Category Archives: Children

A path, a pond, nature, sounds

She approached one on our team. She spoke no English and had what seemed an advanced case of Parkinson’s to our team member. She was accompanied by a small English speaking girl that introduced herself as, granddaughter, saying, her grandmother has Parkinson’s and the only comfort she had was walking. She had no place really to walk.

They noticed an ‘Oasis of Beauty ‘in the midst of what seemed like a lock-in with a curvy country road and not much of a yard and surely very little beauty there.

The inquiry from the little caring girl was, “would you allow my grandmother to walk on your long smooth driveway as she has no place to walk?” They didn’t know that team work had been going on for years to make beautiful gardens and paths to lead walkers to see and read tokens of God’s truth to be imparted to those that just happened to pass that way.

Permission was given with loving instructions to walk with care and enjoy their time on this holy path. Flowers are blooming, trees producing, chairs cleaned and padded for a moment of rest. Scripture messages painted on signs among other magical nature delights like birds singing and squirrels gathering and frogs just a croaking from a darling glistening pond.

The vision was given and building we did. I have often heard, “if you build it they will come.”


Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child

Debi Chaves and MG Henry tell their Christmas Story: On a cool, crisp evening, November 19, 2013, members of CCI had the privilege of delivering thirty-six brightly wrapped gift shoeboxes to one of the area Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child Collection Centers. CCI of Leesburg, Virginia sponsored the shoebox project with others participating.

Debbie Lattus, nurse at Monroe Technology, Leesburg worked diligently to wrap and packed many boxes. Debbie then encouraged her Catholic Daughters group to get involved and they excitedly responded by gathering together to pack twenty-one shoeboxes and said they can’t wait to do it again next year.

Boxes were filled with articles such toys, pens, tablets, books, hygiene items, etc. Several of the boxes contained ‘Watch Your Wings’ T-shirts, a campaign The Daily Lily supported for the Samaritan Purse “Woman at the Well” project to dig clean water wells in Africa.

These shoeboxes, stuffed with gifts will be distributed to children all over the globe by Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse Ministries. What a joy to know that children’s lives around the world will be touched by receiving a gift shoebox and the salvation message that is brought to needy little souls, through them.

Our First, Mona, Our Love and Prayers to you!

I would love to have more information about my beautiful shirt! It arrived today. My mom, Lillian H., bought it for me for my birthday. I am going to be one of the Bible leaders this summer in my former church. (I said I would go back to help!) We will have at least 500 children attending – and they will be split into 4 groups for Bible time. I will represent the Woman at the Well one day – and so the significance of this shirt is not lost on me – it is no coincidence – I know how God loves to fit together all the pieces of His puzzle perfectly! The past several years, we have raised money for wells, however this year we are raising money for orphanages. May we all be involved in Kingdom work!

  • Mona, Happy Birthday! And, what a lovely gift from Mother to Daughter. Love at it’s best.

    We are delighted that you love your T-shirt. We,, are so happy and feel so rewarded by being a small part of changing lives in South Sudan through the work of Samaritan Purse and their program, “Women at the Well.” On the back of your shirt you will see my theme, “Watch Your Wings!” and the front the art of Dawn Collins of Charlotte, NC. You can find more of her art:

    We have raised; $1409.25 by selling 75 T-Shirts through a campaign by Customink !!!!!!! Some of our T-shirts were gifts from others and purchased in very small sizes to add to our Christmas Shoe Boxes, also with Samaritan Purse.

    Mona, how exciting to know that you are going to be working with all these children this summer at your church. I would love to hear more about your goal of working with the “Women at the Well”. Your response has given me hope and the desire to want to let this be our first campaign and not our last! Your Mother is a great inspiration to us in so many ways. I tear when I read her daughter’s words; “I will represent the Woman at the Well one day – and so the significance of this shirt is not lost on me – it is no coincidence – I know how God loves to fit together all the pieces of His puzzle perfectly!”

