California youth chips away at church Lottie Moon Christmas Offering goal

Brody Brewer wanted to give to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering® in 2020, but he wasn’t sure how. As a 12-year-old boy, he had no source of steady income or a means to make money.

After a family camping trip, Brody was inspired to learn how to restore an old ax head. Thanks to tutorials on the internet, Brody mastered the six-to-eight-hour process of restoring ax heads and custom-making new, wooden handles.

While discussing his desires to give to the Lottie Moon offering with his family, Brody’s parents suggested he sell his restored axes and donate a portion of the profits to the offering. Brody didn’t hesitate to give of his time and money.

Brody Brewer (in the blue baseball cap) pictured with his siblings and parents, Eric and Jennifer.

The Brewer family is very involved in missions. Brody’s dad, Eric Brewer, has been on several mission trips and the family’s church, Pathway Church in Redlands, Calif., supports IMB missionary families. Brody has been on a mission trip, too. From a young age, Brody has seen the significance of missions and supporting missionaries.

When asked why he felt it was important to give to Lottie Moon offering, Brody replied, “I want to give back to God and support missionaries like my parents and church do.”

Brody’s parents are thrilled at Brody’s desire to give so selflessly.

Brody Brewer pictured with one of his custom-made axes.

“It’s a proud moment for us as parents,” said Eric. “You can guide and direct your children in the Lord as much as you are able, but to see our 12-year-old step out and do this on his own is a special moment for us.”

Brody puts a small, leather tag on the handle of each ax he sells describing why he makes the axes and how he gives a portion of the proceeds to the missions offering. Brody’s ax sales grossed several hundred dollars in 2020, and he generously gave of what he earned.

Thanks to the sacrificial giving of his ax sales and the generous giving of those in his church, Pathway Church was able to give beyond their Lottie Moon Christmas Offering goal of $15,000 and give over $21,500.

When Brody’s pastor, Rob Futral, told Brody how IMB President Paul Chitwood collected axes, Brody decided to make and send an ax to Chitwood in the mail. Brody was eager to continue to give and made sure to wood burn Chitwood’s initials and “IMB” into the wooden handle.

“I’m just happy to give what I can to support missionaries,” said Brody.

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