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Editor’s Message Were you aware that a child is abducted every 40 seconds in this country? Moreover, did you know that over 40% of these children are African American? If not, you are not alone because few people are aware of this epidemic. The truth is that African American children receive limited media coverage when they go missing. Sadly, without this exposure it is less likely that they will be safely found. The staff at Peas In Their Pods works diligently to spread awareness about this issue by alerting media outlets as needed when African American children are missing or abducted. Our mission is to make communities aware of the plight of these children, and to make them a national priority. Peas In Their Pods are concerned about all our children, the organization strives to bring awareness to any child missing, no matter, race color. The commitment is to keep the public on alert and aware. There are many organizations across this country with missions are to provide resources to families in helping to building stronger and healthier children. Community based organizations are key factors in developing opportunities that will help our children advance to higher levels of achievement, without these additional support systems our children and families would lack the most. It still takes a village‌!!!

Sincerely, Denise Bethune, Editor-In-Chief Whitesboro, New Jersey


The Heart of a father is found in the heart of God. In order for a man to be the kind of father that his children need, a man must understand what kind of father God is to his children. Here are four important areas to consider: Leadership From a father's steps, a child needs to see the importance of wise choices and good decisions; from a father's love, a child needs to discover purpose, identity and true worth. Care A man's work is honorable and is a doorway through which a father helps to express his love and care for his children in practical ways. Time Every moment a father spends with his child is another opportunity for good to happen in a child's life. Himself Even greater than a father giving his child the gift of time is when a father gives the gift of himself. A Dad is loved because he give his children the one thing they treasure most - himself. (Roy Lessin)

Happy Father’s Day 3

In This Issue Evangelist Jerome Rollins The Free Meal Center Parenting Corner Southern Hospitality Two by Two Family Network - Restoration of Zion Safely Ever After, Inc Monthly Tasty Treat Shoes4School Foundation for Second Chances A Simple Test of Faith



ANTONIO JAMES CAMPBELL Age Progression Case Type: Family Abduction DOB: Oct 16, 2004 Sex: Male Missing Date: Dec 19, 2007 Race: Biracial Age Now: 5 Height: 3'0" (91 cm) Weight: 39 lbs (18 kg) Missing City: GAINESVILLE Missing State : GA Hair Color: Lt. Brown Eye Color: Brown Case Number: NCMC1086906 Circumstances: Antonio's photo is shown age-progressed to 5 years. He was last seen on December 19, 2007. He may be in the company of his mother. They may have traveled to California or Oklahoma. Antonio is Biracial. He is White and Hispanic. Investigating Agency If you have any information concerning this case, please contact: Gainesville Police Department (770) 534-5251 or National Center for Missing & Exploited Children 1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST) 6

Evangelist Jerome Rollins is the author of “Today’s Encouraging Words” Praise The Lord Everybody! Today I Affirm Before God... By the Grace of God everything is as it should be and all possibilities are open to me, right here, right now! Today's Prayer... "God, the earth is yours, you have made this planet and have left us as stewards. We pray and ask for peace today. We ask that you would ease the stress and fear in the millions of hearts across the face of this earth. May they give their fears to you, and may you give them supernatural calmness that supersedes all turbulence in return. Today let your peace dominate in the hearts of human beings. Numbers 25;12 states... Therefore tell him I am making my covenant of peace with him... as we touch & agree in Jesus name - Amen, Amen, Amen! "Have A Great God Day!" Evangelist Rollins & His Wife Goldie Reside in Upper Marlboro, Maryland For Daily “Affirmations & Prayers!/profile.php? id=1062968293 7

is a secular, non-profit, charitable ated by five Board of Director mem funded by donations and grants.

Our mission is to provide nutritiou anyone who walks through our do each individual. Volunteers and or finances, housing, health and nutr

TFMC is established as a secular, non-profit, charitable organization that is kitchen in Cape May County. We’ll initially offer lunch Monday through Sa

TFMC is attempting to fill a missing link in the county. Cape May County h poverty line ($22,050 for 4) and another 9,500 households have social secu rently hovering around 13% and when added to those who have basically gi

Our on-site volunteers will treat our “guests” with respect and dignity. Our our donors and the curious public will stop by to have a meal and view our

The Free Meal Center came into being in February, 2010 as a New Jersey n rant on Route 9 in Burleigh, Cape May County and is in the process of reno

The facility expects to be open to the public by Labor Day, 2010. TFMC's m come guidelines and TFMC won't even ask their "guests" names.

