Do big things.
That was the message and expectation Hardy S. Bennings III shared with area children Aug. 14 during the last meeting of Cross Connection for the summer. Cross Connection is a weekly Bible study program held at Summerfield Park.
Bennings, pastor of Spring-field Baptist Church in Augusta, shared with the children the biblical story of David and Goliath and compared it to what they may face.
“When you make up in your mind that you’re going to do well in school … that you’re going to do something big in your life, people are going to try to discourage you,” he said.
Instead of giving up, they should rely on their faith and keep striving toward their goal, he said, noting that David didn’t get discouraged despite his naysayers.
“You can’t let anything discourage you,” he said.
As long as they strive to do big things, keep their faith and put in the work, they will succeed, he said.
“When you have Jesus in your life, it doesn’t matter how many stones you have,” he said, referring to the story of David felling Goliath, “you will hit a bullseye every time.”
About 150 children attended the weekly Bible study program this summer, said Pat Carpenter, who has organized the program at the park for 19 years.
After eating a meal provided by North Augusta Public Safety’s firefighters, the children lined up to receive bookbags and school supplies. The bookbags were filled with several items including filler paper, pencils, crayons, index cards, folders and binders.
“The giveaway is a community effort. A lot of people come together to make this happen,” said Carpenter. “It really means the world to me to see so many people come together to help our children.”
CommuniGraphics donated the bookbags and the Sertoma Club and PotashCorp made monetary donations to purchase the school supplies. Volunteers were on hand to help with distribution.
As the school year begins, Carpenter hopes the children will continue to study the Bible and remember to “do big things.”
“I want them to give their very best in everything they do, and in everything they do, honor the Lord,” she said.