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This summer in Zambia I spent 2 weeks as a teacher mentor at Kabanana Lifeway Christian Academy. One of my favorite parts of the day was reading to the class. I would read and their teacher would translate the story. It was exciting to watch the students faces as they were drawn into the book. They would light up and they would laugh, then at the end they would discuss what the story meant. The 7th grade class' favorite books were a series about the Wemmicks, a community of wooden people who were created by a carpenter named Eli. Max Lucado couldn't have written a more perfect set of books for these kids.
Books are powerful. In America books are available. We go to book stores and fill our shelves. We download them into electronic devices. We go to libraries in our towns and schools to borrow them. We share them with friends and even buy version of them for babies who can't even read yet. We are surrounded by books!
Books are such an important part of learning. Most of the children I worked with this summer in Zambia had never even held a book until getting sponsored to attend a Lifeway Christian Academy school. It's hard to imagine not growing up with books all around. Every child should have books. Family Legacy is trying to raise $10,000 to provide bookshelves and sets of books for the 17 Lifeway Christian Academy schools located in the poorest areas of Lusaka, Zambia. Donations are tax deductible and building up these school libraries will make a huge impact on the education and lives of these students! Books are powerful!