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Positive Ripples

This week marks my family's 14-day self-quarantine after returning from Kenya. I'm thankful for all of the people that graciously brought us groceries and checked in on us. Everyone in my family is healthy and, like I am sure with all of you, we are spending more time than ever before at home.

Over the weekend, I was looking for different ways to spend family time at home. Rather than spending time in our back yard, our family decided to spend time in our front yard. Having brought out the picnic blanket and guitars, we were well on our way to enjoy one of the many beautiful Spring afternoons Walla Walla rarely fails to deliver.

However, it did not take long before my four boys became bored. After just ten minutes, I decided that bringing out the sidewalk chalk was the best way to feed their hunger for something to do. Sunshine after sunshine was drawn on the sidewalk in front of our home and soon, messages of hope and love started appearing. Several people that lived in our neighborhood that were walking by began complimenting the boys and thanking them for the uplifting art.

Word must have quickly spread because it did not take long before more members in our community came out to look and see our “walkthrough gallery of art.” The overwhelming amount of support and appreciation for something as simple as sidewalk chalk art positively impacted the people in our community. It impacted their lives.

That night, as we were debriefing our day with our nightly game of Apples and Onions (positive and negative experiences from the day) my eldest said that one of his “apples” was seeing people smile as they came by. 

It’s easy to overlook our reach and ability to make an impact around us. I think of it as a still, glassy-looking pond or body of water. When you throw a pebble in, ripples are immediately created and displaces everything around the point where the pebble made contact. It affected everything around it. 

I'm proud to be here at Walla Walla University and feel fortunate to be able to spend time with all of you as we discover ways to spread Christ's love together in unique ways. Our pond has expanded from College Place, Washington, to all across North America. What a unique opportunity we have this quarter to create positive ripples around us, starting as simple as a smile. 

E. David Lopez

P.S. In an attempt to start a ripple at the dinner table tonight here are some questions to explore.

  1. If you could be any age, what age would you want to be? Why?
  2. If you could fix or change one thing in the world, what would it be?
  3. Describe your family in five words.
  4. Is there something you disagreed with your parents about in the past that you agree with them about now? Or vice versa?


Past CARE Weekend Challenge

Messages of hope and love-filled IG on last Saturday afternoon. Thanks for sharing some of the stories. One person said they didn't see any way forward when someone called them and gave them encouragement just when they needed it most. 

As a reminder CARE Weekend happens every Saturday.
Volunteer Opportunity
CARE Weekend
2 pm Saturday, April 11 - Instagram Story - Create Challenge
Spreading joy and encouragement through stick figures and positive messages using art. Let's create some ripples. 

#GenerosityinService #FrontLineThanks #CreateRipples
Provided by: CHE

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities
Groceries to Community
Searching for volunteers to pick up groceries or pharmacy items for door delivery to the elderly in Walla Walla.
A volunteer form can be found here.

Provided by: Walla Walla Mutual Aid Network

Blood Drive or Volunteer From Home
Blood Drive (just update your zip code) Here 
The Red Cross is also prepared 25 plus opportunities to be virtual or stay at home volunteers click here to find out more. 

Provided by: American Red Cross

CHE Ambassador Program

Thank you for your response! Since announcing the program last week, we have already hired four students Ambassadors (Chad Nelson- Student/Faculty/Staff Engagement, Becky Orozco - Thank You Cards,  Josiah Buster - Personal Protection Equipment, and Lindsey Schumacher - His Kids In Action) and have ten more interviews scheduled. Here is a link to apply for the available positions.
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