Ever since Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, my fourth graders have asked for us to pray for the people impacted. When Irma hit Florida, they asked prayer for both Texas and Florida. They reminded us to pray for these people everyday.
Finally, I asked the children if they would like to help out in a more physical way. They all eagerly agreed, and our brain-storming began.
Within a few moments, the children had come up with the idea of a bake sale. We knew we would need parental support in order to make it work.
After a quick e-mail to my class parents, my inbox was flooded with parents eager to participate.
We continued to pray for the hurricane victims and that our bake sale would be successful.
On my own, I prayed for God to bring in $600. In my mind, that would be a huge amount for fourth graders to raise at a bake sale.
When everyone had signed up with what they were brining, we used the sign-up sheet to select prices for each item. Then we tied it into math by estimating the total amount if each item sold out. And then we figured out the exact amount by practicing addition: $616 if everything sold.
The children eagerly created flyers, posters, a Facebook event, thank you cards, and even a commercial in preparation for our event.
Since we had been studying Matthew that week, we chose Matthew 6:33 as our theme verse, “But seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.”
And then we saw the forecast. It was supposed to be pouring on the day of our bake sale that was scheduled to be outside. During morning meeting, we brought it to God. We prayed specifically for a clear, sunny day.
The day of the bake sale arrived. The morning was overcast. The children eagerly sold their baked goods to hungry customers.
Right before our second heavy-traffic time, the children looked out from our classroom and excitedly announced that it was sunny and clear! We immediately thanked God for answering our prayers.
We sold in the afternoon, and we sold that evening at AWANA. In the end, we went from two tables full of items to a solitary box. We did not though sell out.
Everyone though who came was extremely generous. Several people gave us large amounts and did not want any change back. We were blown away by how thoughtful people were.
Today, our math lesson involved us counting the money. I had three different groups. One group counted the coins, and the other two counted the cash. Finally, we added all three groups’ totals and then subtracted from that the original amount we had begun with.
The children kept saying, “Whoa! That’s a lot of money!”
“All that from a bake sale?”
Ultimately, we did learn we were about 90 cents lower than our added total.
In all, we raised $918.57 to go to help hurricane victims donated to Baptist Bible Fellowship.
However, this would not have been possible if we had not all worked together. Thank you to everyone who baked, who helped us sell, who bought, and who donated extra money.
More importantly, though, throughout this process, we were able to see the power of prayer.
Sometimes, God answers our prayers in unexpected ways (like giving us the opportunity to help the victims) and other times He goes above and beyond what we expect (like getting $300 more than what I asked Him to bring in). However, watching God work is testament of His unending love. And we pray now that the people of Florida and Texas will be able to see that love in action.