12,000 books… and a Few Extras
Beats and Books exists to promote education through integration of music and literacy focusing on vulnerable children and young people across Africa. The desire is to equip and develop children with the ability to lead worship and teach the Bible. Grace Klein Community provides The Leadership Experience, South Africa, much needed emotional, spiritual and financial support as they continue to show the love of Christ.
In 2013, Grace Klein Community members began a massive collection of books, musical instruments, computer equipment, clothing, shoes etc. to help equip Beats and Books in their vision for a Library and Music academy. Since 2011, The Leadership Experience has been working with children in a local township teaching vocals, instruments, and literacy.
A little less than four years later, a container left the Grace Klein Community office on December 20, 2016, filled to capacity with 249 boxes of books, 12 boxes of games and puzzles, 23 boxes of computer equipment, 242 bags/boxes of clothing, 7 bags of baby items, one electronic keyboard, and 103 misc. boxes of musical instruments, toiletries, shoes, etc., thanks to the thousands of donors that participated in this project! One book at a time, one pair of shoes at a time, and one instrument at a time, we slowly reached our goal.
How will we ever remember the thousands of people who have made this specific project possible?
We would like to thank Greystone Elementary, Riverchase Elementary, Green Valley Elementary, Grace Point Church, Briarwood Christian School, Shelby Crossings Christian School, The church at Brookhills small groups, Bartlett Baptist Church, TN, Rocky Ridge Elementary School, Daniel Cason Ministries, Liberty Church, PPM Consultants, Over the Mountain IT, the Von Goodwin Show, A2 Church, Oak Mountain Middle and Elementary School, Discovery United Methodist Church, Chelsea Tutorials, Asbury United Methodist Church, Classical Conversations, Stevenson Klotz Law, Valleydale Church, Gaithersburg Presbyterian Church, MA, Christ Church Parish and School, Pensacola, Poetice, Brother Brian, Cordova Park School, Chain Reaction, Child Alive, Cahaba Heights Elementary, Excelsior Homeschool Cooperative, Mt. Laurel Elementary, Restoration Academy, C.W Hayes Elementary, AVX, Asbury CASA, Radical, Noah’s Nook, Shades Crest Baptist Church, Girl Scouts, Pensacola, Seeds Coffee Co., Blogtalkradio.com, Brotherhood of St. Andrew, California Music Studio, North Coast Calvary Chapel, Springfield, MO, Christian Business Networking Group, New Covenant Baptist Church Clanton, Crossway Baptist Church, Bucks for Books, Second Baptist Church, and all the many individuals and businesses that contributed in some way that we have not mentioned.
A special thanks to Cares Center of Doers of the Word Church for helping us pack the container from two entire box trucks full of donations in less than two hours.
The container will travel to a port in South Carolina and be routed to Jeffrey’s Bay, South Africa. The container will arrive by February 2017. Blessed be the name of the Lord!
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” – Galatians 6:9
We never knew how much this verse would mean to this Beats and Books special project and we are so thankful that so many community members stayed the course to bring this dream to fruition.
If you would like to help with port of entry or shipping costs please consider a contribution option below:
- Checks can be mailed to Grace Klein Community, 1678 Montgomery Hwy #104, Birmingham, AL 35216.
- OR, donate online via PayPal. Click HERE to be directed to our donate page.
Please indicate “Beats and Books” in the memo line.