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Bible lesson stimulates Monumental Baptist youth to aid Somalia

 

The study of Naomi in the Book of Ruth provided the backdrop for a youth Sunday School’s recent outreach ministry project at Monumental Baptist Church. Special to the Tri-State Defender

The study of Naomi in the Book of Ruth provided the backdrop for a youth Sunday School’s recent outreach ministry project at Monumental Baptist Church.

 
 Youth Sunday School Coordinator Bobbie Thompson is the point person as Monumental Baptist Church Youth Sunday School students present Deacon Board Chairman James Short with a check for funds raised to aid Somalia’s famine victims. (Photo by Tyrone P. Easley)

Students became more aware of the devastation of famines in Biblical times and were soon presented a current day example of famines’ toll on people’s lives. When news accounts of the famine in Somalia increased, Sunday School teachers at Monumental shared information about the plight of Somali families and especially the country’s children.

During September, which was Christian Education Month at the Church, the youth participated in a Somalia Outreach Ministry project, praying for the children of Somalia on a regular basis and donating funds to provide food and needed supplies for them. At one point, students were asked to give up eating candy and to donate money they would have spent buying candy to the project. Teachers wanted to draw students’ attention to the blessing they enjoy of having plenty to eat and the luxury of having plenty of food choices, while children in Somalia were unable to get food needed to live.

Ten-year-old Alexius Reed decided to contribute the $17.01 she had saved in her piggy bank.

Maiya Wilkes, an 11 year old, made an appeal to the congregation to open their hearts and pray for the children of Somalia and “then open (their) pocket books and give (the children) a chance just to be children.” The congregation readily supported the project.

At the end of September, students were able to contribute over $1,200 to help the Somali children.  Pastor Samuel Billy Kyles encouraged the youth to continue their outreach ministry.

“Children learn best what it means to be Christian disciples by practicing discipleship,” said Kyles.

“As a result of this outreach project, I don’t think they will soon forget the impact they can have on others. Also, they will be much more aware of the suffering of peoples around the world and how blessed they are.”

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