Greg Miller

Family ministers through Christmas fundraising efforts

Christmas was the most fun time of the year for Martina and Montana, twin sisters who made and sold homemade chocolate-chip cookies during every Christmas holiday.
Proceeds from the sale of the cookies were donated to buy Christmas presents for needy children.
The 17-year-olds had been involved in their special project for five years and had raised more than $1,000 to buy toys for needy kids.
The girls’ parents, Mitchell and Minerva, were very proud of their daughters. Mitchell and Minerva also worked on their own special annual Christmas project: They painted scenes of local mountains and valleys and sold them on online auctions to raise funds for overseas missions projects.
This Christmas, Mitchell and Minerva decided to try their hand at making cookies, and Martina and Montana painted some landscapes. Mom, dad and the twins had so much fun they decided that for all future Christmases they all would make chocolate-chip cookies and paint landscapes.
Mitchell and Minerva wanted to give their “signature” to their cookies, so they carved little crosses into the tasty treats. “We’ll bake the best-tasting and most fashionable chocolate-chip cookies in the world,” Minerva promised.
Montana and Martina taste-tested their parents’ cookies. “These are even more delicious than our cookies,” Montana said.
“And that means they are extra super delicious,” bragged Martina.
Martina and Montana wanted to personalize their paintings, just as their parents left their imprint on their cookies.
The twins began incorporating renderings of the silhouette of Jesus in every painting. In some paintings, Jesus was depicted on the Cross. In others, He was shown feeding the multitudes, being baptized by John the Baptist, or as the baby in the manger.
“You girls have become very adept at painting landscapes,” said Mitchell.
“Thanks, Dad,” said Montana. “And you all have learned very well the art of baking cookies.”
“I think we’re all learning a very important lesson,” said Minerva.
“What lesson is that, Mom?,” asked Martina.
“The importance of being versatile,” said Minerva.
“We’re learning something else, too,” said Montana.
Mitchell was glad to see that his daughters were being educated while they worked on their Christmas project. “And what else are we learning?,” he asked.
“We’re learning that we can have fun and not be couch potatoes,” said Montana. “We don’t have to be sitting in front of the TV to enjoy ourselves. Everyone can have fun while we’re doing something, even us teenagers.”
“I was never much of a couch potato anyway,” observed Mitchell. “I’d say I’d have to be classified as more of a recliner spud!”
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Published on on 11/22/2010.


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