Rev. Dr. Chuck Moffett
A poignant story coming out of the carnage in the city of Sarajevo during the Bosnian War. One day a reporter witnessed the shooting of an innocent young girl crossing the city square. Immediately, the reporter, and another man, ran to the girl. She was alive. The unidentified man began to stop the bleeding from the gunshot wounds. The reporter hustled the man and the young girl into his car to take them to the hospital.
As the car sped on its way, the man cried out to the reporter, “Faster, her bleeding is less. Still she lives!” –“Faster, her body still is warm. Still she lives!” –“Faster, her body is growing cold, but still she lives!”
As they pulled up to the hospital, the man moaned, “Her body is cold and still. She does not live! Now, I must do the most difficult task: I must find her father and tell him his daughter is dead.”
The reporter was stunned! “Are you not the girl’s father?” “No”, said the man…”but are not all these children really ours?”
The residents of Bay Village are in a partnership with the children of the Wilkinson Elementary School. With 80% of the children coming from families who are under the poverty level, we have said, “No, we are not their parents, but are not all these children really ours?”
Thanks to the generosity of Bay Village residents, in our first year we have donated over 300 books to their recent Book Fair; provided 200 pounds of personal toiletries; and funded the sponsorship of at least TEN classrooms with supplies otherwise paid for by out-of-pocket money from the teacher.
Thanks for the compassion of Bay Village residents who live by the conviction that “all these children really ARE ours!”