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Cal Jernigan – Senior Pastor

When I was kid, outside of Christmas, there were two days of the year that were “simply the best.”

The first of these “best days,” by far, was the final day of school as we were released for the summer. With the promise of freedom looming on the horizon, it seemed like it would never get there. When the final bell rang on the final day, we shot out of school as if we didn’t have a care in the world . . .  cause we didn’t.

Strangely, the second “best day” of the year was when summer was over and we got to go back to school. Sounds weird, huh? Summer was always fun, but the freedom from responsibilities always became a bit tedious. Day after day of doing nothing can certainly grind on you! Who knew?

What always made this back to school day better yet, was what happened just a few days before this day. It was time to go back to school shopping. My mom and I would hit the store and buy pencils, pens, markers, notebooks, glue, a ruler and a backpack. And all these things were new! When I would get home, I’d spread it all out on the floor and begin anticipating how I would use each item in the days to come. When the first day of school finally arrived, I loaded it all in my pack and headed off to the great adventures in learning awaiting me.

Now, stop for a minute and imagine what it would be like to go to school and not have any paper to write on or pencil to write with. Imagine what it would be like to not need a pack because you had nothing to carry in it. Imagine being excited about learning without anything to stimulate your imagination. Hard to imagine, isn’t it?

Unfortunately, this is the reality for many kids and young people in our communities. They simply can’t afford these items. Some are in the Foster Care system, overlooked/invisible, others are in situations that preclude them from having the means to purchase such items.

Somebody should do something about this! Indeed. Somebody should! These kids need to know they are valued and loved and a simple backpack can go a long way toward communicating this.

Please consider the following two passages:

1 John 3:17-18 “If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”

James 1:27a “Religion that God our Father accepts of as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress…”

What if all of us in our church were to “adopt” a young person for a day? Just one day! The one day I am asking you to adopt them is on the day they go back to school! Please step into their lives and provide for them by sacrificing on their behalf!!! Please go shopping for them and make their day!

As a church, we are attempting to provide backpacks and supplies for 3000 children and young people. We can do this! You can check out this link for the specific supplies needed. Also, please consider if you might be able to do this for more than just one child. Two? Five? Ten? I already know of several men in our church who have adopted ten kids for this. Would you consider joining them??? Whatever you do, we need to get this taken care of by July 26th so we can get everything all packed up!

Thank you in advance for practicing the kind of religion that pleases our heavenly Father most! Getting this done will be one of our church’s greatest days!

The Greatest of Days

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