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MagaBook Students Launch Miami Initiative

MagaBook students solicited $36,000 in donations and distributed more than 2,800 books.


The 2013 year-end school break yielded another stellar job by Florida Conference’s student MagaBook team. Two of the program’s four leaders, Anwar Bowes and Fabian Dzul, led 24 students who solicited $36,000 in donations with $25,000 allotted for scholarships.

The students contacted 40,000 people in the Miami area and were the first part of Florida Conference’s Mission to the Cities initiative. They distributed more than 2,800 books and gathered 50 Bible study interests.

The young people, mostly college students from six universities, shared many experiences. One student, Luis Ramos, saved a family’s house from burning down. People were fighting the fire with buckets of water, but when Luis silently prayed, “Lord, please put this fire out,” it was immediately extinguished. The family told Luis that his visit saved their home.

First-time canvasser Joalicia Lopez, with many tears, was ready to leave the program after her first day. One of the first individuals she approached was extremely rude to her. After prayers and encouragement from her leaders and fellow students, she stayed. With God’s help, Joalicia was one of the top students in this winter’s program.

The MagaBook program especially thanks Miami Temple Church Pastor David Monsalve and the members for their kindness in hosting the students during the year-end canvassing program.

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