Lunch will be served Monday through Saturday, plus breakfast will be offer in mind, who often don't get a decent meal on weekends. The Free Meal Center PO Box 863 1206 Route 9 South Cape May Court House, NJ 08210


e or ganization, founded by Douglas Jewell (pictured) oper mbers and a network of compass sionate volunteers, and

us, free, on-site meals in Cape May County, New Jersey to oors in a manner that preserves and enhances the dignity of rganizations may offer information and advice concerning rition, and job and career needs to willful participants.

s incorporated in the State of New Jersey. It's the first-ever, daily soup aturday, with breakfast also on Saturdays.

has 42,000 yearround families, of which 4,000 households live under the urity as their sole source of income. The county unemployment rate is curiven up ever finding gainful employment, the jobless rate approaches 30%.

r meals are open to everyone and we won’t even ask their names. We hope operation first-hand.

non-profit organization. The group secured purchasing a former restauovating the building.

mission is to feed anyone who walks through its doors. There are no in-

red on Saturday. The double meal on Saturdays is designed with children


Rebecca Candace Tribble Case Type: Involuntary Date of Birth: June 3, 2006 Missing Date: March 2, 2010 Age Now: 3 Missing City: Pembroke Pines Missing State: Florida Gender: Female Race: Black Complexion: Medium Height: 3-4 Weight: 40 Hair Color: Black Hair Length: Medium Eye Color: Brown Location Last Seen: Unknown Circumstances of Disappearance: This is a possible family abduction case. Rebecca may be in the company of her mother. They may still be in the Pembroke Pines area, or they may have traveled to the Bahamas. CONTACT : National Center for Missing & Exploited Children 1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST) Pembroke Pines Police Department (Florida) 1-954-438-4357 10

Masarah L. Ross Case Type: Endangered Missing Missing Date: Oct 18, 2009 DOB: Mar 24, 2007 Sex: Female Race: Black Age Now: 3 Height: 3'2" (97 cm) Weight: 30 lbs (14 kg) Missing City: HAINES CITY Missing Country: United States Missing State : FL Hair Color: Black Eye Color: Brown Case Number: NCMC1134329 Circumstances: The photo on the right and in the center are of Masaraha. She may be in the company of her mother, Ronkeya Holmes. Ronkeya may have dyed her hair. CONTACT : National Center for Missing & Exploited Children 1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST) 11


Gaétane Borders is President of Peas In Their Pods, the inner-city youth and their parents. She is an adv achieve healthy, harmonious, and emotionally stab media consultant, and is often featured in print, rad

Summer Fun On A B

It’s that time of year again when the kids are on summer vacation. While y about their upcoming weeks of “freedom,” many of you are a bit stressed ab all, camps can be costly. Yet, letting your kids sit idle over the course of the ductive. So here are a few ideas that might interest you!

1. Kids Bowl Free is one of the many free activities for children available t where participating bowling centers around the United States offer childre the opportunity to register for two free games a day, all summer long! You skating rinks for similar types of free activities or even suggest one if it is n Visit WWW.KIDSBOWLFREE.COM for details.

2. Movies can be costly, especially when you add in the price of popcorn, because AMC Theaters offers a summer movie camp for children on Wedn charity. Get there early because camps frequent these free summer activitie line-ups and dates.

3. Plan to visit the Children's Museum in your city. The Children's Museu month for children to visit the museum. Free tickets are available for picku because tickets are given out on a first-come, first-served basis and these ty at each location so check with the Children's Museum in your city for comp dren's Museum! 12


, and also a certified School Psychologist who works closely with vocate of children’s rights and strives to help parent ble environments for their children. She is a sought after dio, and television.


your kids are undoubtedly excited bout what to do with them. After e summer is boring and nonpro-

this summer. This is a program en (within a particular age limit) can also check with your local not already available in your area.

a drink, and some candy! However, your wallet will be spared this summer nesdays at ten AM. All tickets are just one dollar and the proceeds go to es and the tickets generally go very quickly. Check their website for movie

um has partnered up with Target and offers a Target Free Tuesday every up at the museum on the day of your visit. It is good to get in line early ypes of free activities get very busy during the summer. The times vary plete details. There are tons of activities for children to do at the Chil


4. Check with your local library for their schedule of free activities for ch times, arts and crafts sessions, live theater, reading challenges, and book f Many times they will have their schedule of activities posted on their webs

5. Learn from college athletes, their coaches and even professionals in t limited amount of kids. Each free sports clinic has its own rules but many

6. Many parks and recreation departments set up a summer schedule o partment website to see what activities are planned near you!

