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Make Mother's Day Special for Meadowfield Students

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Shandon has partnered with Meadowfield Elementary School since 2008.  Since the partnership's inception, Shandon volunteers have invested an estimated 2,287 man hours of service through school improvement/beautification efforts, the Good News Club (after school club), and hosting events--including a Mother's Day Store for the past three years.

The following post is from Pamela Gillam, parent of two Meadowfield students and chairperson of the School Improvement Council.

Learn how you can help with this year's Mother's Day Store

When I think about the Mother’s Day Store at Meadowfield that Shandon Baptist Church organizes, it makes me giddy and brings tears to my eyes!  Shandon brings to life an opportunity that most of our children do not have—the opportunity to give gifts to their loved ones on Mother’s Day!  

Did you know that 70% of the children at our school receive free or reduced lunch?  About 30 of our children receive a backpack full of food on Fridays so they do not go hungry over the weekend.  These children are parts of families who struggle to make ends meet.  Giving a special gift on Mother’s Day is really not an option for the majority if our children. 

But you and your church make it happen!  The children’s eyes light up when they enter the store and see all of the items from which they get to choose.  They take choosing a gift very seriously and select with much care.  If the teachers would let them, they would spend even more time picking out a gift!  

As many of you may can attest, we mothers and caregivers love the special treasures our children bring home to us.  I wear with pride my faux diamond and sapphire bracelet, peridot earrings (my son’s birthstone), scarf and silver purse that my children have picked out for me over the years. 

I especially love the big grins on their faces when they present me with their gifts and the stories of why they chose them.  It’s hard not to brag to my friends about these special possessions.  I mostly love to tell my friends about this wonderful opportunity Shandon has blessed our children with at Meadowfield—you make wishes come true.  Thank you! 

Pamela Gillam
Parent of a 3rd and 5th grader at Meadowfield
& Chairperson of the Meadowfield School Improvement Council

How to Help with Project Mother's Day

May 4-6, Shandon volunteers will set up and staff a Mother's Day Store at Meadowfield Elementary School, where over 600 students will have the opportunity to select a free gift for their moms.

Donate Gift Items

Donate items in your Sunday School class through April 26.

  • Stationery/Pens
  • Mugs
  • Lotion/Bath items
  • Baskets
  • Pictures & Photo Frames (8x10 or smaller)
  • Vases/Floral Arrangements/Silk Plants
  • Figurines
  • Purses/Totes/Handbags
  • Scarves
  • Table Linens

Please do not donate clothing, seasonal/holiday items or live plants/flowers.

Volunteer in the Store

Store Organization: Monday, May 4 from 9am-noon
Store Staffing: Tuesday, May 5 & Wednesday, May 6 from 9am-1pm
Store Tear-Down: Wednesday, May 6 from 1-2pm

To volunteer in the store, sign up below or contact Krystal Durant for more information:  or (803) 782-1300.

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Reflections from Haiti

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Shandon College Ministry sent a team of students to Haiti on a short-term mission trip over USC's Spring Break (March 6-14) to work with Mission of Hope, an organization based in Titanyen.  The team's goal was to serve the community in order to share the gospel with the villagers.   

The following reflection is from Dianna Colvin, a graduate student at USC. A part of our College Ministry since her freshman year , she now teaches a freshman/sophomore girls Sunday School class.

As the team and I have readjusted to the fast-paced world of the "American Dream," the Lord has continually brought my mind back to all of the little lessons He whispered to my heart during our stay in Haiti. 

While doing life with the full time missionaries, interns and Haitian believers at the Mission, the Lord began to bring new life to the verse John 15:8, “This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”

As I look back on our time planting fruit trees, painting houses, educating, forming relationships, and sharing the gospel, I can how we were able to bear the fruit needed to bring the full glory of God to Haiti, showing ourselves as true disciples.

Every day we saw the Haitian church exhibit the fruit of what God is doing in Haiti.  They exemplified the love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control that Galatians 5 lists.  Even as a temporary member of that body, I couldn't escape noticing those qualities...and they were contagious!  

While I started the week straining and reaching for peace and love, I found that I was able to "cease striving" and instead revel in the freedom of having no other choice but to be loving and joyful as we shared the gospel, "striving according to His power, which works mightily within me" (Colossians 1:29).  Nothing lacked purpose and no accomplishment for His kingdom was too small to celebrate. 

Working in an atmosphere of complete submission to Christ left no more room for myself and opened my heart to a degree of Christian fellowship that I had never before experienced.  When every part of  life is lived with purpose and for a Good greater than oneself, we combat that modern idol of affirmation.  We stop comparing ourselves, constantly stacking ourselves against others to find our worth.  When we give this idol the power to exalt and condemn us, instead of enjoying the amazing experiences the Lord has given, we edit, filter and put forth our best "Instagram-worthy" pictures.  We hide the parts of our lives that are a little too real, a little too rough. 

When we give this idol the power to exalt and condemn us, instead of enjoying the amazing experiences the Lord has given, we edit, filter and put forth our best 'Instagram-worthy' pictures.  

When we began our mission experience in Haiti, I was almost paralyzed by a fear that I would miss out on just the right shot of the sweet village children, overlook the beautiful scenery or fail to have the perfect conversations with the villagers in order to have the best stories and Facebook photo album on my return to the States.  Through God's grace, I was finally able to shut out the voice in the back of my head telling me that I would regret missing any opportunity to have the “perfect” mission trip experience and instead simply let the Holy Spirit lead me and minister through me for His glory and good purposes.

Now, as I transition back to "real life," I hear the Holy Spirit whisper these words:

“Do not forget the things your eyes have seen!”  (Deuteronomy 4:9) and “Do not forget the moments when you 'took hold of the life that was truly life' (1 Timothy 6:17)."

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