A call for HELP,
Visualize that you are driving down a country road with your car windows in the hills of western
Lawrence county. You notice a large pasture on your right hand side and in the distance you can
see there is a pond in the middle of the pasture. As you travel a little farther you can now see there
is a single log floating in the middle of the pond. Just as your vehicle become parallel to the pond,
you glance down and you can see a young child clinging on to the back side of the log
and you here the child make a universal plea.............. "HELP"
Now what are you going to do! Say to yourself "I don't have time to go help that child today, I'm too busy.
I have things to do of my own.
I have to go to the grocery store.
I need to mow my yard.
I have to go to a church meeting.
I need to clean my house.
I have to do the laundry.
I need to go fishing.
I just don't have time to go help that child right now!
No....No....No Your going to jam the brake with you foot and bring your car to a sudden screeching sliding and
abrupt halt. As you left hand flings the drivers' door open as your right hand grabs your cell phone, you are now running
toward the pond dialing 911 and screaming into the cell phone "there a child drowning in a pond on
Hwy 214 1 1/2 mile south of Smithville...send help NOW! You reach the edge of the pond....
You can see the child is about to give up and go under.......
What are your going to do????????????????????????????????????????????
HELP Stands for the Hoxie Education and Learning Partnership. WE are calling for you to HELP.
We have some children in this community whose lives are in peril, their physical life is not in jeopardy like that
child hanging onto the log, but their academic and learning potential is in just as a precarious circumstance.
I believe we started changing our current course last night. We had several different denominations stop
focusing on ourselves and start looking at community issues. Last night the sheriff department demonstrated
the physical way to manufacture crack on the front row of the Methodist church, the officers described the
horrors of drug use in Lawrence County and showed how easy it could be cooked and produced from poisons that
are all available inside our own city limits. Narcotics Anonymous staff talked about the need to step out
on faith and love the unloved to rescue the souls of those hooked on drugs
especially with a significant increase of women hooked on crack in Hoxie and Walnut Ridge.
The John 3:16 Ministries testified that crack is the devil's brew and after losing his health, marriage,
kids and going to prison he was reborn as a new man through Jesus Christ.
Baptist, Methodist, Church of Christ, Assembly of God and New Beginning Churches started a
dialog of talking about focusing on the community together to reduce the impact of drugs in
Hoxie/Walnut Ridge and Lawrence County.
Too many lives are being lost to the devil and we as united Christians men and women are going to
quit ignoring the problem and start reaching out to our neighbors who are in trouble.
This is phase one in taking back our community.
The next is for you to volunteer to HELP. Our focus for the remainder of the year is to prove our value by assisting teachers
in any manner possible. We will do one on one mentoring during school hours, assist teacher with coping, lunch duty or
anything else that will free up a teachers time so they can focus more on individual students. I have faith that other Christians
will join us in the weeks to follow.
So a child is asking for your HELP! Now what are you going to do! Say "I don't have time"!!!!!!!
This little email sounds good for someone else (but not me) I'm too busy.
You are now at the edge of the pond and you can see the child is about to give up.
HAVE FAITH DIVE IN AND HELP it might be your child.
I have ask the Hoxie Elementary Principal to have teachers start developing a list of needs(K-6) so we can
begin HELP. This is a community Christian issue, We hope to have several denominations involved in the next few weeks.
We also plan to extend HELP standing for HOMETOWN EDUCATION AND LEARNING PARTNERSHIP
TO WALNUT RIDGE AND BLACK ROCK before the end of the school year.
More to follow in the next few days.