The free and affordable possibilities are endless. All it takes is a bit of crea has to offer. However, while your kids are enjoying these fun activities, m keep them academically sharp and prepared for the first day of school‌wh Happy Parenting, GaÊtane


hildren and summer events. They often include puppet shows, story festivals. They are just about always free and can be lots of fun. site.

the sport. Free sports clinics are usually held on college campuses for a allow children as young as 4 and up to 17 years of age.

of day-long activities. So check your city's local parks and recreation de

ativity and investigation, and you’ll be surprised by how much your town make sure that they continue to read daily for at least 15 minutes. This will hich is right around the corner.

With her bubbly and feisty personality, Gaétane touches the lives of everyone she meets. Her experience is diverse, and her passion is unparalleled. As a School Psychologist, Gaétane has devoted her life to making an impact in the lives of families. She is an advocate of children's rights, and works tirelessly to help parents achieve healthy, harmonious, and emotionally stable environments for children. Her dedication to empowering parents has made her sought after, as she frequently contributes her expertise on radio shows, magazines and national television programs. As President of Peas In Their Pods, Gaétane helps to educate parents about child safety issues, and also spreads awareness about the epidemic of child abduction in the African American community. In addition, Gaétane is the spokesperson for the DreamMaker Kids career training program which inspires children to dream big! For Additional Resources Visit The Parenting Pundit at


Rilya Shenise Wilson

Missing Since: January 18, 2001 from Miami, Florida Classification: Endangered Missing Date Of Birth: September 29, 1996 Age: 4 years old Height and Weight: 3'0, 40 - 50 pounds Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American female. Black hair, brown eyes. Rilya has a scar approximately fiv name as "Denise

Rilya and her two siblings were removed from their mother's custody when Rilya wa "Gerrilyn") Graham, their alleged grandmother or godmother, in Miami, Florida in children. Her parental rights were eventually terminated. Photos of Gloria and Grah dren and Families (DCF) was obligated to check on the children's well-being during January of 2001, when their counselor, Deborah (sometimes spelled "DeBorah") Mu

Graham told authorities that an unidentified African-American female arrived at he The individual claimed to work for the DCF and said that she was removing Rilya fr havior problems prior to the visit. She has never been heard from again. Graham sa African in origin. Graham claimed that the woman was extremely familiar with Rily that two other people visited her home in February 2001 and requested additional t Investigating Agency If you have any information concerning this case, please contact: Miami-Dade Police Department 305-418-7302 16

ve inches below her navel. Her ears are pierced. Some agencies give her middle

as an infant. They were placed with Geralyn (alternatively spelled 2000. Their mother, Gloria Wilson, abused cocaine and neglected her ham are posted below this case summary. Florida's Department Of Chilg monthly visits. The final recorded visit for the family took place in early uskelly, stopped by Graham's residence.

er home in the 10100 block of southwest 145th Place on January 18, 2001. rom the home for an evaluation. Rilya was reportedly diagnosed with beaid that the alleged abductor spoke with a thick accent that may have been ya's history and said that Muskelly was aware of her visit. Graham stated toys to help Rilya become accustomed to her new surroundings.


SOUTHER HOSPITALITY - Sharon Fox Hello dear friends!! Can you believe we are almost half way through the year?! Wow!! It's the time of year when I love making a few special meals for Mother's Day, Father's Day, or just a little something special for a few friends. Here are a couple of extravegant recipes that are not as complicated as they sound. The secret is to read through the entire recipe, prepare your ingredients and set them aside, and take it step by step! Organization is definitely the key to success. Give these a try and enjoy some quiet time with a few special people in your life. Next month we'll be ready to fire up the grill with some terrific recipes for 4th of July!! Until then, enjoy and be abundantly blessed!!! For more recipes go to today!!

SEA BASS IN A RED WINE REDUCTION 2 fillets (5 oz each) Chilean Sea Bass or Halibut 1/3 cup pancetta cubed 3- 4 shallots unpeeled 6 white button mushrooms (whole) 4 cloves of garlic unpeeled 2 cups of red wine 2 tbs unsalted butter 4 tbs olive oil package of pre-washed spinach 2 tbs of water or more for spinach course salt and pepper to taste 18

This dish can be broken down into 4 elements: 1.

Pancetta & Vegetables

Blanch shallots (skin on) in boiling water for 2 minutes. Remove skin and set aside. Cook the pancetta until crisp and set aside. In the same pan, add 2 tbs of olive oil and sautĂŠ shallots, garlic and mushrooms until tender. You want the shallots to caramelize. Set aside and try to keep warm. Season with salt. Don't add salt while cooking because it will draw out the moisture from the mushrooms and make the whole thing too watery to "grill". All in all, it probably took 10-12 minutes to get the vegetables nice and tender. 2.

