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Colorado Springs South Church Children Reach Out to Children of Paradise »
Steve Hamilton, former Youth Director for the Rocky Mountain Conference, had scarcely moved to Paradise, California to fill the position of senior pastor for the Paradise Church when a severe forest fire burned his home and church to the ground.
When the youngest Sabbath School children of Colorado Springs South Church heard of this tragedy on our sister church, they wanted to do something special for the children of the Paradise Church who had lost their homes. For three Sabbaths, they collected money from church members as well as other friends and family to aid the Paradise children.
After arrangements with Pastor Hamilton, Elijah Lujan, 11 years old, called Pastor Steve on his phone on Sabbath morning, December 22, at precisely 11:30 (10:30 Steve’s time), after the children’s offering had been collected. Elijah expressed his sympathy for the Paradise families, especially the children, and informed Steve of the funds they had collected which are to be used to do something nice for the children. Then Logan Eata, age 14, took the phone and prayed for Hamilton family and the children of his church.
The funds collected by Colorado Springs South children amounted to:
$ 662.32 - for the Paradise Church children.
$ 275.00 - for the Northern California Conference.
$ 150.00 - for the Southern California Conference.
-- Jack Bohannon; photos supplied