8-year-old girl raises funds for homeless men at mission

7 December 2012

UGM director Jon Rector receives a check from Makayla Bishop of Signal Mountain, Tenn.

I recently had the great pleasure of meeting Makayla Bishop. Makayla is a homeschooled 8-year-old whose family attends Sawyer Missionary Baptist Church.

I’m sure you’re wondering why I met Makayla. A few weeks ago Makayla noticed her friends selling coupon books and participating in other “fundraisers” for a number of causes. From needy children wanting “Christmas gifts” to shoeboxes for orphans to a myriad of other worthy causes.

Makayla decided that while toys are great, it is much more important that people eat! Part of Makayla’s homeschooling focus is community involvement. So she decided to raise money to feed the homeless. For several weeks, Makayla asked friends, family members, and others to help make a difference in a homeless man’s life.

Makayla and her family presented the Union Gospel Mission with a check for $204. They also brought a check from their Sunday School class for $50.

“ Not only because she took it upon herself to raise the money but that she was able to give it to you personally and was able to see the people who she would be helping,” said her mother, Heather. “She is a little shy and maybe didn’t say much to you but she has told everyone what she has done and how nice you all were to her.”

On behalf of the Union Gospel Mission I say, “Thank You,” not just for the donation, but for Makayla’s heart to meet the incredible needs people have.

If an 8-year-old girl can partner with the Union Gospel Mission in “meeting needs, making change and magnifying Christ!” — what can you do?

Thank you, Makayla, for your soft heart and hard work and the Bishop family for instilling in your children a giving attitude. May God bless you.

— JON RECTOR, director, Union Gospel Mission

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