Small acts make a great difference

Posted: July 26, 2013 by efenster in Ideas, Stories
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BibleI had the opportunity to hear April Maley speak, who wrote the book entitle I  Will Not Be Silent.  This young woman shared about growing up with an abusive alcoholic father, who eventually shot and killed her mother.  She was only nine years old, and many times she found herself acting as the parent of her three younger siblings.

Church was never a part of her family’s life, let alone the Bible.  But thanks to an invitation from a girl in her neighborhood, she attended a church when she was five.  Although she didn’t continue attending, she remembers being taught the song, “Jesus Loves Me” and receiving a Gideon’s Bible.  She said that many, many days during her years of abuse it was that song that she would turn to.

What seems insignificant–an invitation to a young neighbor, a trite children’s song, a little book–can make a huge difference in people’s lives, people like April.  Small acts can make a great difference!

— Ed Fenstermacher, Associate Director for Church Development

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