Onward with Books for the Border and Beyond

We are on the move.

As committed as ever to the needs of those along the border, we’re acknowledging that poverty exists beyond that region and throughout our state. Hence, and Beyond added to our moniker.

We’re matching, stride-for-stride, the direction of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s Together for Hope rural poverty initiative, in which our ministry is embedded. Initially focused on America’s 20 poorest counties, Together for Hope leads participating churches, groups, and individuals toward gaining a greater awareness of our biblical mandate concerning the poor, and implementing those lessons-learned in each home community.

As we move forward in 2012, addressing literacy needs on the border and in our own backyards, we fervently solicit your ideas for project expansion and effectiveness. Peruse our December 28, 2011 newsletter for more on the specific points we are pondering.

Here are a few of the exciting responses we’ve received so far:

  • The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of South Carolina is gearing up for their first Family Literacy Fair. They asked three churches to build 10 bookcases each, and had another church catch the enthusiasm and build 10 more.
  • A  Youth Leadership group in South Carolina donated $900 to buy health literacy books, Bible coloring books, and book bags. The youth have volunteered to help conduct the Literacy Fair.
  • A South Carolina ladies’ missions group donated funds and books for the Literacy Fair. When one participant realized the children’s Bible she had brought was the Books for the Border and Beyond-recommended edition, she determined to buy 35 more for the project.
  • Literacy First, Conroe, TX, gave bags of books to each child of the adult students in their ESL and GED classes this month. They provided additional bagfuls to Buckner Ministry’s Family Place.
  • First Baptist Church Conroe got in on the action by contributing the homemade book bags.
  • Habitat for Humanity in Conroe is adding bookshelves to new homes; Literacy First stocks them with books.
  • Literacy First, Conroe, provides mentors to a nearby lower-income middle school,  and uses the opportunity to place books in the hands of students.
  • Gideons International of Conroe has provided bilinear Bibles to the adults in the Literacy First program.

Inspire us with tales of literacy efforts in your community!

Igniting Hope in Amarillo

Thank you, Texas Baptists men and women, for showing up in force to support the Books for the Border & Beyond preschool reading fair at City Church, Amarillo. Your enthusiasm for the project blessed 26 children, and equipped parents and families to read together at home.

Thank you, City Church, for allowing us the opportunity to serve alongside of you for one morning. Your ongoing ministry to the people of Amarillo inspires us.

At the reading fair, children progressed through three stations where they picked out books, were read to by  volunteers, and each picked out a colorful wooden bookcase to decorate with stickers. The children toted their books in cloth bags, funded by the Mary Hill Davis Offering for Texas Missions.

Literacy Connexus places books and Bibles in homes to encourage and equip parents to read to their children, and to give families access to God’s Word.

Our mission is helping churches help people with literacy needs.

We appreciate all who helped accomplish this mission in Amarillo.



Baptist Boys Build Bookcases

The RA’s of First Baptist Church Copperas Cove powered up their drills Wednesday night and assembled bookcases for preschoolers in Amarillo. In just over half an hour, 16 bookcases stood tall, adding to others built by the 5th and 6th grade boys’ Connection Group.

Twenty-six bookcases and beginning home libraries will be given to children and their families at a family reading fair at City Church on October 25. First Baptist Church’s Just Over Youth (J.O.Y.) group donated new and used story books for the event.

Boys + power drills = chaos