God’s Grace is SufficientBy Shiann W. Williamson, West Georgia Region (CME)
At Holsey Chapel CME Church, God’s Mighty Fortress on Eight Street in Columbus, Georgia former pastor Rev. Jamie L. Capers made it mandatory for all auxiliaries of the church to have a working ministry. The Church School reached out to the school system to identify seniors who were having difficulty graduating. The Muscogee County School District’s Director of Counseling led us to a student who had witnessed the death of his mother and who was homeless. These circumstances challenged the strength of this nineteen year-old black male who also needed funds to pay for two classes required for graduation. This young man was taking special needs classes and had passed all parts of the graduation test, yet he still needed additional credits to graduate with his class and receive a regular diploma.
Two of his relatives moved to Columbus to care for him through graduation. However, they did not have the finances for him to graduate with his class. Now comes a testimony that God will make a way. The student was invited to come to church. The Sunday School Superintendent, Reginald Williamson, picked him up and during Sunday School he shared his story of needing support.
Holsey’s Church School paid for his required evening classes. In addition, members offered to give him support by providing transportation to and from his classes. He was grateful for his tuition being paid and said that he had no problem walking to where the classes were taught. He successfully completed high school. He made all the sacrifices to graduate by walking from his home to an accredited institution where he committed himself to passing the required courses. In 2014, he graduated with his class. To God Be the Glory!