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One Rupee World – 2015

One Rupee World” is our son Jairus’s dream to give away toys to the underprivileged children. He shared the dream with us when he saw some kids on the streets playing with mud and stones.

Last year after giving much thought, we decided to go for it. Jairus shared his dream on a video encouraging others to join him and we posted it on Facebook. The idea was to encourage children and families to share their old & new toys which we collected from their homes and on Christmas go out on the streets and distribute it to poor and under privileged children.

The response was amazing and the way the whole initiative turned out just filled our hearts with unspeakable joy.

Our heart is to continue this initiative and do it on a bigger scale every year.

We invite you to join us and share the love of Jesus and to bring a smile on these innocent faces.

If you like to join us you can fill this form here and we will soon contact you.
http://goo.gl/forms/XVAWdVBaMa

Here’s what we learned from the 2014 initiative

1. Never let go of dreams that make a difference to others

We were so glad when Jairus shared his dream. What was most exciting was that his dream was to bless and make a difference to others and that was something that God laid on his heart.

It was a joy to see our six year old being so sensitive to the needs of others and that was what we wanted to encourage in both our kids. When we asked him to select the toys from his toy basket, he choose the best ones without any defects.

2. What you can achieve together can’t be achieved single handedly

I can’t say that this whole project could have been a success without the support, motivation and help from those around us. We were overwhelmed by the responses of our friends and acquaintances in the way they contributed toys and sweets towards this cause.

The best part was partnering with an NGO called ‘Bigger than Life‘ that played a key role in giving us direction and guidance on where we should go and how it should be done. By having them by our side along with our family made the whole experience only richer and unforgettable.

3. Stay away from greed

Well, most often than not I must confess that we fight this battle within us to resist all kinds of temptations while we seek to do good; greed being one, can creep it’s ugly head out.

For instance, when we received a good bunch of toys as a contribution from friends both me, Jane, Jairus and Amaze sat together to divide the toys in various bags. At the end of it once all the toys were packed, Jairus held on to an animal puppet and curiously asked us if he could keep it. He said he could use it to entertain the kids and then keep just that one toy for himself.

However, when we explained to him the rewards of honesty, integrity, giving what’s best and the consequences of greed, he willingly obliged.

It’s a lesson for all of us, in every stage of life to be content with what we have rather than coveting what we don’t and thereby letting greed destroy us by stealing our joy, peace and always causing us to be restless.

4. You experience real joy from what you give and not what you get

There’s a scripture in the Bible which says, it’s more blessed to give than to receive. I cannot emphasize this truth enough to say how much this holds true.

I have learnt this valuable lesson over the past years and can firmly tell you that the times that I have had the opportunity to give to someone in big ways or small ways has brought me such inexpressible delight by simply witnessing the sparkle and enthusiasm on their faces. It’s so worth it!

5. Don’t stop with one good act, go for another.

I learnt that we can become so complacent with ourselves once we have achieved what we desired that we think ‘That’s it, I guess I’ve done enough’. But we can fail to see the countless less fortunate people with unlimited needs to be fulfilled, the numerous opportunities for adding worth to someone’s life and the differences we can make in our own communities.

The list is endless, so let’s make the most of the limited time we have in our hands.

If you like to join us you can fill this form here and we will soon contact you.
http://goo.gl/forms/XVAWdVBaMa

2014 Pictures

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