10-Year-Old Making a Difference
London Loree Johnson is a 10-year-old fifth-grader at South Bay Jr. Academy in Torrance, Calif. Last year London completed a huge goal—she read 1,000 books in one year! On Jan. 7, 2020, she read her 1,000th book aloud – live on Facebook – and it happened to be her first authored book, called London and the 1000 Books. We brought you that story one year ago on All God’s People. She’s been busy this past year, not only with remote learning, but also finding ways to continue volunteering during the pandemic. Parts of London’s story have been told in news articles in Business Insider and the Washington Post. CNN is releasing an article soon which includes London’s views on remote learning and what she’s learned during the pandemic. London and her classmates returned to in-classroom learning at South Bay Jr. Academy on Monday, Feb. 22.
Personal Ministries at San Marcos Church
Our church has a longstanding and firm biblical foundation to feed the hungry, and the San Marcos church in San Diego County has taken up this call. Church member Doug Rosendahl began a personal ministry to help feed hungry veterans and others in the San Marcos, Calif., area. Pastor Jim Park, Pacific Union personal ministries coordinator, joined with him to begin a weekly food distribution to the community starting in January 2019. Within four months, nearly 100 people were coming to their Manna Mesa food bank on a weekly basis. Every week new aspects were added to the ministry. Volunteers started to help, wearing aprons printed with the logo. With over 1,000 names from the community in their database, the church is now planning on how to best follow up the positive response to their feeding program. There are plans to hand out Discover Bible lessons to those who are interested—beginning with the 20 non-Adventist volunteers who come and help on a weekly basis and then expanding to those who visit the food bank.
Prescott Students Partner with Community for Career Days, Service Days, and More
Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and not being able to participate in their normal activities this school year, the students at Arizona’s Prescott Adventist Christian School were still able to partner with small business owners, professionals, and members in their local community. Each Friday, K-8 students participate in clubs, career days, or service days. Career days allow for visits with a professional to learn about different jobs. Service days provide opportunities for students to serve the elderly or needy in their community. These partnerships expose the community to the presence of the school and allow the school to advertise and support community members. A win-win for everyone—and a wonderful opportunity for the students!
Adventist Book Center Black History Month Sale
In celebration of Black History Month, all books and music by African American writers and musicians are 20% off at your local ABC or at adventistbookcenter.com during the month of February. Be sure to check out the 94 items listed on their website before the end of February.
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“I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.”
– Acts 10:34-35 NIV