Since the day I left, I have seen and felt just how amazing and necessary the body of Christ is. I have been SO uplifted and filled with joy because of your prayers and words of encouragement. It is incredible to see God’s people being knit together. So before I say anymore, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
Some of you may know that my sister, Kala, and my cousin, Kelsey are coming to visit in a few weeks. My sister has recently told me that several people have been asking if they could send her with donations for my students. You should have seen me jumping around the room when I read that email. The wheels in my head started turning when I realized just how amazing this could be if we all pull together.
I thought it would be good to sit down with my cooperating teacher and see what she thought about it and if she could help me make a list of the needs. This time, you should have seen her jumping around with excitement. She was seriously pumped at just the thought of it, so we sat down and started the list. Let me warn you, the list is extensive. It ranges from toothbrushes to base-10 blocks for math class. But I can assure you they are all NEEDS.
With how supportive and encouraging you all have been, I just know we can pull our resources together and SHOWER these students with these gifts. My only regret with it all is that I wish you could each come hand deliver your gift, so you can see the looks on the children’s faces, because they are going to be thrilled. I will make sure and take pictures when we’re passing them out.
So here its is (in no particular order):
- notebooks/writing paper
- educational games/toys
- clothes (7-8 year old children)
- teaching materials (especially math!!!)
- underwear (7-8 year old children)
- winter hats (like beanys)
- children’s books
- water bottles
- lunch boxes
- hair bands
- pencil sharpeners (not electronic, just little personal ones)
- pencil bags
- any other school or craft supply
- any pretty much anything else you think a 2nd grader might like
- I’m also working with 2 incredibly selfless teachers who could really use some desk/teacher supplies! They have to improvise quite a bit.
Okay, I think that should give you a pretty good idea. haha I hope I don’t sound to forward in this post, but I just have such a peace and excitement about what I know God is going to do through this. If you’re from my area, you can contact my sister Kala with your contributions, or any other member of my family. If you’re from the Hartville area, you can contact either my cousin Kelsey or my fiancé Brad. And if you’re from neither, you can contact who ever you want. ;)
Thank you again so much for all of your prayers and support. I have been so blessed and am so grateful. Tonight, I'm going to a homeless shelter to pray with them and minister to them, so please pray for guidance and courage. On Saturday, I’ll be going to an orphanage where several of my students live, so please pray that I would be able to pour out Jesus’ love on the children who crave it the most.
Kala: (330) 204-1206; firstname.lastname@example.org
Kelsey: (330) 933-4041; email@example.com
Brad: (330) 495-6823; firstname.lastname@example.org
My Parents: (330) 364-0099; email@example.com
My sister, Kristi: (330) 602-2136; firstname.lastname@example.org