Thursday, November 17, 2011

What One Youth Can Do

What One Youth Can Do
This story is true and all about "making a difference"! 

Several months ago, Ed and I traveled to Clanton, Alabama, at the gracious invitation of the U.S. Corps of Chaplains National Commander, Chaplain Phil Burnette for their 7th Annual National Conference. God gave us some powerful Chaplain connections to reach Responders at that Convention itself, as well as at a Restaurant where twice we ate dinner! The youth on the far right (pictured above), was our waiter. Mason was extraordinary...always addressing us as "Sir" and "Ma'am". Of course, Ed and I were dressed in our Operation Safety 91 dress shirts, which soon became the topic of conversation. Mason immediately caught the cause of OS91 and got an idea. We exchanged contact info and said good-bye.

A couple of weeks later, after we returned to Florida, we reconnected with Mason and he requested the plastic Psalm 91 cards and the Psalm 91 books for Military for the local Firefighters of Clanton. Then, all on his own, with no help from us, Mason shared Operation Safety 91 with his Youth Group, "Youth Alive", and got them on board taking up donations at their High School to help us make more plastic Psalm 91 cards for Responders. The result? $286!!! Translated: that is nearly 3,000 Psalm 91 cards which will be given free to Responders all over the U.S. and Afghanistan! 

Pictured above are members of "Youth Alive" from left to right: Hunter, Nicholas, winning classroom teacher Coach "T", Stevie, and Mason. A most heartfelt Thank You to all these special High School students, especially Mason, whose vision and generosity extends to the Responders who will receive the Psalm 91 cards! Mason said: "I had a ton of help from the other guys in 'Youth Alive' and the cooperation of the faculty at my high school...they were a HUGE help! This really means so much to me. It's just awesome to be used by God to help you help Military and humbling too.

Operation Safety 91 commends you all and we hope that your commitment will be shared by many more youth and adults in the future. God bless you!

That's what one youth with a vision can do!!! 

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