Often, even the volunteers who serve behind the scenes at One More Child do not get to witness the full impact of their contributions. However, Edmundo’s* story is a testament to the significant difference one volunteer can make in the lives of many when they are working for a Kingdom purpose.

No Contribution Too Small

Jesus tells a parable in Mark 12:41- 44 of a widow who gave everything she had. Edmundo’s fellow volunteers describe him as someone who gives all he has to others.

Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.” Mark 12:41-44 (NIV)

Beyond his work with One More Child, Edmundo volunteers at homeless shelters several times a week, offering prayers and encouragement to those he serves. He also runs a prison ministry that organizes quarterly yard sales for donated items. The proceeds are distributed among 15-20 prisoners so they can purchase necessities. Of those inmates, he writes to those on death row to share the message of Jesus Christ with them. In his trailer park community, Edmundo hosts a Bible study for his neighbors, using the opportunity to share whatever he has with them.

One of those neighbors is a 90-year-old widow. Each week, Edmundo arrives early at the First United Methodist Church of Palmetto’s food pantry. There, he eagerly helps bag essential items and food contributed by One More Child. When he is done serving, Edmundo gathers bags for himself and his neighbor.

When a Little is Multiplied

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Edmundo’s fellow food pantry volunteers enjoy supporting his ministries. Recently, when One More Child donated candy to the food pantry, the volunteers saw an opportunity to spread joy to children in need through Edmundo.

Through talking with and spending time with him, the food pantry volunteers already knew several of Edmundo’s neighbors were raising their grandchildren while the parents were in prison for drug-related offenses. Edmundo estimated that 15 children were living in these circumstances. The food pantry proposed delivering Easter Baskets to each of the children. They would provide baskets, grass, and candy through One More Child. Edmundo was overjoyed and immediately enlisted the help of neighbors to fill the baskets.

While completing the Easter baskets, Edmundo and his team of volunteers identified an opportunity to support a classroom of emotionally struggling children at a local school. They rallied together to fill an additional 22 baskets for vulnerable children in their community.

What an example of kindness multiplied! What began as one man’s efforts to love his neighbors and community grew into 37 children receiving Easter baskets–and joy–they would not have had without him.

A Kingdom Difference

Edmundo’s inspirational commitment to serving others influences the lives of many in his community, including those serving alongside him. You can inspire others and make an impact, too. 

Whether it is volunteering your time, supporting One More Child through giving, or simply lending a helping hand to your neighbors, you can embrace the spirit of service. Let compassion and generosity lead the way as you make a difference for the Kingdom to come.

*Names changed for privacy.


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