An Unbelievable Night!

Hi Everyone,

I got a call from a friend about one month ago asking if we could help with some kids traveling cross-country from Los Angeles, CA. We can always help so I said, “Send ’em our way.” I had no idea the blessing we would receive when the kids and their sponsors arrived! After visiting the OKC National Memorial the kids and their sponsors arrived on Tuesday evening about 6:30 pm. The youth from Emmanuel Baptist Church joined us as we spent the evening together before they loaded back up at 4 am and headed to Dallas.

Twenty years ago Tonya Williams started driving a school bus in Los Angeles. She fell in love with the kids on her bus and she got involved in trying to help them, motivate them, and challenge them. Back in the old days Tonya would promise a kid, “If you raise your grades I’ll take you to see whatever you want to see.” They live 25 miles from the beach, but that was the most requested visit. For the kids who raised their grades Tonya delivered on her promise and drove the kids to the beach for the day.

Then Tonya met Sonya, another school bus driver who loves Jesus and kids. The two women became friends and sisters for the cause of Christ and the blessing of His kids. For years they have worked with kids who rode their bus and friends of those kids who heard about the lady the kids called their “god momma.” Oh the stories these two ladies can tell!

Years later I get to meet them at BCC. They are traveling with 20 kids from Los Angeles who have raised their grades and spent a year honing their leadership skills at school, home, and in their community. Now they are on a 30 day, 28 city tour of the U.S.A. They will visit 20 colleges from historical Black Colleges to
Ivy League schools. Thirty of the kids who started out on their school bus are in college at the present time! I could go on and on sharing stories with you about what God is doing through the “Godparents Youth Organization” and Tonya and Sonya, but just know that God is working in a powerful way.

I want to thank Pastor Chester West, his wonderful wife, Virginia, Youth Pastor Kevin Shaw, and the kids from Emmanuel Baptist Church for joining us. All of our kids are at KAA in Branson, MO. and the kids from LA wanted to spend some time with kids from our community. The folks at Emmanuel said, “You bet! We’ll be there.” You guys are champs! I also want to thank Ms. Bettye for making the most wonderful meal in the world to feed a hungry crew. You are the best! I am so thankful for the unexpected blessings God sends our way if we will just say, “Yes!”

In His Steps,
Mike

Father’s Day 2010
“Be The Man!” –Seek God
1 Chronicles

Today is Father’s Day. I want to take a moment to thank all of the men who have taken on the responsibility of being a father. You may have all kinds of titles attached to your name that reflect the respect you have earned in the community, but there is no title more honorable, more weighty, or more demanding than the title of “Dad.”

For many men today we have confused the temporal with the eternal. We give our best effort to that which will eventually go away and lag behind in our efforts at home. Many men are willing to lay down their lives for their job. They would never think of saying, “No” to any request made by the boss. No sacrifice is too great to gain that corner office, promotion, or end-of-year bonus, but when it comes to their home many men do not exhibit the same kind of commitment and willingness to sacrifice.

I believe there are many reasons why this is a reality for many men. For some of us, we didn’t have a dad to show us how to be a man, how a man interacts with his family, or the sacrifices that a man makes for his wife and children. With no model, no mentor, we are left to do the best we can do with what we’ve got to work with. For some other men, the workplace offers us a more controlled environment. We may be in a position of authority where we tell others what to do and they simply do it, we have people to assist us, and serve us, and we like that. At home, we’re not the “boss.” We ask our kids to clean their room and they look back at us like we’ve told them to find a cure for cancer. We bark out instructions like General Petraeus and instead of a salute, everyone within in the sound of our voice rolls their eyes. For some of us men playing golf, hanging out with the boys, and kicking up our heels is fun, carefree, and an escape from the hard work of being a husband and father. Being a dad can be challenging, frustrating at times, but it is the stuff of eternity. God has ordained us to be dads. He has called us to bless our children, teach them His Word, how to recognize His ways, and to press on through the difficulties and challenges with undying conviction and unyielding commitment. Continue reading “Father’s Day 2010
“Be The Man!” –Seek God
1 Chronicles”