“You can give without loving. But you cannot love without giving,” said Amy Carmichael. Join us today on Home School Heartbeat with host Mike Smith, as Melissa Green reflects on the impact that her time in Romania as a high schooler had on her.
Melissa Green, a homeschool graduate and HSLDA’s @home e-vent program manager is with me again today, to talk about her experience in Romania. Melissa, what kind of an impact did your trips have on you?
My trips to Romania really allowed me to see how we can minister to those in need in another country, but also to see how we can minister to those here&—because the needs are the same. The extent of them may be different, but the need and the hunger are the same no matter where you go.
Melissa, how do you think parents can prepare their students to take this kind of opportunity?
That’s a great question. I think that one of the things my parents did that helped me the most was to really make sure that I wanted to go. It wasn’t a simple, “Oh, we have this opportunity, so we’re going to send you off to another country.” But I showed the interest in it; they helped me to figure out how to raise support, how to raise awareness for what I was doing, to really make sure that I was ready in my heart to go, and really make the most of the opportunity. And so, I think just encouraging your kids to really spend time figuring out where they want to go, where God is calling them, and to help them be serious about the project and about the opportunity is one of the most important things they can do.
Melissa, that is great advice. And thanks for sharing that with our listeners today! And until next time, I’m Mike Smith.