With their money boxes to the church service

Two boys from Kaufbeuren help children in Brazil

by Stefanie Huisgen,  2012/10/18

Insecure times in the working and financial world always cast a shadow on people’s private lives as well. They have an impact on our relationships to each other and can lead to focusing on ourselves for a while in order to secure or restore our own well-being. As a consequence, serious problems of this world often disappear from our sight – and often do not find their way back into our conscience.

Thankfully, there are also people who consider the well-being of others more important than their own. People who stand up for a little bit more justice in our world, which is threatening to get out of joint. Thankfully, there are people who set us a good example and remind us that after all, material values are meaningless.

Often, adults are the ones who still have to learn. Learn from their children whose vision of the essential things in life has not yet been dimmed and has not been soaked up into a swirl of complex thought constructs. In his work „The Little Prince“, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry put the following words into the mouth of his main character: “The grown-up people never understand anything by themselves, and for the children it is too exhausting to have to explain everything to them over and over again.

The two boys from Kaufbeuren did not have to explain much since with their donation they set a clear example of charity – let us hope that many will follow their example! In a letter, priest Thomas Blab informed humedica about the children’s admirable deed. “The by far youngest regular churchgoers of St. Thomas in Kaufbeuren, Vinzenz (8-year-old) and Thomas (4-year-old) today have brought their money box with them to church and have donated their saved up money for the children’s home in Brazil.

“The two boys take part in the church service with real enthusiasm and I wished there were many more children like Vinzenz and his brother Thomas”, the priest continues with his words reflecting his gratefulness and enthusiasm about the practiced charity of these two lively boys.

The helpful children who donated their savings of 13.37 euros (Thomas) and 16.20 euros (Vinzenz) to children in need, instead of buying toys or anything for themselves, have internalized at a very young age the words of the apostle Paul in the Bible: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35). This behaviour could serve as a lesson to some adults as well.

When Thomas Blab emptied the money boxes, what appeared were not only saved-up coins but also some other objects. Five “pfennig” had found their way into Thomas’ little treasure chest as well as two red, a black and a blue lego brick that the priest returned to the four-year-old and assured the two boys that “Your money will be used to help the children in Brazil. It makes me happy that you share with those who are poor and need help.

We at humedica would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Thomas and Vinzenz – also on behalf of the children of the children’s village in Nova Friburgo. Even a little gift that comes from the heart can have a big impact on the lives of both the giver and the recipient. Take up a sponsorship and you can accompany one of the children on their way to a promising future.

Dear friends and supporters, we would like to encourage you as well to follow the example of Thomas and Vinzenz. Even with a small amount you can make a significant contribution to improving the lives of the Brazilian children of Nova Friburgo.

Of course you are also welcome to support the children’s village with a one-time donation. For this, you can use our online donation form or transfer your donation to the account indicated below citing the corresponding reference.

      humedica e.V.
      Reference "Brazil" or "Family Sponsorships"
      Account 47 47
      Bank Code 734 500 00
      Sparkasse Kaufbeuren

      SWIFT/BIC-CODE: BYLADEM1KFB
      IBAN: DE35734500000000004747

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