# 3- The Need is Everywhere
Once you decide that you’re going to teach your children to serve by example, you won’t have to look far for needs to meet. The Bible gives us specific types of people to look for: the old, the sick, the stranger, the poor, the prisoner. There are probably plenty of them in your neighborhood.
One day a young mom—we’ll call her Barbara—called out the window for her son, Bobby. It would soon be time for lunch. When Bobby didn’t answer right away, she looked in the back yard. No Bobby. Front yard? No, not there either. Just as she turned to go back in the house, Barbara saw her little boy. He was standing on the front porch of the house next door talking to old Mr. Ferguson. Mrs. Ferguson had died just a few months before and the old man was lonely. Barbara decided she could wait a while so she finished getting lunch ready before calling Bobby again, to give him a little more time to visit with Mr. Ferguson.
When Bobby came in a few minutes later, his mother asked him what he’d been doing. “Sitting on Mr. Ferguson’s lap,” Bobby replied. “He was missing Mrs. Ferguson today and he was crying.”
“Really? What did you say to him, son?” she wondered.
“Nothing,” the little boy said. “I just helped him cry.”
The need is everywhere.