School Supply Distribution

IMG_2042On January 26, we handed out school supplies to children in our area.  A man in Corpus Christi, Texas had collected notebooks, paper, pens/pencils, pencil sharpeners, erasers, crayons, glue and scissors for children here.  We put these items together in bags to be given out to each child.  We worked with Pastor Mundy, a local pastor at a church in this community, to do this distribution.  Pastor Mundy translated my gospel presentation into Spanish so that both Spanish and English speakers could hear and understand the gospel.  We first shared the gospel and then shared some encouragement to the children to do their best this year in school, reminded them what a gift getting an education is and also prayed over them and their school year.
IMG_2059After the gospel presentation and prayer, we handed out the bags of school supplies.  We invited some of the youth from our youth group to come help us with this distribution so that they learn to serve others and get the opportunity to get out there and minister to others themselves.  They did a wonderful job of working together to quickly distribute these supplies.

We were able to hand out almost 80 bags of school supplies to bless children as they prepare to begin school.  These supplies were such a blessing to these students and their families as buying basic school supplies can be a financial challenge to many families here.
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And Gretta got to get some “baby love” while the school supplies were being handed out.  This sweet little boy is one of a set of twin boys that were there with their grandmother while their older siblings were receiving school supplies.

School here begins February 4 and goes through mid-November.  Please be praying for these students and their families as they begin a new year.  Gretta and I also begin another year teaching Bible classes at EPB school (the Christian school here in Oak Ridge).  Gretta will be teaching 3 classes on Thursday mornings for 1st-5th graders and I will be teaching 2 classes on Tuesday mornings for 6th-9th graders.  We thank God for the opportunity to teach God’s Word to these students and be able to reach them and their families with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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