Monday, July 31, 2006

School Store in Business

Nothing like saying good-bye to July and ushering in August by having the Cross & Crown School Store! It began today and continues through Wednesday. More than 65 families are served each day. Each child receives a backpack that is overstuffed with school supplies for the year including grade-appropriate suplies such as pencils, pens, erasers, glue, folders, paper, highlighters, markers, colored pencils, calculators, dictionaries, protractors, tissue, pencil case ... and most of all, prayer.

Each backpack was lovingingly assembled by volunteers and each child and family is prayed over when they come to the School Store. Each volunteer was encouraged to enjoy their day, not to be rushed, and to pray that God blesses each family in a special way.

Paul Whitmire said his wish is that the children will know that God is with them every day when they go to school.

In particular, we can continually pray for two young girls who are courageously heading back to school. They came for backpacks on Monday holding their babies. One will be in ninth grade and one in tenth grade. Pray they stay in school and their babies receive good care and nurturing.

School begins for most of these children in Oklahoma City elementary, jr. high and high schools August 21.