Wine Reduction

In the meantime, boil 2 cups of red wine in a small pot until it's reduced to 1 cup. Pour the reduced wine into the pan used for the veggies and deglaze the pan. Scrape the bottom and sides. You'll notice that the wine will start to thicken. Set aside. 3.


You can also use Halibut. Heat up 2 tbs of butter and 2 tbs of olive oil. When it starts to foam up, place salted and peppered fillets in the pan. Cook each side for about 3 minutes or so (4 minutes for thicker cuts), be careful not to over cook. Cook spinach while fish is cooking. 4.

Spinach (Cook while the fish is cooking)

I used an entire package of pre-washed spinach. Put a couple of tablespoons of water in the pan with th spinach. Turn the heat up to high and shake it until the spinach starts to wilt. Throw in a pinch of salt, you'd be surprised how quickly it cooks. Drain well. Pile a small mound in the centers of each serving plate. 19

How to assemble the dish: Place fish on top of the spinach. Spoon over vegetables on top of the fish. Drizzle the wine sauce around and on top of fish and veggies

CHEESECAKE: 16 ounces cream cheese (at room temp) 3/4 cup sugar 1 tablespoon flour 3 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

CARROT CAKE: 3/4 cup vegetable oil 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 dash salt 1 (8 1/2 ounce) can crushed pineapple, well drained with juice reserved 1 cup grated carrot 1/2 cup flaked coconut 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

PINEAPPLE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING 2 ounces cream cheese, softened 1 tablespoon butter, softened 1 3/4 cup powderd sugar 20 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1 tablespoon reserved pineapple juice

Directions To make cheesecake, In large bowl of electric mixer, beat together 2 pkgs cream cheese and 3/4 cup sugar until smooth. Beat in 1 tablespoon flour, 3 eggs and 1teaspoons vanilla until smooth. Set aside. Meanwhile prepare Carrot Cake: In large bowl, combine oil, 1 cup sugar, 2 eggs and 1 teaspoon vanilla, blending thoroughly. Stir in 1 cup flour, baking soda, cinnamon and dash salt, mixing well. Stir in drained pineapple, carrots, coconut and walnuts. Spread 1 1/2 cups carrot cake batter over bottom of greased 9-or 9 1/2-inch springform pan. Drop large spoonfuls of cream cheese batter over carrot cake batter; top with large spoonfuls of remaining carrot cake batter. Repeat with remaining cream cheese batter, spreading evenly with a knife. Do not marble with a knife. Bake in preheated 300 degree oven 1 hr. and 20 minutes or until cake is set and cooked through. Cool to room temperature, then refrigerate. When cake is cold, prepare Pineapple Cream Cheese Frosting. In a bowl of electric mixer, combine 2 oz cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, 1 tablespoon reserved pineapple juice and dash of salt. Beat until smooth and of spreading consistency. Frost top of cheesecake. Refrigerate 3 to 4 hours before serving.


Two by Two Family etwork - Restoration of Shanetria Peterson - Founder

Two by Two Family Network was started in February 2010 started back in 2006, the mission is still pretty much the s families; empowering and changing lives. Christian divorc cause the couple’s marriage is not what they thought it wo basic message that God is the orchestrator of marriage.

The sky-rocketing divorce rate is leaving behind wounded spouses, rejected ken homes. Our mission is to also encourage abandoned covenant mates w about reconciliation of their covenant relationships/marriages to stand wit liverance is achieved.

Once a restored couple has pressed toward their goal of obeying God, we th build their marriage on the solid rock of Jesus Christ; encouraging the cou relationship with Jesus Christ and to raise their children in a loving-two pa the head; whole parents thus whole children. Networking Info

Our ministry administers books, c.d.’s, mp3’s, you tube videos (coming soo hope to start a new parent magazine publication entitled “ Christian Fam Email: Discovery * most couples marry young * most couples marry because of a discovered pregnancy * most couples recite vows after living together for a short space 22

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0. Formerly known as Global Restoration Outreach Ministries that was same: ministering God’s principals to today’s youth and young adult ce is on the rise primarily because couples that once said I do either beould be or they either find out they are incompatible afterall. We teach the

d children and thus; browho have heard from God th God until and after de-

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Maurice Laron Jefferson Missing Since: November 30, 1983 from Fort Lauderdale, Florida Classification: Non-Family Abduction Date Of Birth: August 8, 1967 Age: 16 years old Height and Weight: 5'11, 120 pounds Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American male. Red hair, brown eyes. Jefferson is very bowlegged. He has a mole on the top of his right ear. Jefferson had two warts on his right wrist at the time of his disappearance. His nickname is Red. His hair changes color with the weather and may appear orange on hot days. Clothing/Jewelry Description: A t-shirt, short pants, long socks and tennis shoes. Investigating Agency If you have any information concerning this case, please contact: Broward County Sheriff's Office 954-480-4300 24

Rilya Alert Criteria •

The abduction is of a child age 17 years or younger

The parent must have contacted law enforcement to report child missing.

