Back to school time!

It’s been a whirlwind of activity around here lately as we try to adjust to a new school year, and a new routine of school and extracurricular activities.  My kids are still a part of a wonderful hybrid classical school, where they attend three days a week and are home schooled two days a week.  This year, I joined them in going back to school… as a teacher there one day a week!  I’m greatly enjoying being back in a classroom (I can’t believe it’s been 10 years!) and am so thankful for this opportunity.  We love our school and our teachers, and are so grateful the Lord has allowed us to continue to be a part of the sweet vibrant community there.

As children all over my city have gone back to school, I have spent some time wondering about children around the world who do not have this luxury.  Did you know that…

  • The largest out-of-school population is in sub-Saharan Africa, where around 45.5 million children of primary school age are out of school?
  • Of the 67 million primary-school-age children who do not attend school, 53 percent are girls?
  • The world’s functional illiterates include more than 130 million children who do not attend school, 73 million of them girls?

Did you also know though, that you can make a difference in changing these numbers?  Thanks to the work of Compassion International, children all around the world are being sponsored so that they can afford basic needs and education.  Often times, however, the basic amount of sponsorship costs may not include all of the textbooks needed to help make a huge difference for the child in gaining literacy and, as a result, have a brighter future.

Recently, my family received a picture in the mail that brought us so much joy.  It’s of Princess, one of our sponsored children through Compassion, in her school uniform… with her books beside her.  So much hope.  So much future.  So much God has in store for her. And to think He’s given us the blessing to play a small part in that?  Amazing and humbling.

If you are interested in giving to Compassion’s textbook fund so that more children around the world can stand proudly next to their books, you can go here.

School may be over for many of us “grownups,” but for the rest of our lives, we can always play a part in allowing it to begin for someone else!

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He would have been 39 today… this man so full of talent and diligence, and most of all, love for the Lord and for all those around him.  The kids would have showered him with homemade cards and drawings and I would have racked my brain for awhile to think of a gift for him, as he was usually pretty hard to shop for. JAnd of course, we would have joked about it only being a year until he went “over the hill.” 
Instead, we spend the day missing him, but celebrating his safety and healing and a little envious of his being face to face in the presence of our Savior for 18 months now.   It brings us joy to know that every need and want Bryan ever had for his life on each of his birthdays has now been fulfilled in heaven for all eternity.  We move forward remembering him and letting his compassion for others impact the way we live each day the Lord allows us to continue our lives here on earth.    Bryan doesn’t need our gifts any more – but others do.
Maybe today, you are remembering the life of this great man because he impacted your life too.  Or maybe, you never had the blessing of knowing him.   Regardless, you can be a part of continuing to honor him on his birthday by giving to an organization he loved. 

Man Up & Go is passionate about showing Jesus’ love to those who may feel like the outcasts of society – the poor, sick, widowed, orphaned, and/or homeless.   Working mainly in Africa, the team desires to take continual trips and have on the ground resources that help to make a difference and fulfill the mandate of James 1:27, both practically and spiritually.  Through several trips they have already taken, relationships have been built, but the list of needs has also grown.  

Bryan loved the leadership team of Man Up & Go, and repeatedly wanted to help support their mission.  Will you help continue his heart’s desire today, by giving a special gift to Man Up & Go?    Even $5 can make a difference.  You can go here to give a tax deductible gift. 

Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts. 

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