Special to The Truth
On Saturday August 26, 2023, members of the St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church sponsored a picnic along with a “Backpack.” give-a-way to all of the youth from the church and surrounding area.
The message this year was (YOUTH) “Continue to strive forward ” The Youth Department and the Christian Board of Education, led by Sister Yvonne Gayle, Sister Mary Reed, Sister Pamala Clark, J’Vann Winfield, Aufwiedersehen Winfield and Sister Sherando Diggins, pulled the plans together as well as the American Baptist Men prepared the meats. It was a very spirit filled occasion, which our Youth look forward to every year.
This year, the backpacks were sponsored by one of the church members from St. Paul, Sister Valeria Simmons Walston, representing The University of Toledo. The celebration was blessed to have Councilman John Hobbs III who was able to come by and say a few words concerning the district which he serves.
State Senator Paula Hicks Hudson was in attendance along with members of the Buffalo Soldiers, such as Brother Earl Mack. Each year the Church sponsors more than 65-plus backpacks with needed supplies for each student according to grade level.
Thanks to all of the supportive members, family, community and friends who made this event a very worthwhile occasion. We look forward to more to come. Pastor Rev. Dr. James H. Willis, Sr and First Lady Linnie B. Willis.