The Journey Continues: Melinda Hall

My journey this week took me to First Baptist Church to observe its commitment to ministry for children this summer. Two major events define this effort:

The first is Camp PhisherKidz, an all-day camp for four days completed last Thursday night with a PhisherKidz Rally. Two-hundred fifty-six children were registered. Each day was filled with crafts, music, recreation, outdoor activities and storytelling. Field trips included swimming, gymnastics, bowling and a movie. Enter Melinda Hall, minister to preschool and children, who has directed PhisherKidz for the past ten years. Her experience at First Baptist goes back to when she was in the fifth grade. Her forte is coordinating 100 volunteers; they respond and respect Melinda. She is phenomenal on recall of students from past years. Year-round Melinda also leads Children’s’ Time at morning worship. She is an encourager for families. Her life verse is, “But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” 

Joshua 24:15b

This verse can serve all of us to determine what can/will control us– control by your own personality or God’s spirit, Melinda is married to David Hall, an educator and they have two daughters.

The second is Joy Reading Club, scheduled for July 24 – Aug. 11. Joy reading Club is an outreach sponsored by First Baptist Deacons for ages K-12. Each day will begin with a nutritious lunch prepared and served by the summer nutrition program of SMCISD. After eating and with parent permission, the children may participate in a one-on-one reading program using classic Bible stories text and every week a special guest will share a Bible story to the group.  

The technology of today will create great opportunities for children but is to no avail if a person cannot read, volunteer Susie Taylor said, “If a child can read, that child can do anything.” In Matthew 18:5-6 Jesus once scolded his adult disciples. “But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” Stern words.

Improving a child’s reading skills and showing God’s love is pleasing to the Lord. Call First Baptist at 512-392-3377 for information on how to participate. 

San Marcos Daily Record

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