With a new school year beginning, members of the Auburn (Ga.) Church wanted to help families in their community get ready, so on July 21, the church hosted an Auburn Tigers Back-to-School Event.
The congregation specifically targeted the fifth-grade class and invited local families to come enjoy refreshments, crafts, and recreational opportunities. They also offered information about the Pathfinder and Adventurer clubs and had a prayer team available. Dr. Gene Brewer, member of the Auburn Church and a leading expert on how the human mind functions, spent time with the four fifth-grade teachers explaining how to maximize their students’ natural learning abilities. All in all, the event provided free supplies to approximately 95 students.
Leftover supplies were taken to the school for distribution at their open house. There, church members shared a book on praying for children with the fifth-grade teachers and the school principal, Shawn Williams.
“You folks are a real blessing!” Williams said. “These supplies will help meet a critical need among the students. About 80 percent of our students and families receive some sort of government assistance.”
As the Auburn Tiger Team discussed the event’s results and how to turn it into annual event, they also saw a need for additional support. Plans are being made to restock the school’s food pantry this fall and to continue to support the students and teachers.
Bonnie Alley, Auburn Tiger Team chairperson, reaffirmed a truth stated by Ellen White:
“Christ’s method alone will give true success in reaching the people. The Savior mingled with men as one who desired their good. He showed His sympathy for them, ministered to their needs, and won their confidence. Then He (said), ‘Follow Me.’” (Ministry of Healing, p. 143)
Written by Jeff Westberg, Auburn Church pastor