Seven-Year-Old Leads by Example


Most seven-year-olds count the days until their birthday, and count their gifts shortly thereafter. This year, Zachary Ruben, second grader at Scanlan Oaks Elementary, asked for sports equipment for his birthday – but never planned to keep it.

 “First UMC Missouri City has recently become very involved in a partnership with Armstrong Elementary,” explains Communication Director Jeanelle Fisher, “and, since the school is very near the church and Zachary’s grandfather Jerry Martin is very active in missions, he found out the children had hardly any playground equipment and wanted to help.”

Zachary’s donation was met with great excitement when he brought the children five basketballs, eight soccer balls, 11 playground balls, a hula hoop and a $25 gift card to be used for anything else they were missing. “It was all his idea, which makes it extra special,” adds his mom, Michelle.

As a Title 1 school, Armstrong serves many children in need and does not even have the basics such as a Parent Teacher Organization to fill in volunteer needs. “Our church has recently provided the students with reading mentors, prayer partners, school supplies and our members are now caring for the small children while parents take classes in English at the school during the day.”