Day 1-Night 1- No More Shacks 2016
CAN YOU OUT GIVE A JUNIOR HIGH STUDENT?
We had such an awesome day yesterday. First, I was joined by Minister Sara Head who serves on our board . Later the District Superintendents from both Montgomery Opelika and Montgomery Prattville, Rev. Robbins Simms and Rev. John Brooks. It was great to visit, talk about ministry, and see people donate on their behalf.
Part of this week is hosting workshops from other organizations and ministries that also work with families on low incomes. We were excited to have Ms. Sue Edge from the Lee County Literacy Coalition come and share about her work. Using tutors and other volunteers, her team helps adults study and get their GED and better their reading skills. With younger children, the coalition partners with schools to help kids improve their reading and writing skills. All of this requires volunteer tutors. She made connections with our prison system and how many people in prison are functionally illiterate. The numbers are staggering as people are trapped in a prison within a prison. We appreciate Sue, her work, and the students who came to hear from her.
Later in the afternoon we were joined by Mr. Fred Callahan who serves on our board as well as Dave and Pam Mashburn who brought me dinner. Kids came to paint and we have some fun videos of them you can find on our FB page.
Most memorable was being visited by Braden Gentry. This is the source of my question-can you out give a junior high student? Braden is in junior high and has been giving to ARM since he was in elementary school. What started as $8.00 when he was 6 is now $50 that he saved up. Bradon also supports Locs of Love and eagerly grows his hair to eventually cut and donate for cancer patients. His heart is what is the most generous of all and he is a growing example of discipleship.
The night was fairly quiet. Three college students from Auburn Wesley Foundation stayed overnight in the guest shack. Joseph Farris and Leo Gonzalez are committed servants of ARM, both serving on summer staff for two summers and working with us during the school year. Joseph is currently interning with us. Drew is the local missions coordinator with Wesley and has organized the Super Mission Saturdays. Besides the typical steady stream of college students going through town and the early morning trucks…it was pretty quiet. Only one prank to mention-my yard signs telling our story were nowhere in sight when I awoke. I took a look down the street and discovered that evidently someone did not think highly of my display skills. Easy fix- no harm, no foul. Question to ponder-is this the worst of the pranks or foreshadowing of what is to come????? Stay tuned!
Total this morning was over $34,000! Great work-My goal is to get to $45,000 today!!!