A RILYA Alert may also be issued if the child is classified as a runaway by the police. If the parent has reported missing child and has convincing evidence that child does not have a history of running away, an alert will be initiated within the 1st hour. We recognize that at times, not all information is readily available (ie. license plate numbers, name of abductor, or witness to abduction. In such cases, the available information will be reviewed and verified prior to RILYA Alert.

The law-enforcement agency believes the child is in imminent danger of serious bodily injury or death.

All children of color meeting the criteria for the Amber Alert will also receive the RILYA Alert If these criteria are met, alert information is assembled for public distribution. This information may include descriptions and pictures of the missing child, the suspected abductor, and a suspected vehicle along with any other information available and valuable to identifying the child and suspect. *The staff at Peas In Their Pods respectfully requests that once a child is found that any organization posting information remove their pictures from their sites. (516) 338-6873 25

Jewel Mahavia Strong

Missing Since: May 28, 2006 from Panama City Beach, Florida Classification: Lost/Injured Missing Date of Birth: April 14, 2003 Age: 3 years old Height and Weight: 3'7, 38 pounds Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American female. Black hair Clothing/Jewelry Description: A blue and white floral-patterned two

Strong was last seen in the waters of Jetty Beach at Saint Andrews State P on a raft with an adult cousin when the raft flipped over. The cousin was r been heard from again. An extensive search of the ocean surrounding the

Authorities believe Strong most likely drowned and was swept out to sea, tives believe they saw Strong on video surveillance cameras three times: o from a Golden Corral restaurant in Jacksonville, and the third was from a announced they had identified the girl on the Orlando video and she was and other documents to prove she was their child. Her loved ones still bel

Strong resided in the 6400 block of east Meyer Drive in Morrow, Georgia Georgia to Jacksonville to search for her; they believe she may be in the O drowned. Her case remains unsolved. 26

Investigating Agency If you have any information concerning this case, please contact: The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children 800-843-5678

r, brown eyes. o-piece bathing suit with a pink bow.

Park in Panama City Beach, Florida on May 28, 2006. She was sitting rescued from the water, but Strong had disappeared and has never e beach turned up no sign of her.

, but her family believes she was abducted and is still alive. Her relaone video was from a J. C. Penny store in Jacksonville, Florida; one was a Walgreens store in Orlando, Florida. In September 2007, authorities not Strong. They stated the child's family produced a birth certificate lieve she is alive and was in the other videos.

a at the time of her disappearance. Her parents have since moved from Orlando, Florida area. Investigators continue to believe she probably 27

*Pattie Fitzgerald is the founder of of childhood sexual abuse preventio tation Monitor, and has been w school teacher, Pattie blends her e ents and kids every where the

Empower Your Child With S

Summer is just around the corner, and as camps, outings, and summer par they venture out this season. That’s why it’s so important that we arm them Here is some basic safety advice for parents and children, whether you’re a The Safe Stranger

Parents often tell their kids not to talk to strangers. However, in certain ins a recent local news story, a child was lost on an outing and too afraid to ask what to do or where to go. Luckily, it was resolved happily, and the parents icked searching. A lot of this could have been avoided if the child had been tip: “if lost or scared, it’s ok to ask a MOM WITH KIDS for help.” *See tip # 1) My Body Is MINE!

First and foremost, all children (regardless of their age) must know that the longs only to them, and that no one should try to play an uncomfortable or eas” or “private parts” of their body. This is especially important as kids hea your child beforehand and let them know that they should tell you right aw you immediately, you can help them. (PS…Remind young children that it’s empowering like “being a safety reporter.”) 2) Just A Phone Call Away!

Make sure your kids (especially the young ones) know your cell phone num make adorable, personalized tattoos with your phone number. Or simply w their “safety pocket”. 3) Fluorescent kids!

28 Dress kids in bright colors so they can be easily spotted in a crowd. Take a p

f Safely Ever After, Inc. and is recognized as a leading expert in the field on education. She is certified as a Child Safety Educator and Child Visiworking in the field of child advocacy for over ten years. As a former preexpertise as an educator and, more importantly as a MOM, to teach parmost effective, up-to-date safety strategies WITHOUT using fear tactics.

