NORFOLK, NE — Leaders lead by serving.
That being said you could call six-year-old Derek Petz a leader. Derek volunteered his time Saturday morning as Norfolk-area Christians gathered at First Baptist Church to carry out charitable works around the community for Norfolk’s first To Norfolk With Love event.
One of the projects was to bake goodies for the Norfolk Fire Department.
In John 3:18 it says that children should serve in action and in truth. That may be part of the reason why six-year old Derek Petz volunteered, after all his mom Shelly and his father are pastors.
But that’s not the only reason he wanted to volunteer.
Shelly says, “This was Derek’s idea. He was so excited to come here. We looked at the list and he lit up when he saw he could help the firefighters.”
At the ripe age of six Derek has already found his career calling when he says, “I want to be a firefighter.”
Derek’s great-grandparents were killed in a fire. According to his mom, the people who helped during the fire became part of Derek’s story and his love for firefighters.
You can image his excitement when they delivered the baked good to the fire department.
Fire Captain Lannce Grothe says that they appreciate the kids coming in to check things out. He says it feels good to be supported by the community, no matter the age.
Turns out the way to someones heart isn’t always through their stomach, but through a selfless act of love.