WMU collecting children's books as part of Spring Event in April

Churches should get started collecting K-3 children's books right away for Spring Event set for April 21-22 at Second Baptist Church in Warner Robins


As a homeschool mom, I’ve created something of a problem at my house.  I’ve raised ferocious readers.  C.S. Lewis, Tolkien, Laura Ingalls, and many other classic authors line our shelves along with missionary stories recorded by Rosalie Hunt and Elisabeth Elliot.

It won’t be long before procuring more shelving is added to my husband’s honey-do list.  What a good problem.

I believe God put a love of story in our hearts to woo us into reading His Word.  Reading it, we can be swept up into the narrative stories of the Old and New Testaments.

Our hearts can be stirred and called to worship as we read the poetry of Psalms unlike anything Robert Frost ever penned. 

We are sharpened through wisdom literature of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, richer than any of the heavy non-fiction my son gets on hold at our library for his varying interests.

Learning to read typically begins with picture books, and Georgia Baptist Woman’s Missionary Union wants to get good picture books into the hands of tutors and children involved in our Read Georgia program. 

We will be partnering with Mission Georgia in April to make this happen. As part of our Spring Event, we will be collecting books appropriate for kindergarten through third grade. 

On Friday, April 21, beginning at 3 p.m., we will have stations set up to pack backpacks to assist tutors and the children.  We will have opportunities to write notes for students and faculty.

That evening, we will have a time of prayer for the three schools that will be receiving them. 

Throughout the afternoon, Belinda Harris, serving on the Georgia Baptist Literacy Missions Team, will be available for every woman who would like to get further involved.  She will also be leading a breakout session on Saturday, April 22.

We invite you to bring a book (or a few) and join us for the fun of working together to meet the needs of children in Georgia.  Be a part of praying that as the kids learn to read, their hearts will be drawn to the One who has already written their stories.

To register for Spring Event, go to georgiabaptistwomen.org/springevent.

Lauren Sullens is a pastor's wife, home school mom, and president of Georgia Baptist Woman's Missionary Union.


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