by Billy Ray Warren
As you know, the Magnolia family sponsors two schools in the Philippines, with one of them being a night school for young people who must work during the day to help support their families. Hugh and Pacita Walker determined that students in the night school needed assistance as their school enters the digital world, so the Walkers did a search on-line and discovered slap bracelets. Now, these are not the ordinary slap bracelets; they have a flash drive embedded in one end! With these, students and teachers will be able to make assignments and complete them electronically. Hugh wrote this message to include with the 100 bracelets which will be shipped soon:
“We send these flash drive bracelets with the hope that they will aid you in your school work. Education is one of the most important things a young person can do. Education is the foundation of your future. We are proud to aid you in this quest for knowledge and hope that in this effort you will also acquire wisdom. Education can be aided by your teachers, but wisdom comes from God. We pray always for your protection and safety.”
Pacita and Hugh asked everyone present on Sunday morning, January 14, to sign the message (which we were happy to do, of course.)
By the way, Hugh says that teachers in the Philippines are expected to purchase many of their own classroom supplies even though their salaries are low. Therefore, when we ship boxes of supplies to the schools, we are assisting both the students and their instructors!
We are grateful to Pacita and Hugh for allowing the Magnolia family to be involved in this wonderful ministry.
For lack of a better term, we’re referring to the pews in the worship center located on the left side nearest where the Christmas tree sat as the Young People’s Section. That just seems to be the spot where our teenagers have always congregated. (We find that very encouraging because we distinctly remember the young people of our teen years con- gregating on the very back rows.) And what we have noted of late is that the number of young people sitting in that section has increased significantly. So, here’s a suggestion: let’s all make a point to let our young people know how pleased we are to see them there and what a joy it is to see the numbers increasing. Remember: a major barometer of the health and vitality of a church is the number of children and young people who are part of it.