    I, Sara, wear my shirt proudly with you, Mona, as we “Watch Our Wings” and fly to fulfill our God Given Destiny! Prayers, hugs and love to you! And, Mom,Lillian H., to you for being a gift giver!

    See Mona and Sara below on “Be An Angel Buy An Angel”….

Watch Your Wings

CONGRATULATIONS LILIES FOR A JOB WELL DONE! Campaign closed! Goal of 50 and you sold 75!  Shirts should be shipped within two weeks and check sent to Samaritan’s Purse to dig clean water wells in South Sudan, “Women at the Well!” I am so proud of US!

Be sure to thank each of your family members and friends for their help in making this campaign so successful. We also want to thank Customink for their major part in helping us to become “philanthropists” and Chris Mar for his major role in getting this project running and being so successful with his skills as a developer and chief engineer.  We so appreciate  all of you and we  have hearts of gratitude. Thank YOU one and ALL! Love being a Philanthropist!


Be an Angel buy an Angel

Be an Angel buy an Angel

The Daily Lily is excited to support the Samaritan Purse Woman at the Well Project to dig clean water wells in Africa. We have created a CustomInk campaign to sell our “Watch Your Wings” t -shirt. It features original art by Dawn Collins and designed by Chris Mar and CustomInk. Every purchase of these limited edition “Watch Your Wings’ T-Shirts will benefit the Woman at the Well project.

These are limited and will only be on sale for 30 days. Don’t delay! Purchase your t-shirt and help us reach our goal of 50 shirts.

Thank you for helping us provide clean water wells to the woman and children in Africa.

See more of this project and order your T- shirts:

Who are you holding onto?

Rena Oynes:

All my life I have held on to Jesus’ hand, once in a while letting go, but this picking his hand back up again.  This season I have particularly held on tight.  He is/was the only one I could trust.  My closest friends all pointed to Jesus, as the situations were tough.  Many earnestly prayed.  One knew my calling and knew I had been called to children ever since I was a small child.  When I was twelve I was asked to assist in the children’s department of my church.  This was my first experience and I just loved it.  Years came and went as my Mother also loved children’s ministry and was very creative using her crafting talents to tell stories.  She would often place flannel graph characters on the back of the sofa and then retell the story.  We were so fortunate to hear her stories over and over again.  As year went by I got to teach Sunday School myself and Vacation Bible School.  I was lucky to direct Vacation Bible School and get other young people involved in acting, teaching, and or assisting in handing out snacks or playing games with the little ones.

Later I took up education.  I knew God’s hand was in it.  At the time Reading/Writing Workshop was not being taught as a college subject, but God’s hand had me work in this area and many creative talents flowed through the students.  I also taught Sunday school at the same time and used my creative talents like my mother had role modeled for me.  I loved writing and dramatizing the scriptures.

I moved to Virginia and was out of teaching Sunday school as the wonderful home church I was a part of did not have a children’s program at the time.  Little did I know that this small church would be instrumental in bringing out the hidden sorrows of a brokenness of heart in order to bring healing for the next stage of my life.

After moving back to Mandeville and now retired from teaching, I thought of attending Bible Study Fellowship.  I had tried to attend many, many years prior but had gotten a call to be a full time teacher.

It use to be located in Slidell which is about a half hour away, but to my surprise I found from my internet search that they had relocated to First Baptist of Mandeville which was right next to me.  I signed up immediately and started attending right away, not believing it was my good luck, not luck really, God’s hand was in it.

Many weeks passed and I had signed up to help in the preschool program but had not been called.   I had prayed to God, “God you know I love working with children, it’s my heart throb.  If you could, would you open an area with children for me? The next week my team leader said to me, “Can you talk to me after the lecture?”  “Surely, I said, wondering what she wanted to talk to me about.

She said, “Rena I have been praying for you since the beginning of the BSF year, and I feel that the Lord is calling you to children’s ministry here at BSF.  I would like you to think it over and pray it through and then give me a call with your answer.  I couldn’t hardly believe that God had answered my prayer so quickly.  I asked if I could have a good friend here at thedailylily pray with me.  We did and I accepted the call.  I am in training now and can hardly wait to start singing, telling stories of Jesus, and pouring the words into the children.  I know God will provide all that is needed for this CALL. And, yours!

