There’s nothing my boys like more than sleeping in on a Saturday morning. It might be a reason why they all gave up organized sports long ago because they began to dread the zealous coaches scheduling games before eight in the morning. Last Saturday when I had to wiggle their toes, and flip on the lights at 7:30 I was met with groans and “go away” greetings. “It’s the big day for the car wash, come on guys get up, let’s get going.”
Whitney and her family planned the car wash to benefit the children at the orphanage. So from eight in the morning until two in the afternoon my kids and their family beckoned cars, soaped, scrubbed, wiped and had a great time getting sunburned and soaked. Many friends joined the fun and parents appeared with their cars. It’s a dangerous thing to give teenagers a water hose with a gun attached and a bunch of kid’s buckets with suds. It’s inevitable that everyone gets wet, even the adults who’d rather not.
It’s a fun way for the kids to get involved in the fundraising because they enjoyed themselves so much I don’t think they noticed what hard work it was. And in six hours they had a wad of money which added up to 900 dollars! That’s really amazing. That amount of money can feed 50 kids at the orphanage for a month. It can buy two sewing machines and send two girls to tailoring school and have a skill for their whole lives. It could buy a cow. It pays the education of three children for a year.
Jack and his two buddies stood on the median where the cars line up to turn left holding a poster and helium balloons to get customers. Every once in a while they’d return with a fist full of money that people rolled down their windows to just give them. They were so excited to see this happen. And the three of them just had a blast jumping and waving at cars. Tina called them “the littles” and they are so cute no one could resist or turn away.
Jordan’s friends showed up to help out with the scrubbing. He is good friends with Whitney’s younger sister so it was like Friday night teen time at the car wash for them all. I am so thankful these teens are filled with the kind of compassion for the children at the orphanage that they’d give up their whole Saturday to wash cars. It’s because at the core of these friendships they share a love and passion for Christ. I am so deeply moved to see teens selflessly serve in this way and care so much about the children it will benefit.
I wish I could have been around at the car wash more than I was able. Having a baby folds a kink into my abilities. Kira had been sick with stomach ick on Friday and she was still clingy and grouchy. We also had a house showing at noon. This means I spent two hours flipping on every light, closing toilet lids, hiding laundry, wiping dog snot off the windows, turning on the classical music to play in the main rooms, lighting candles and tidying every corner of the house. So I thank Miss Tinafor overseeing the car wash, being the adult on hand and for supplying me with these photos.
For the time I was there I was able to talk to a few people who waited for their car to get washed about what our nonprofit is doing for the orphanage in Uganda. I never tire of answering questions about the kids there and what their life is like now, and what we hope by the grace of God we will be able to do to change it in the future. They really enjoy meeting Kira and seeing the way she so obviously knows I am her mama. People might think I just want their money but that is the furthest thing from my heart. I want everyone everywhere to know about these kids and care that they are there, that they have lost their parents, and need people like us to step in and protect, guide and help them reach their potential. I want people to remember them in their prayers. I want their hearts to soften with the goodness of compassion. When a heart is changed and touched with a deeper love, that’s when I receive “the paycheck” for the work I do. That’s all I hope for.