Summer Fun Safety Tips!

rties get underway, we may not always be right there next to our kids as m with some effective and empowering safety skills as summer begins. at Disneyland, on vacation, camp, or even at the local supermarket.

stances, children may need to identify a “safe stranger” in an emergency. In k for help. The child ended up wandering around on their own, not sure s were reunited with their child, unharmed, after about an hour of pangiven some empowering safety skills to fall back on, including the safety #4 below.

ey are “the boss of their bodies”. That simply means that their body be“yucky” touching game with them. Especially with their “bathing suit arad off to swim camps or pool parties where you may not be around. Talk to way if anyone tries to play a “touching game”. Reassure them that by telling not “tattling” if it’s about keeping your body safe. Rename it something

mber. For very young children, there are some great online companies that write it down on a piece of paper and put it in their pocket… tell them it’s

29 picture of them with your cell phone just before you leave the house!

4) Find Safe Help!

If lost, children should ask a "mom with kids" for help. That’s a safe stran in helping a lost child and will stay with them until their parent is found. 5) Freeze and Yell!

If a child suddenly can’t find mom or dad, the first thing they should do is place and shouting for mom or dad, there is a good chance their parent is option: kids can go to the CASH REGISTER PERSON, to ask for help. In first arrive, who can help. 6) Take Giant Steps!

Play the 3 Giant Steps Game: Teach your kids that they should never be mind kids to stay close by in large crowds or outings. It’s a lot more fun Making safety a game when you’re out and about really works!! 7) Stay Where You Are!

Remind your child to NEVER go out to the parking lot looking for you if yo until you were reunited. 8) Set Up A Meeting Place!

With older children, decide upon on a "meet-up location" ahead of time. F lifeguard station #25, right underneath the big 'Target' sign near the entr 9) Countdown!

On family outings, have the kids take turns doing a "kid-count" after each on their toes throughout the day. When kids are active participants in the

10) Restrooms Are Not For Resting! Always bring young children into ways. Look for well-lit restrooms in high traffic areas. Older children shou

11) Check First Kids at every age should practice the "CHECK FIRST" ru fore going anywhere in a public place including: another store, play area 12) Carry a recent picture of your child at all times. 30

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nger. Studies show that a mom with children will take a vested interest

s stay right where they are and FREEZE AND YELL. By staying in one s nearby and the child will only be “lost” for a very short time. Another n an amusement part, point out specific uniformed personnel, when you

e more than three giant steps away from you. This is a fun way to rethan having mom or dad constantly harp “Stay here, don’t wander.”

ou get separated. Tell them you'd never leave the store, beach, park, etc.

For example: "If we get separated, we'll meet at... the merry-go-round, rance."

h ride, activity, or periodically during a hike or walk. This keeps everyone e safety rules, they are more likely to stick to them.

o the restroom with you. Avoid facilities that are down dark or long halluld use the buddy system; they should not enter a restroom alone.

ule. Kids must always check first with you or the grown-up in charge, bea, the food court, restroom, hiking trail, etc. 31

Monthly Tasty Treat - by Pat Holmes Parmesan And Thyme Crackers 1 Stick unsalted butter 3 ounces grated Parmesan 1/14 Cups flour ¼ teaspoon kosher salt 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves ½ teaspoons black pepper Place the butter in the bowl with electric mixer flitted with a paddle attachment and mix until creamy. Add cheese, flour, salt, thyme and paper until combined Dump the dough on a lightly floured board and roll into a 13 inch long long. Wrap in plastic and place in the freezer for 30 minutes to harden. Heat oven 350 Cut the log crosswise into ¼ to ½ inch slices. Place on sheet pan and bake 12 minutes. Makes about 25-30 crackers. For a variety try other herbs instead of thyme. 32

Tavish Sutton Missing Since: March 9, 1993 from Atlanta, Georgia Classification: Non-Family Abduction Date Of Birth: February 10, 1993 Age: 1 month old Height and Weight: 2'0, 8 pounds Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American male. Black hair, brown eyes. Sutton had a quarter-inch surgical incision in his left buttock at the time of his disappearance. Clothing/Jewelry Description: A white flower-print t-shirt and Grady Memorial Hospital tags around his wrist and ankle. Medical Conditions: Sutton was recuperating from minor surgery to treat an abcess at the time of his March 1993 abduction. He required continuing medical care to treat his condition. Sutton was admitted as a patient in the Hughes Spalding pediatric unit of Grady Memorial Hospital on Butler Street in Atlanta, Georgia on March 6, 1993. He underwent minor surgery over the weekend and was recuperating in a semiprivate room in the ward during the early morning hours of March 9. Sutton was in the custody of the Department of Family and Children Services (DCS) at the time. He was last seen when a nurse checked on him at 6:45 a.m. When his room was checked again fifteen minutes later, he was gone. Investigating Agency If you have any information concerning this case, please contact: Brunswick Police Department 912-267-5559 33