What’s on your mind today?

My, son Christopher recently sent me this article by David Burns:

By David B. Burns
“Isidor I. Rabi, the 1944 Nobel Prize winner in physics was once asked, ”Why did you become a 
scientist, rather than a doctor or lawyer, like the other kids in your neighborhood?”
”My mother made me a scientist.  Every other Jewish mother in Brooklyn would ask her child 
after school: ‘So? Did you learn anything today?’ Not my mother. She always asked me a 
different question. ‘Izzy,’ she would say, ‘did you ask a good question today?’ That difference 
made me a scientist.”
Isidor Rabi wasn’t just any scientist.  He was in the top one-percent.  In addition to his Nobel 
Prize, his work contributed to the invention of radar, the atomic bomb, the laser and the atomic 
clock. His excellence stemmed from asking good questions.  And he is not alone in 
understanding that success is driven by asking good questions.”
It’s never too late to ask the right questions? Whoa, when we hold those little ones so close and drive them back and forth to school, church, sports, music or vacation what are we asking? How have their lives answered us?

What’s on my mind today? As we look down the highway what will we see when we turn the curves of life each and everyday? Will I see an Engineer? A Statesman? Or, will I see my questions were in gear just to please me?




My vase of lilies from my son for Valentine’s Day became the flower of the day for our Sunday Worship Services today.

Two of our lily contributors, MG and Debi have added to the beauty of our lilies.

Continue to enjoy your reading and writing here at the Lily daily.

What did you want to be when you grew up? Or when you grow up?

 I wanted each child to have enough bread to eat, beautiful dress and bonnet to wear. And, yes, a perfect match of purse and shoes. The color and match suited for each child and not what another thought might be right for them. I would dress the little goats and lambs alike. (Literally the animal) I was shy@times so my voice could not express my heart. So off to the little Creswell stores to convince the owners to charge to my Mom’s account enough food and other to feed and clothe a hungry child. I would take my Mom’s crochet, and colorful fabric she needed for her own child and turn them into wraps that were weird, to say the least, but thrilled many a child. I have been able to continue my joy of being a grown up dressing and feeding the hungry child. I’ve travelled to Nations and given from my heart hoping to develop a gift of another’s heart. Yet, little it seems in the light of the needs. But, I won’t lose heart of wanting each child to be feed and clothe in beauty and loved regardless of _____? I believe your poetry, your art, your song, story and other’s gifts coupled with love continues to make a road for others to travel and reach their destinies and goals.Maybe I’m just a dreamer!

Susie, What Are You Thankful For?

In Kindergarten music class, one of the goals is to begin to help the students match vocal tones sung to them by the  teacher.  One of the little exercises I am using this year is to sing the child’s name and then sing , in a sing-songy question to which I have already demonstrated a muscial response….Susie, what are you thankful for?  All this on a 3-note melody line.  Then, as having demonstrated to the students, their response would be …”I’m thankful for___.”  [etc].  

The amazing thing about this little musical exercise is not so much that many of the  students in kindergarten can match pitches, but the nature of their responses. 

They respond that they are thankful for “my family; my friends; my grandma; my house; my parents; my little brother (or sister); my school.”  Once in a while I will get “my church”  Several will sing, “for God”.

But as I go up the grades from Kindergarten through 1st grade and into 2nd grade….the responses become quite different.  The older the student, maybe more “sophisticated, perhaps” the more they sing that they are thankful for THINGS.  “ My bicycle, video games, electronic gadgets;    They still sing my mom & dad or my parents, etc. but not as much as the little ones, who have just started school a mere ten weeks ago or so. 

I always encourage them to continue to be grateful and thankful for their families and those that love and care for them.  And for a God  that loves them.  Usually, the little ones take it from there and preach to one another. And for that I AM THANKFUL!

MG Henry, Fairfax County Music Teacher