MCC Photo/Jennifer Vandermolen

Oliver and Estella Rehkoph

When Oliver asked his mother about what had happened in the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake, his heart went to kids – the same kids who would have been his classmates and friends had an ocean not separated them. “He had asked about what had happened to their toys, to their homes,” explained his mother Ingrid, “when I told him what they had lost, he took it upon himself to try to make a difference.”

With some clever planning from his family and the stalwart help of his younger sister Estella, Oliver set up a lemonade stand to raise money for the children impacted by the devastation in Nepal. The tiny enterprise popped up in his grandmother’s driveway right by the famed Kitchener market, and passers-by couldn’t help but be drawn in by calls for lemonade and the story that Oliver told. “He told them how children in Nepal had lost all their toys, and how many had no place to live anymore, and how he was raising money for them,” tells Ingrid.

All told, Oliver and his team raised more than $50 that day to support MCC’s relief and reconstruction projects in Nepal. His lemonade stand, pictured above, is a powerful symbol of hope, of empowerment, and of love as Christ calls us to love those in need.

“…but Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.’”  Matthew 19:14

You can join Oliver, Estella, Ingrid, and the hundreds of others in our community who are actively supporting reconstruction efforts in Nepal. MCC partners are on the ground now, are in it for the long-haul, and they need your support. Click here to support MCC’s projects in Nepal.