Leola Anifowoshe is the founder and Executive Director of Shoes4 of Houston who majored in Business Administration with a Minor

She is a philosophical businesswoman with over 20 years experie Leola is dedicated to helping Keep Kids In School. She has devote when she was 9 years old as a tour guide for the blind - she was her grandparents and their Colleagues. Having been raised partia witness first-hand the dedication necessary to work with the hand

Coming from humble beginnings herself, she also experienced firs when volunteers from neighboring Universities reached into her n need when she was a child. She has carried those heartfelt storie would somehow rally around helping people in life,” Leola said.

A matter of fact, although she was given the vision to start Keep Shoes4School), her business pursuits kept her far too busy to ded of Houston’s Work at Home Moms and has also been nicknamed “ a platform to teach women how to work from home so they can b

As recent as 2008, Leola has been incredibly busy juggling mothe ages of 5 and 13 and 1 in college). Although she had managed to those in need never left. Then Hurricane Ike came in 08 and so m people were scared. “We had shoes in our garage and gave away what a Community can do to assist each other in a time of disast 34 feeling that would never leave Leola.

Leola Anifowoshe Executive Director Shoes4School & Youth and Women Empowerment Specialist and an Alumnus of the University in Social Sciences.

ence as an Entrepreneur and Women Empowerment Specialist. ed most of her life in the nonprofit sector, starting as a volunteer afforded the opportunity to travel the Nation as “the eyes” to ally by her two blind grandparents, Leola had the opportunity to dicapped or those in need.

st-hand the help and support of those more fortunate than she neighborhood in Houston’s 3rd ward to support the children in es of wonder and sentiment into her adult life. “I always knew I

Kids In School, Inc., in 1997 (the parent organization of dicate any real time to her nonprofit efforts. She is the founder “The Home based Business Queen” because she has established be at home for their children.

erhood (the mother of 6 children 5 of them ranging between the o make herself busy with her enterprises, that nudge to assist many people were hurting. Galvestonians were displaced and y 200 pair at a local grocery store. We saw up close and personal ter or Need. That felt really good being able to help.” It was a 35

Although it came as a considerable sacrifice to give up that income, she fe what God had called her to do. She is the one who first said, “A hole in th in the Soul”. “My kids had 5 to 8 pairs of shoes or more each, when some was determined to do something about that. It takes a village to raise a c figured if God really gave her the vision then he would provide the Provisi

Within 6 months, Shoes4 School has acquired 75 Supporters in over 24 S thousands of pairs of brand new shoes to Children. They continue to serve supplying new or slightly worn shoes, backpacks and school supplies to K

While many organizations focus on sending shoes and other supplies over Shoes4School is different in that “we feel there is a need right here at hom valiant effort to supply the shoes to the communities that donate them, r 5 of the Anifowoshe small children are Junior Volunteers. When asked wh decide to focus full time on Shoes4School she said “When God Whispers Y but you cannot hide.”

If you or any organization you know would like to assist Leola in this effor backpacks and school supplies to needy kids, please email her at info@sh start a shoe drive, get your company involved, make us your charity of ch benefit gala, the choices are endless. Leola, her husband and children reside in Sugar Land, Texas. Obtained from

"A Hole in the Sole can Leave A Hole in The Soul™" Shoes 4 Schools,Inc P.O.Box 2692 Stafford Texas. 77497 or 17424 W. Grand Parkway, Suite 284 Sugar Land, TX 77479 Shoes4School Song: 36 Toll free: 1-877-41-SHOES Fax: 1.866.713.4196

elt a stronger pull to do he Sole can leave a hole e kids had none”. She child she believes. She ion.

