Thursday was the day we decided to distribute the gifts that we had brought with us. The gifts were an assortment of clothing, toys, crafts, and games. Several of the team members purchased gifts and brought them down in their luggage. The rest of the gifts were from generous donors in the Wenatchee area and beyond.
The girls were beyond excited to receive the things that we had brought to them. Mama Ruth asked the girls to sit down and they politely complied. We opened each bag one by one and Mama Ruth handed out the gifts to each girl. One of our fondest memories is watching the girls wait with eager anticipation as Mama Ruth decided who would get each gift. At times she would give them a choice, and other times she would simply choose which girl would get what. We never heard any complaining or arguing amongst the girls.
I don’t want to over spiritualize the act of giving gifts, but I can’t help but say how much better it is to give than receive. We could feel the divine presence of God, and it seemed like each article of clothing and each toy had a predetermined destination for each specific girl.
Once all the gifts of been handed out I asked the girls to take a seat and listen to a few things that I had to say. I told them that our hope was that every time they enjoyed one of the gifts that we had brought, they would remember the ultimate gift: Jesus Christ. I told him that our main purpose for coming down was to remind them that Jesus loves them and that He had died for their sins. I told them that if they were to put their trust in Jesus, His love would carry them through life. No doubt they’ve heard this message before so it wasn’t brand-new to them. When I asked the girls to raise their hand if they had put their trust in Jesus, all hands went up.
The Beehive is not a government program or a secular foundation. The Beehive is a house built by God and dedicated to disciple and teach young girls to live a life that fulfills their God-given purpose and design. We feel like we played a small role in helping these girls continue walking that path. The real heroes are the ones that are there with these girls day after day after day. We give honor and thanks and praise to God and his servants who faithfully love these girls back to health and well being.
If you would like more detailed information on The Beehive, please contact me and I would be happy to tell you how to support this effective, Christ-centered ministry.
May God bless you,