We are John & Michelle Jordan of Elk River, Minnesota. We are a "last day of eight grade" couple, married for over 40 years. We have two great adult children along with two of the best young grand kids.
Michelle is a long-time employee of a Plymouth-based insurance company. John is the Vice President for local company, a 25 year ecommerce professional and a former elected official. He currently serves as a member of the board of a regional food shelf.
Both of us are Christians who desire to live out faith by being "salt and light" to those around us. "We Heart Kindness" is one of the vehicles for sharing God's blessings with others. We view what we do as our personal ministry, helping to bring smiles to kids and their parents.
There are dozens of biblical admonitions instructing us to do good for others. It is the motivation behind We Heart Kindness.
Psalms 37:3 says "Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper."
Hebrews 13:16 says "Remember to do good and help each other. Gifts like this please God."
John 15:12 says "This is what I tell you to do: Love each other just as I have loved you."
Matthew 5:16 says "...let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father."
Galations 5:13 says "For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love."
Philippians 2:3-4 says "Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too."
Luke 3:10-11 says "The crowds asked, “What should we do?” John replied, “If you have two shirts, give one to the poor. If you have food, share it with those who are hungry.”
The hundreds of smiles we've seen as we surprise these young ones with a stuff animal are so inspiring to see. The smiles are awesome, often more on the parents of those young children.
We Heart Kindness is about being Jesus to others around us.
Help us with our mission. Find ways to bring joy to others. It doesn't have to be in the same way as we do it but find ways to be kind to others. Be generous with those things God has given us to do, to be salt and light to others, light to the gift God has given to those who've received Him.
See our "Say Yes" page for more information.
The stories are endless...
At one carnival in Coon Rapids, MN we had won two small giraffes. We saw a mom and two girls who were perhaps about seven years old. We walked up and asked the mom if her girls would like to have the two giraffes. The mom about burst with joy as she said "Yes, absolutely! Giraffes are my girls favorite animals and they love them. Thank you so much!" Our mission for that day was complete, joy was brought. Kindness was accomplished.
What are your kindness stories? How do you share Jesus love with those around you? What are your ideas for others to share that love in simple, inexpensive ways?
As she stood in front of her 5th grade class on the very first day of school, she told the children an untruth. Like most teachers, she looked at her students and said that she loved them all the same. However, that was impossible, because there in the front row, slumped in his seat, was a little boy named Teddy Stoddard.
Mrs. Thompson had watched Teddy the year before and noticed that he did not play well with the other children, that his clothes were messy and that he constantly needed a bath. In addition, Teddy could be unpleasant.
It got to the point where Mrs. Thompson would actually take delight in marking his papers with a broad red pen, making bold X's and then putting a big "F" at the top of his papers.
At the school where Mrs. Thompson taught, she was required to review each child's past records and she put Teddy's off until last. However, when she reviewed his file, she was in for a surprise.
Teddy's first grade teacher wrote, "Teddy is a bright child with a ready laugh. He does his work neatly and has good manners... he is a joy to be around.."
His second grade teacher wrote, "Teddy is an excellent student, well liked by his classmates, but he is troubled because his mother has a terminal illness and life at home must be a struggle."
His third grade teacher wrote, "His mother's death has been hard on him. He tries to do his best, but his father doesn't show much interest and his home life will soon affect him if some steps aren't taken."
Teddy's fourth grade teacher wrote, "Teddy is withdrawn and doesn't show much interest in school. He doesn't have many friends and he sometimes sleeps in class."
By now, Mrs. Thompson realized the problem and she was ashamed of herself. She felt even worse when her students brought her Christmas presents, wrapped in beautiful ribbons and bright paper, except for Teddy's. His present was clumsily wrapped in the heavy, brown paper That he got from a grocery bag Mrs. Thompson took pains to open it in the middle of the other presents. Some of the children started to laugh when she found a rhinestone bracelet with some of the stones missing, and a bottle that was one-quarter full of perfume.. But she stifled the children's laughter when she exclaimed how pretty the bracelet was, putting it on, and dabbing some of the perfume on her wrist. Teddy Stoddard stayed after school that day just long enough to say, "Mrs. Thompson, today you smelled just like my Mom used to." After the children left, she cried for at least an hour.
On that very day, she quit teaching reading, writing and arithmetic. Instead, she began to teach children. Mrs. Thompson paid particular attention to Teddy. As she worked with him, his mind seemed to come alive. The more she encouraged him, the faster he responded. By the end of the year, Teddy had become one of the smartest children in the class and, despite her lie that she would love all the children the same, Teddy became one of her "teacher's pets.."
A year later, she found a note under her door, from Teddy, telling* her that she was still the best teacher he ever had in his whole life.
Six years went by before she got another note from Teddy. He then wrote that he had finished high school, third in his class, and she was still the best teacher he ever had in life.
Four years after that, she got another letter, saying that while things had been tough at times, he'd stayed in school, had stuck with it, and would soon graduate from college with the highest of honors. He assured Mrs. Thompson that she was still the best and favorite teacher he had ever had in his whole life.
Then four more years passed and yet another letter came. This time he explained that after he got his bachelor's degree, he decided to go a little further. The letter explained that she was still the best and favorite teacher he ever had. But now his name was a little longer.... The letter was signed, Theodore F. Stoddard, MD.
The story does not end there. You see, there was yet another letter that spring. Teddy said he had met this girl and was going to be married. He explained that his father had died a couple of years ago and he was wondering if Mrs. Thompson might agree to sit at the wedding in the place that was usually reserved for the mother of the groom.
Of course, Mrs. Thompson did. And guess what? She wore that bracelet, the one with several rhinestones missing. Moreover, she made sure she was wearing the perfume that Teddy remembered his mother wearing on their last Christmas together.
They hugged each other, and Dr. Stoddard whispered in Mrs. Thompson's ear, "Thank you Mrs. Thompson for* believing in me. Thank you so much for making me feel important and showing me that I could make a difference."
Mrs. Thompson, with tears in her eyes, whispered back. She said, "Teddy, you have it all wrong. You were the one who taught me that I could make a difference. I didn't know how to teach until I met you."
(For you that don't know, Teddy Stoddard is the Dr. at Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines that has the Stoddard Cancer Wing.)
Warm someone's heart today. . . pass this along. I love this story so very much, I cry every time I read it. Just try to make a difference in someone's life today? tomorrow? Just "do it".
Random acts of kindness, I think they call it?