Nativity Church of Fargo Named 2017 Starfish Award Recipient

Friends of Chimbote has named Nativity Church of Fargo, ND its 2017 Starfish Award recipient. The award will be presented at Friends of Chimbote’s 6th Annual Fall Gala Celebration on Saturday, October 7, 2017.

Each year the Starfish Award honors the truly altruistic and enterprising individuals or groups among Friends of Chimbote supporters who accomplish extraordinary acts of love and inspire others to act on behalf of those living in poverty in Chimbote, Peru.

Nativity Church of Fargo has generously and passionately supported the mission at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Chimbote with prayer, time, talent and treasure. This support has included monthly giving for decades, special collections, thousands of volunteer hours, parish dinners, Friends of Chimbote board members and mission visitors who walk the path of the poor in Christ and evangelize others to this work.

A glorious example to us all, our starfish recipients continue to make a difference in the lives of those living in poverty in Chimbote, Peru.

The Starfish Story

A young girl was walking along a beach upon which thousands of starfish had been washed up during a terrible storm. When she came to each starfish, she would pick it up, and throw it back into the ocean. People watched her with amusement.
She had been doing this for some time when a man approached her and said, “Little girl, why are you doing this? Look at this beach! You can’t save all these starfish. You can’t begin to make a difference!”
The girl seemed crushed, suddenly deflated. But after a few moments, she bent down, picked up another starfish, and hurled it as far as she could into the ocean. Then she looked up at the man and replied,
“Well, I made a difference to that one!”
The old man looked at the girl inquisitively and thought about what she had done and said. Inspired, he joined the little girl in throwing starfish back into the sea. Soon others joined, and all the starfish were saved.
– adapted from the Star Thrower by Loren C. Eiseley

Perseverance against great odds and against the criticism of others is the very hallmark of value-based idealism, as is refusing to accept failure. The understanding that we hold in our hands the power to change a life, a mind, or a circumstance today – right now – is a powerful insight and motivator. At the same time, idealistic acts, even highly symbolic ones, have the power to inspire others to act, and sometimes in numbers significant enough to make a major or even complete impact on the problem at hand.

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