USA (MNN/BGR) — Quick Geo Quiz: name the Earth’s highest mountain.
If you said Mount Everest, you’d be right. Now: what country is Mount Everest in? The mountain straddles the border between Nepal and China with roughly half the mountain in each country.
Even the name Everest is nearly synonymous with challenge and adventure.
What does this have to do with a group of elementary school students in Kentucky? Everything!
Vacation Bible School students at Piner Baptist Church in Morning View, Kentucky, climbed Mount Everest: the “Mount Everest” of giving, that is.
During VBS week, they were challenged to do something to help Nepal’s earthquake survivors rebuild their homes and villages. Baptist Global Response has been sharing stories about how, weeks after the disaster struck, people are still struggling to get enough food to eat and stay dry in the monsoon rains.
The kids, roughly a group of 100, were moved to action. VBS leaders set a $1,200 goal for students to reach. Anybody who has ever worked with children in a giving project knows that their hearts respond with compassion. Kids are the best messengers in the world once an idea like this begins to take root.
They wanted to make sure that BGR could get people where they were needed with the supplies that were needed and the hope that was needed. As the church collected money, a mountain climber was moved up a mountain to mark progress. After that week, Piner Baptist Church wrote BGR a check for $2,002.86. Students had pushed the climber to the top of the mountain and beyond.
While they weren’t actually on the mountain, the kids at Piner Baptist Church’s VBS did shout the message from the mountain tops “God loves you!”
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