This assignment is based on an editorial I’d read in World magazine in 1999, penned by Marvin Olasky. In it, he details how he’d give away a billion dollars. A billion is a ridiculously unimaginable number, so I scaled back the figure to a nice, manageable million.
I’ve had kids doing this assignment for the last 7 or 8 years – and I’ve read dozens and dozens of these essays during that time. Students have donated their imaginary money to numerous missions agencies, cancer research, homeless shelters, and animal rescue organizations, along with the occasional homeschool basketball team. I’ve had a great time reading these essays, and pushing the kids to dream about giving to others.
So maybe, as we enter this Advent/Christmas season (which tends to be all about getting and buying, as well as eating and eating some more) here’s a daydreaming assignment for YOU:
HOW WOULD YOU GIVE AWAY A MILLION DOLLARS?
- Supporting missionary friends of ours who work with immigrant Muslims and Hindus here in Chicago, as well as overseas.
- Emmaus Ministries - I did a profile of this amazing outreach to male prostitutes for Charisma magazine a couple of years ago.
- A hospice organization like Vitas, the people who served my mom so well.
- Revive Israel - a ministry based in Israel focused on evangelism, prayer and worship.
- A scholarship for a few needy students attending the ministry school at the International House of Prayer.