We joined Literacy Connexus . . .
In June, 51 teenagers and adults from Calvary Lutheran Church in Richland Hills traveled to El Cenizo, TX, a colonia just outside of Laredo, for a mission trip. In addition to building projects, a community garden and day camp, members of the Calvary team built bookcases for our first ever family reading fair at Agua Viva Lutheran Church.
Families were invited to share a meal, paint bookcases and select up to 10 story books. They were also given an age appropriate bilingual Bible and the book, What to Do When Your Child Gets Sick--presented with instruction by Dr. Robert Machos on how to use it. Over 1,000 books had been collected through donations from individuals and the HEB Read 3 program.
The event was described as controlled chaos by Youth Director Janelle Miller. "I had one mother who was upset because we gave each family only one paint brush . . . with the goal of them working together. The next day that same mother came up to the church and told Pastor Marianna that was the first time she and her children had ever worked on a project together." Many of the brightly painted bookcases were covered with hand prints from family members.