States and distributed e Children In Need by Kids In Need.

rseas, Leola says where me”. They make a right here in America. All hat finally made her Your Name – You can run

rt in providing shoes, You can hoice for your next


Brown Children BARRY BROW



* The children and their mother were last seen at home on July 16, 1985. They are missing under suspicious circumstances.* 38

DOB: Dec 29, 1978 Missing: Jul 16, 1985 Age Now: 31 Sex: Male Race: Black Hair: Black Eyes: Brown Height: 3'6" (107 cm) Weight: 55 lbs (25 kg) Missing From: PORT ST. LUCIE FL United States DOB: Dec 18, 1983 Missing: Jul 16, 1985 Age Now: 26 Sex: Male Race: Black Hair: Black Eyes: Brown Height: 2'0" (61 cm) Weight: 30 lbs (14 kg) Missing From: PORT ST. LUCIE FL United States DOB: Dec 20, 1974 Missing: Jul 16, 1985 Age Now: 35 Sex: Female Race: Black Hair: Black Eyes: Brown Height: 4'6" (137 cm) Weight: 65 lbs (29 kg) Missing From: PORT ST. LUCIE FL United States

ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT National Center for Missing & Exploited Children 1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST)Florida Department of Law Enforcement 1-888-356-4774


Foundation for Second Chances, Inc (FFSC) is a non-profit dren are being provided with the basic necessities such as and nurturing environment, an opportunity to build self-co

We will strive to create an environment of love, compassio contributions, gifts, and funding to individuals in need and the well being of children and families.

FFSC is guided by a volunteer Board of Directors who are le aligned with its mission on a daily basis.

VISION To empower youth to achieve and sustain academic and pe by developing positive life habits and breaking through limitin MISSION

To utilize hands-on education, mentoring, health, awareness and maximize the potential of youth. Melissa M. Wyatt

Executive Director (310)383-0785 Foundation for Second Chances 453 S. Spring40 Street | #839 Los Angeles, California

organization founded in 2004 to make sure that our chila quality education, the opportunity to flourish in a safe onfidence and self-esteem, and the ability to achieve.

on, safety, and respect. We will also provide charitable d to community institutions that work directly to improve

eading the organization forward and keeping it strongly

ersonal success, ng societal stigmas.

d community service to

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BRANDON LEE WADE Age Progression Case Type: Endangered Missing

DOB: Jul 15, 1999 Sex: Male Missing Date: Oct 14, 2002 Race: Whi Weight: 33 lbs (15 kg) Missing State : GA Hair Color: Brown Miss NCMC953466 Circumstances:

Brandon's photo is shown age-progressed to 8 years. The child and his m 2002. They have not been seen or heard from since and are believed to b on the upper part of one of her legs and her top canine teeth protrude in

Brandon and his mother, Paula Wade, were last seen at their residence a were reported missing when Paula failed to show up for work at Sam's C workers visited Common Apartments twice looking for her. There was n parked at the residence. The child safety seat inside the car, however, ha

CONTACT : National Center for Missing & Exploited Children 1-800 42

te Age Now: 10 Height: 2'9" (84 cm) Missing City: VALDOSTA sing Country: United States Eye Color: Hazel Case Number:

mother, Paula Ann Wade, were last seen at their home on October 14, be endangered. Brandon's nickname is Munchkin. Paula has a birthmark n front of her other top teeth. She may also use the last name McGrath.

at Common Apartments in Valdosta, Georgia on October 14, 2002. They Club and failed to call to tell them she would not be in. One of Paula's cono sign of her or her son. Her vehicle, a 1998 Chevrolet Blazer, was still ad been removed.

0-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST)


“A Simple Test of Faith...”

There are never enough hours in the day, enough days in the week, a However, what happens when we go through the trials and tribulati

Has anyone just stopped and said, “no I can’t deal with this right no the sight of it, or do you stand on your faith and ride it out trusting i

This is not something that one can say that they are used to doing be ready to throw up my hands or say that I don’t have time to deal wit

Even when the storm seems so large and heavy that you won’t be ab know that to every beginning there is an end, to every start there is a

Faith is defined in the Bible as the substance of things hoped for and the size of a mustard seed, you can move mountains…through Chris

When you’ve cried and you’ve and prayed, you’ve prayed and you’ve comes in morning. No one is immune to the trials and tribulations o Much Love & God Bless,

Paula Whitebear-Burton Warriors for Christ (W.F.C) Founder, Coordinator, & Organization Manager


and never enough energy to get it all done. ions of this thing that we call life?

ow, I don’t have the time”, do you crumble at in God?

ecause from experience there have been times that I have just been th it.

ble to see the end when the rainbow shines through the clouds, a finish…everything that you go through is a “simple test of faith”.

d the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). If you have faith st anything is possible.

e cried, keep in mind that weeping may endure for a night, but joy of life; they are just “A Simple Test of Faith”.



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P.E.A.S Magazine 14th Edition  

Magazine bringing awareness to missing children and organizations who are meeting the needs of our youth, families and communities.

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