Haiti. The Zamar school in Croix-des-Bouquet serves over 180 children offering them education, healthcare, good nutrition and spiritual development.
These two clubs made and sold beaded bracelets and Christmas ornaments made from recycled aluminum and raised over $500 to benefit Zamar’s school lunch program. This will ensure that students have a healthy meal each school day.
The Launchpad Club
The Launchpad club, whose mission is to provide girls in Zambia with Washable Sanitary Pads and scholarships to stay in school, set up a booth at the Asheville Flea for Ya’ll to benefit their work.
This club made and sold Christmas stockings and other holiday items raising over $600 to help girls through the Kaoma WISE trust in Zambia.
Our Asheville High World Changer Club has been working hard to raise funds to build a home for a family in need in the Dominican Republic this summer. This club solicited goods and held a basket raffle before the Christmas break.
This effort along with two corporate sponsor gifts has helped them raise just over $4100 of their $6000 goal.
Doing Justice, Caring for Others
These are just a few examples of the way local students are taking action with Heart of the Cross to “do justice” and care for the needs of others.
I am blessed beyond measure to walk with these students and see their lives transformed as they hear about the love and life of Christ and great leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr. and choose to lead with love to reduce global poverty.