Alena Bulovska, 15 years old, is one of our first year students at the high school. Recently, she was watching a TV show that described the situation of a local family who was in need. The father had lost his job due to an injury and was living in a one room, run down “house” with no water or electricity, with his wife and 4 young children.
Alena contacted the local TV network to get the family’s information and started to think of ways our community could help them. She made fliers to hang around our campus and spoke in front of our congregation and her peers about helping this family by donating food and clothes.
Within days our auditorium contained dozens of bags full of donated items. Alena, her mom, and other students/faculty loaded up a van packed with necessities to take to the family.
Alena explains, “I was a little nervous that people would not bring anything, but I prayed that God would move people to help this family. I felt God’s presence even when I was carrying the heavy bags of donated items. If you feel that God is calling you to help someone, just do it! It is important to try and feel what other people feel; if we know that we can help someone it would be a pity for us to ignore them.”
This kind of volunteer and charity work is rare in Slovakia, but common in our school! Alena’s initiative was inspired by our many service projects, especially our work with refugees.
In chapel we often sing a song that starts, “it only takes a spark to get a fire going, then soon all those around can warm up it’s in glowing. That’s how it is with God’s love, once you’ve experienced it. You spread His love to everyone, you want to pass it on.”
To help support our “spark” in spreading God’s love to Slovakia visit “ways to give”.