WEEKLY NEWS AUGUST 27, 2017

ANOTHER THANK YOU NOTE

Dear Highland Lakes Church of Christ,

Thank you so much for your generous donation to our School Supply Fund.

The gratitude expressed by our parents and the joy in our students faces as they received their school supplies is all because of you! We feel so blessed to be a part of this community.

Thank you, Packsaddle Family

. . . and Another One . . .

Dear Church of Christ Members,

Once again the breakfast was outstanding. Every year we look forward to the food and fellowship. Thank you for all that you do for our staff and students. We are truly blessed to be a part of this caring and generous community.

Sincerely, Packsaddle Family

DINNER TOGETHER

If you are planning to go with the group to the monthly Thursday night dinner, there is a sign-up sheet on the table in the back of the auditorium. The dinner will be on Thursday, September 14th.

human-footprints_318-46627BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES

What a blessing to be able as a congregation to be able to help support Amanda Chumalo as a student to South African Bible College where she is training to be a Christian counselor to women. What follows is her latest report. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. For the elders, Ken D

Dear Brethren, I have been working with Buhle Park Church of Christ since November 2016.

It has been a life changing experience, when I first started teaching the kids who did not know what the Old and New Testament was. Those who knew of stories in the Bible knew only one and others knew none.

Our congregation is very small currently. We are based in one of the fellow Christian’s home and my class is held outside, sometimes under a tree and if it is raining in one of the bedrooms in the house.

Regardless of the difficulties and challenges, I really love what I do. I enjoy working with kids most especially in the Church. The thought that I am planting a seed of Christianity in a little girl’s or boy’s heart and that tomorrow they might make exceptional teachers, preachers and evangelists of the Gospel, makes me very happy.

I am also thankful to Aunty Beverly Lothian for passing her teaching skills to me. If it wasn’t for her afternoon classes with the other female students I don’t think I would be as skilled and passionate at my craft. I don’t consider what I do work or a job but to me it is a craft, it is something I enjoy. My class on an average day is a group of 7 kids (1 girl & 6 boys) and most days they bring their friends and that would sometimes make them 10 or 13. I constantly have to make sure I have an extra 5-6 resources of which I manage to get from my own pocket.

When I am unwell or feel down or stressed because of assignments I always leave there feeling new. They bring out the best in me. Funny enough all 7 of them remind me of myself. I remember teaching on the Creation, and I had asked them to guess what God had created first, and one of the boys shouted his answer and said “God created houses and electricity”. I couldn’t help but laugh.

There are days I feel discouraged teaching is not easy, at times you think your student or rather in this case, kids don’t get what you are saying or just don’t like you. I am prepared to go an extra mile for those kids. I will keep on being the best I can be, in order that one day I may see them being effective Christian adults.

Thank you for making it possible for me to study here.

Amanda

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