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School Supplies!

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We are collecting school supplies so that our kids can start the year well-equipped. Every year we drop off supplies before school starts to the children who regularly attend our Bible Clubs. 

We especially need:  1. Loose-leaf paper  2. Composition books  3. Spiral Notebooks and  4. Pencils/Pens. 
New Covenant Church on Bemiss Road is our drop-off spot during normal hours or during Sunday morning service. 
If you don’t want to shop (don’t blame you!), you can give by mailing a check to P.O. Box 3903 Valdosta, GA 31604 or online with the "DONATE" button on the left side of your screen! 


July 2018

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First Things First: I apologize. I haven’t sent out a newsletter all year! Yes, our family had a lot going on (stay tuned for family news!), but our friends need to know what is going on! Please forgive me. Communication is a priority so please check us out on Facebook (facebook.com/hishandsvaldosta) and read all our news and subscribe to our blog.
2018 News: In May, we wrapped up our 18th year of His Hands Bible Club! In addition to our weekly meetings, we went on a field trip to the Cane Maze and had an Easter Egg hunt in the park. In our classrooms, we added books, logic games/puzzles, and Lego sets: Educational resources that many of us take for granted in our homes. They have been a hit! Next week the kids who had excellent attendance and behavior are going to Wild Adventures!
This year, we began writing our own Bible Club curriculum (thank you, Mrs. Nancy!). Because many of our kids do not read on grade level, we are usually left with choosing between lessons they struggle to follow…

Summer Enrichment DayCamp 2013

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We normally suspend our regular weekly activities during the summer, to participate in summer camps and to spend time planning the next year.This year we decided to continue our weekly meetings, but to make them a little extra fun!Our weekly summer “Enrichment DayCamp" had an emphasis on fun, educational activities such as art, dance, and drama— an exposure to activities not normally available to them.We also partnered with South Georgia Regional Library’s summer reading program!!
(Scroll Down For Pictures!!)
We had volunteers teach Science, where the kids blew up Ivory Soap in the microwave one day, and made bread AND butter on another.
In Music and Movement, the kids sang and danced until they were exhausted...and so was their teacher!
In drama….oh, the drama!The kids had so much fun in drama, where they were able to act on a REAL stage.They practiced their lines and learned two skits, as well as learning the meaning of “stage left” and other terms.
In Art, they created some…

Summer Camp!

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Summer Camp is a BIG DEAL for our kids.  They work hard all year to earn the points (through Bible Club attendance and good behavior) to go, and start asking in earnest starting as early as January: "Mrs. Mary, am I going to get to go to camp this year?"

This year we have 14 teens and 15 kids who have earned a week at a wonderful camp hosted by New Life Church in Lake Park, GA.  The leaders of this camp radiate love for our kids, and they do an awesome job making the experience fun AND fruitful.  The camp provides a discounted price for our group, and we have raised $645 toward the total cost.  We need to raise another $1240 by July 6.  God is so faithful to us, and we are confident that the funds will come in!

If you would like to contribute to our Summer Camp Goal, just $65 will send a deserving child to a week full of love, acceptance, peace, and good teaching from His Word.

Donations can be given safely online using the link below, or checks can be mailed to: His Hands, …

Been A While

It's been a while since we posted anything here.  OK, it's been a LONG while!

Between an adoption, a move, and lots of other things in between, we have definitely missed the mark with communication.  Thank God for His grace and mercy, right?  We intend to do better from now on to keep our family, friends, and supporters up-to-date with news from the ministry!

Thank you for your patience!

Love, Mary

A First!

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Last week I had the priviledge of being invited to a first for His Hands- a wedding! 
I've attended many funerals.  Funerals for mamas, grandmothers, even children.  But never, before now, a wedding!
Kim's children have been attending Bible Club for a couple years.  She's a hardworking mom who has gone from being homeless to living in the projects to having a little house on a relatively quiet street.  I've always been impressed with her boyfriend, Ellis.  He is softspoken and seems kind.  When they lived in the projects, he would wait outside next to the curb for the children to come home from Bible Club so that he could walk them into the apartment.
Last week, Ellis walked out the van after I dropped the kids off and shyly announced the news: "Mrs. Mary, me and Kim's gettin' married on Friday." 
"Congratualtions!" I cheered as I shook his hand.  He just beamed.  "I want to come!"  He beamed more.
So I went to the courthouse, in…

Love and Sex

Teen pregnancy is a major component in the continuing pattern of poverty and despair faced by our families.  The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy says the chances of a child growing up in poverty if: (1) the mother gave birth as teen, (2) the parents were unmarried when the child was born, and (3) the mother did not receive a high school diploma or GED are:
• 27% if one of these things happen.
• 42% if two of these things happen.
• 64% if three of these things happen.
• But, if none of these things happen, a child’s chance of growing up in poverty is 7%.
Our teen girls are getting a Biblical perspective on love and sex with Bible lessons from The Mailbox Club. While the lesson content is excellent, the stories are slightly outdated (they refer to boys as "fellows", and talk about "going steady"), and when we went over the first lesson over the nature of true love and the three types of love, it was a disaster.  The girls were giggling hysterically and resist…