Darryl Chamberlain is determined to change the lives of children in the 'A-Flat Orchestra' through music. Darryl started this orchestra to help children ages 10-17 years old learn musical instruments.
Darryl provides all the children with instruments he finds at pawn shops, yard sales, and even on ebay. Then if needed he personally refurbishes any imperfections the instruments have. Darryl started the orchestra in the basement of his church when he heard that local schools suddenly were cutting the budgets of their music programs.
Darryl has a full-time job as a technical writer and also makes money on the side playing piano for local churches. He uses that money to purchase the kids instruments. Darryl charges a very small fee for these children to participate in the lessons and rent the instruments. He says it helps them learn to be responsible and take care of their belongings. Most of these kids typically would not have access to instruments.
Darryl is using his God-given gift to help so many children. He's such a blessing for the entire community.
We all know someone who seems to be attached to their cell phone. No matter where they are or what they are doing, they just can't seem to put their phone down. These folks are easy to spot, right?
Well, one heartbreaking note a teacher received from a student proves it may not be as easy to spot this problem as we think...
A teacher was at home, and after dinner she started checking the homework done by her students. Her husband was strolling around with his smart phone, playing his favorite game ‘Candy Crush Saga’.
When reading the last note, tears rolled silently down the wife's face.
Her husband saw this and asked, "Why are you crying dear? What happened?"
Wife: "Yesterday I gave homework to my first grade students, to write something on the topic of 'My Wish.'"
Husband: "OK, but why are you crying?"
Wife: "Today, the last note made me cry.
Husband curiously: "What’s written in the note that makes you cry?"
After listening to the note, the husband got emotional and asked his wife, "Who wrote this?"
Wife: "Our son."
Nowadays, we can watch videos, play games, update statuses, upload photos, and so much more from just about anywhere -- all from a phone (or similar device) that fits easily into a pocket or purse.
Having all of this access is great. Trouble is, with a virtual world at our fingertips, it becomes easy to be distracted from the real world in front of us. And oftentimes, we don't even realize we're doing it. Or, more importantly, what we're missing out on while we're doing it.
Technology has its time and its place, but God wants us to spend our time loving and serving one another. While they did not have cell phones in the time the Bible was written, this story can't help but to remind me of when Jesus visited 2 sisters -- Martha and Mary. While Martha allowed distraction to come between her time with Jesus, Mary dropped everything to humbly sit at Jesus' feet. Which will you choose?