June 4-5, 2011
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On Saturday we congratulated the Nada graduates in a big way: Charlene Helton, Mark Branham, and Albert Gray. We were able to present them with many useful, fun, and meaningful gifts and cards. Your generosity made an impression. Our children created a beautiful “Congratulations!” banner. Many from the Nada community were there to cheer for the graduates. Everyone is especially proud of Charlene. Brenda and I were able to attend her senior awards night. Charlene collected 14 prestigious scholarships and awards, including valedictorian with a perfect grade point average, PTO student of the year, the principal’s leadership award, and a statewide award for an essay she wrote. She has had to overcome many hardships to accomplish what she has.
On Sunday morning our youth and children helped lead in worship at the Nada Baptist Mission, with interpretive movement, music, guitar and bass accompaniment, scripture reading, and prayers. We had two children for the book club, which is more than we’ve ever had. We were able to give away books and thanks to your contributions, we left the mission with a large collection of good quality children’s books. On Saturday night three Nada residents joined us for a fun night at the Legend’s game.
Charlene seemed interested in us attending her graduation, so three youth volunteered to go along with Brenda Farmer and Dianne Stillwell on Sunday afternoon. The rest of us visited an elderly couple in the community and delivered a gift basket. Elmer and Lilian Branham had many funny and serious stories about life growing up in the mountains in Nada, the railroad through Nada tunnel, walking to school in knee deep snow, working in the saw mill for a quarter a day, and the two of them traveling on one bicycle.
You should be proud of your 27-member Nada mission team. Everyone—children, youth and adults—was ready and willing to jump in and do whatever needed to be done. Everyone worked hard, was cooperative, and got along well together. The youth were very good with our children. Even when our third vehicle broke down, the group was patient and helpful. They served with compassion and grace. When you see them, thank them for representing our church and ask them about their trip.
Nada Mission Team 2011:
Justin Johnson (yes, there are two)
Sarah Beth Miller