"But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God." - Luke 18:16 KJV
Every Thursday year round, the street in front of Bob Seymour's house on Belmeade Drive is congested with cars and high school boys. This has been going on since long before the current students were born. Lately, attendance has been well over 100 every week. They have a website at http://www.biblestudytwo.com/
Bob's Fairacres neighbors are exceedingly patient, probably because of the cause - Bible study.
Click here to see the faces of Kingsport's Bible Study leaders.
My son, Zack, was invited by one of the upper classmen on D-B's football team when he was an under classman -- and he fell in love with it. Now Zack's a senior and he's helping to bring in the younger guys.
They stay after sports practice and the older guys give the younger guys a ride. I know Zack doesn't get home until after 10 pm every Thursday and he's been known to drive guys home from Boone Lake, to Colonial Heights, to Allandale, to Cloud Apartments.
It's a diverse group. It doesn't matter about income, race, social status, etc.
That said, they have adopted "Invisible Children" as their mission. What are Invisible Children? They are Ugandan children who were abducted from their parents and made to fight in a war that has been ongoing for 23 years. It is estimated that 90% of the rebel army is made up of invisible children. If you watch "Law & Order Special Victims Unit" on NBC, there was a recent episode ("Hell") whose storyline was about Ugandan refugees living in New York City. Click here for a 2-minute recap from NBC.
I've never seen my son so focused and excited about something (well, except sports).
They've been selling small wooden cross necklaces to students and I've seen them all over town. On Friday, he said he'd raised more than $200 in one day.
Zack asked me to send this invitation to my blog and I'm happy to oblige:
Invisible Children Day
Saturday, April 11, 2009
3:00 a benefit concert
by The Jeremy Curtis Band from Atlanta
Renaissance Center Auditorium
1200 E Center St Kingsport
4:30 a screening of the Invisible Children movie
hosted by folks from the
2009 Invisible Children National Tour (free!)
Will you help?