Bible Club in Stockton, California

 

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This week, a work team is joining the kids at The Center for Bible Club and other activities.

Here’s an inside look at a typical day with Bob and Lisa Margaron and their special kids at The Center in Stockton, California.

3 p.m.—Bob and Lisa open The Center. When the kids arrive, each child writes his or her name in the sign-up book. Then it is time to either eat a snack or check out a ball or game for recreation.

4 p.m.—Bob and Lisa round up the kids for Bible Club. First, Bob and Lisa lead prayer time after asking the kids if they have any prayer requests. Then it’s time to sing! Kids at The Center enjoy singing “I Am a C,” “Lord, I Lift Your Name on High,” and “Nothing But the Blood.” Bob and Lisa take turns telling the Bible story each day, and this special time always ends with the children memorizing a Bible verse.

5 p.m.—The Learning Center opens, giving the children the opportunity to play educational computer and board games or borrow a book from the center’s library. Bob and Lisa are also available to help the kids with homework.

6 p.m.—It’s time for The Center to close. A piece of candy is given to each child who helps clean up before closing time.

Choosing the farmer’s tan

This article is from the October 2012 issue of The Call. Read the rest of the issue and get your free subscription at www.wgm.org/call

Each year, students around the United States wait anxiously for the arrival of spring break. Most students can’t wait to hit the beaches in Florida; California; or Cancun, Mexico. But, for a few students at Mississinewa High School in Gas City, Indiana, spring break means spending the week in Honduras, working and building relationships with the students of AFE (a school for the children whose parents live and work in the city dump of Tegucigalpa). The team works hard under the hot Honduran sun and usually ends the week with some super “farmer’s tans.”

This annual trip began when Katelyn Simpson decided that there had to be more to spring break than perfect suntans and parties. Today, students are begging to go, and the waiting list is two years long. Why are so many public school students willing to go help others on their vacation?

Maddie Eaton has been on two trips and is ready to return next year. Maddie says the reason she wants to keep returning is the kids at AFE. “These kids bring a smile to my face and warmth to my heart the moment I arrive and get my first hug,” says Maddie.  Last spring, Maddie was able to share her experiences of AFE with her father, who went along as a chaperone. “I was never able to explain to my dad what AFE meant to me with just words, but with him being there, he knows and words are no longer needed,” she explained.

Student Darion Burton also experienced the life-changing effect of this missions trip. “I look at life totally different now. Before, I never thought much about the difference between wants and needs, and now I find myself asking if I really need things or could I do without and help others instead,” said Darion.  Her favorite part of the trip was “returning for my second visit. After being away for two years, I could not believe the changes in both the school and the kids.”

Maddie and Darion will always have fond memories of the work they accomplished in Honduras, but for both of them, the relationships they forged will stay in their hearts forever. I guess for these students, the “farmer’s tan” is better than the “perfect tan,” at least for one week of the year.

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Get your local high school involved in missions. Grab a few chaperones and students and plan your next spring break at www.gowgm.org/teams.

Box Tops in Action

Got these? They lurk on the sides and tops of cereal boxes, cake mixes, instant potatoes – most products produced by General Mills. The amazing thing is, these small insignificant pieces of cardboard and paper represent big blessings to Taylor Christian School in McAllen, Texas.

Betsy Tejeda recently posted this photo on Facebook, showing the brand new playground set that was earned through people saving and sending in Box Tops. Before the first swing was swung, the students and staff gathered to pray. They prayed that the playground would be a place of fun, of making new friends, and of honoring God. They offered thanks for the many people who took the time to cut out the Box Tops and send them in.

And then, pandemonium! Check out these photos to watch what happens when you release a pile of kids on a brand-new playground set. And be sure to Like Taylor Christian School on Facebook to see more updates.

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Send in your Box Tops so Taylor Christian School can continue to use this resource to earn much-needed supplies for the school. Try storing them in an envelope taped to the inside of one of your kitchen cabinets. Once it’s full, send it to WGM, PO Box 948, Marion, IN 46952. We’ll make sure it gets to McAllen!