Step Out on Nothing: Byron Pitts
Anyone who’s watched 60 Minutes correspondent Pitts on television will find it hard to believe that the reporter was once called “functionally illiterate.” Pitts’s story is an inspiring against-the-odds tale, one that begins in inner city Baltimore and ends at CBS’s famous news program. Enduring bullies and humiliation through grade-school, Pitts also struggled with reading, and stuttered until he was 20 years old. Even after scratching his way to Ohio Wesleyan Univ., his freshman literature professor told Pitts he was wasting everyone’s time. Pitts credits his enviable determination to the strong women in his life, including his wise, spiritual mother (whose first question in any situation is always, ‘Did you pray yet?’”), and OWU professor Ulle Lewes (who, Pitts says, not only “changed my life, she saved it”). As an African-American, Pitts had to overcome startling racism in nearly every newsroom he encountered. Pitts shares spare but illuminating stories, such as his encounter with Dan Rather just before departing for Afghanistan; Rather advised him to write letters “to all the people you love most in the world,” just in case.
Byron Pitts was named a contributor to “60 Minutes” and chief national correspondent for “The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric” in January 2009. He had been a national correspondent since February 2006.
You can find more information here at his facebook page.
He will be at the Potomac Adventist Book and Health Food Center this Sunday, December 19 at 2 PM. Click here for more information.
Reaching Hearts for Kids
Reaching Hearts for Kids is a organization which provides food, shelter and education to orphans around the world.
The Power to Prosper
Station Chaplin Terry Johnsson discusses the book The Power to Prosper with Michelle Singletary. Singletary, using biblical principles teaches you practical ways to financial freedom by putting you on a twenty-one-day financial fast, where you are prohibited from using credit cards and cannot buy anything unless it is a basic need for survival. You’ll experience something even more amazing … your faith and generosity will increase, too.
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More Christian Music
Iâ€™ve heard you speak about Christian music. I really want my daughter to start listening to more Christian music. What is your suggestion? – Concerned Mom
Schedule a time to sit with her. Listen to what she has to say about her special music but donâ€™t be judgmental. Make the talk pleasant for her over a cup of tea. She may be hesitant and want to know why you are inquiring this of her. Tell her the intent of your inquiry. After you have developed a list of her favorite music pick a special day where the two of you will go to a music store. I know one called the Potomac Adventist Health and Book Store. You can e-mail me for information on that. Once there, go to the music department and ask for a clerk. Show the clerk the list of songs your child likes and find out if anything in the storeâ€™s collection compares to what your daughter has listed. At the store you will find music ranging from country to rap. Once a year I take my youth group on a music trip. Only after that do my youth say â€œWe donâ€™t listen to secular music anymore. These groups are better.â€ You can be creative. Perhaps lunch at a restaurant before you go. It will be fun and a special time where you can learn more about your child.