Thanks for visiting our website and learning about our charity that helps children in China stay in school.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Several opportunities for Blessing Hands to find new sponsors for our students have come lately. I hope some of you will be able to come to these events in Morehead and choose a student to sponsor. If you are not in Morehead, you can still sponsor one of our students. See the middle school students on this site. They all need sponsors. $35 a semester makes such a difference to them.
The Whole Month of April
The Yangshuo Art Show
April 1st through the 30th.
The most exciting opportunity is our art show that will be at the Rowan County Arts Center for the month of April.
The opening reception will be Sunday April, 5th from 1-3 p.m.
The Morehead Theatre Group is producing the play Steel Magnolias this weekend, so folks can come to our reception and then attend the play. We also plan to have someone at our BLessing Hands table during the intermission of the play.
The art show features art by Yangshuo, China professional and student artists. They have sent paintings to be sold for the benefit of our Blessing Hands kids in Yangshuo. The professional paintings and the student paintings will be in a silent auction for the whole month. Come get some great buys. The student art is so outstanding that we had postcards made of them. We will send you one if you tell us you want one.
The professional paintings are by artists who are drawn to Yangshuo by the beautiful scenery to paint. Yangshuo is known all over the world for their beautiful mountains and for the art that is inspired by them. Mayor Li, who is a famous artist in his own right, encouraged the members of the Yangshuo Artist's Association to donate their paintings to our show. He sent two of his own calligraphy pieces and gave us a private tour of his studio.
The government of Pubei also contributed to our show by sending several calligraphy scrolls. Luo Xianxin, the government leader there, is very supportive of our scholarship students. He personally found a donor to fund two $500 college scholarships last fall.
We invite you to enjoy our show and support our students. There is also a great display upstairs of quilt square art from the local Rowan County Schools, who are Sister Schools with Yangshou Schools. Come see how creative the Yangshuo and Rowan County kids are.
Farmer's Christian Academy Spring Bazaar
April 4, 2009 9 a.m to 3 p.m
This Saturday is the Spring Bazaar at Farmer's Christian Academy. Blessing Hands has been invited to have an information table.
Lesley Tackett is the head teacher at Farmer's Christian Academy. She is very interested in China and hopes to go there someday. Her school is a Sister School to Puyi Primary School in Yangshuo, China. They have sent two boxes of items to their Sister School this year.
The schools' Spring Bazaar is Saturday, April 4th from 9 am - 3 pm at the House of Prayer Church, 600 Whispering Oaks Road, Farmers, KY.
Vendors will have items to sell, so come on out for a day's adventure if you live in the Morehead area. There will be a restaurant open for breakfast and lunch as well as pony rides and games for kids. Bazaar proceeds will be used to send their seven medal winning students to the International student Convention in Warrensburg, Missouri in May.
ADUC ART SALE
April 14 and 15th
The Phi Beta Lamba business group is hosting a table for Blessing Hands kids at Adron Doran University Center the 14th and 15th of April from 10 am to 2 pm. They will have some of our kids' paintings for sale on the second floor and sponsor and pen pal cards on display.
Last year our "Pick Me" campaign was where Johnathan Thornsberry volunteered to help us withmovies. This semester he is our film intern. He has recently produced several public service announcements.
This is him in the white shirt last April.
You can see some of his Blesssing Hands movies at these links. Maybe we will find other volunteers who will help our kids this year.
On March 22nd, I was invited to represent Blessing Hands in a community spotlight interview at Cornerstone's Fusion of Music, Faith and Community. Coffee house guests were invited to the Morehead Folk Art Center for fun and fellowship. I had a good time talking about Blessing Hands, and four students got new sponsors.
I want to thank the Well Fellowship for their support of our kids.
I am a mother and housewife that loves China and children. The two interests
have come together in serving the children of China who need help with
educational needs. I started as a teacher in an English summer camp and got to
know the teachers first. When I toured their schools and met their precious
students, I could see many needs and decided to try to help. I first started a
fund to assist children with tuition, but it has expanded into a 501(c)(3)public
charity granting money for textbooks and school supplies for primary school and
lower middle school students and tuition for older students.