Texas Border Business
Donna & Brownsville – A child from Donna and another from Brownsville were surprised when they learned that they had won week-long vacations for their families this summer at Schlitterbahn Waterpark & Beach Resort and Isla Grand Beach Resort. During the first half of the school year, Valley children entered the RGV Children’s Arts Festival by answering and illustrating questions from the Gospel of John for an online storybook Bible that author and columnist Carey Kinsolving is writing.
Without any warning to the winner, Agustin Rodriquez of Isla Grand Beach Resort walked into a classroom at Macedonian Christian Academy in Donna and announced to 11-year-old Galilee Curling that Isla Grand was going to be her families’ home for one week this summer.
While jumping up and down with hands clasped and a big smile, Curling said, “Yes! I don’t know how to react. That’s pretty cool. I really do enjoy the beach and South Padre Island.”
For the RGV Children’s Arts Festival, Curling answered and illustrated three questions. To the question, “How did God the Father honor Jesus?” Curling wrote: “God honors Jesus in many astounding ways. He called Jesus his son. Secondly, God granted Jesus power to do many miracles. Jesus, who was fully human, lived a sinless life and died the perfect death in our place. Only his death would satisfy God’s wrath, because he was sinless. Since Jesus died for us, God promised that he would forever be glorified.”
In Brownsville, Anne Serrato, principal of St. Luke Catholic School, was waiting for Mike Bigelow, director of marketing and sales for Schlitterbahn Waterpark & Resort. Before Bigelow made the surprise announcement to winner Jaylen Cain, 9, he pulled a lifeguard T-shirt out of his bag of goodies and told the class that the winner would serve as an honorary lifeguard for the week’s vacation at Schlitterbahn.
When Bigelow made the surprise announcement, Cain stood up and then dropped to the floor in amazement. “I’m going to say that I think God helped me with this piece of art,” said Cain. “I think God put it in my heart to say, ‘Thank you, Lord.’”
Cain illustrated her answer to the question, “How has Jesus been a good shepherd in your life?” She wrote: “When we make the wrong choices, Jesus helps us make the right choices. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. He means he died on the cross for us.”
Both Curling and Cain also received four scholarships from Yoli Cantu of McAllen Stained Glass for a fused-glass workshop. Cantu is making a fused-glass rendering of each winner’s art.
This is the seventh consecutive year KidsTalkAboutGod.org has awarded family vacations to Valley children who write and draw for the RGV Children’s Arts Festival. “Because of generous sponsors, there is no entry fee,” said contest organizer Carey Kinsolving. Besides the two grand-prize vacation sponsors, gold sand sponsors include La Copa Inn SPI, DLC Pediatrics (Dr. Martin Garza), Boggus Ford and Melba’s Dance School.
For information about the annual, online, arts festival, visitwww.KidsTalkAboutGod.org/rgv.