By Dr. Nia Imani Bailey
Love Thy Neighbor
A powerful story following a young girl’s mission to feed, clothe and fellowship with the homeless.
A Powerful Journey of Compassion: A Young Girl's Mission to Serve the Homeless
We are sharing a powerful story that will touch your heart and inspire you to make a difference. Join us as we delve into the remarkable journey of a young girl and her family on a mission to feed, clothe, and fellowship with the homeless. Through their unwavering compassion, they teach us the true meaning of empathy and the transformative power of small acts of kindness, thanks to her grandmother, Smiley.
In a world often consumed by self-interest, this young girl's story serves as a beacon of hope and compassion. Her mission to serve the homeless is driven by a deep desire to make a positive impact on the lives of those less fortunate. With unwavering determination, she sets out to provide not only basic necessities but also a sense of belonging and connection.
As we follow this young girl's journey, we witness the challenges she faces and the resilience she displays. Through her and her family’s encounters with the homeless, they learn about their struggles, their dreams, and their humanity. They discover that by offering a warm meal, a kind word, or a listening ear, they can make a profound difference in their lives and in their own.
This story reminds us that serving the homeless is not just about providing material support; it is about recognizing their inherent worth and treating them with dignity and respect. Through their acts of kindness, this young girl and her family fosters a sense of community and reminds us of our shared humanity. She teaches us that we all have the power to make a positive impact, no matter our age or circumstances.
As you immerse yourself in this powerful story, we hope it ignites a spark within you to take action. Whether it's volunteering at a local shelter, donating to organizations that support the homeless, or simply showing kindness to those in need, we can all contribute to creating a more compassionate and inclusive society.
The story of this young girl's mission to feed, clothe, and fellowship with the homeless is a testament to the transformative power of compassion. It serves as a reminder that even the smallest acts of kindness can have a profound impact on the lives of others. Let us be inspired by her and her family’s example and strive to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most.
"I Love that this book is interactive.
The storyline and pictures make the reader more aware of the life that surrounds us; and how little acts of kindness can bring about big changes in the lives of others.
Very Well Done!"
Love In Action: Smiley’s Guide To Being A Good Neighbor
Welcome to our Nia Bailey’s Books, where we celebrate the importance of loving our neighbors. Today, we want to share with you the inspiration behind our interactive children's book, "Love Thy Neighbor." This book not only teaches children about the value of loving their neighbors but also provides them with engaging activities to reinforce these important lessons. Join us as we honor the memory of Loraine Byrd Fields-Latham, fondly known as Smiley, who inspired this project.
At the core of our belief in loving our neighbors lies a powerful message from Matthew 22:37-39. God's commandment to love our neighbors as ourselves serves as the foundation for our actions. It is through this biblical teaching that we aim to instill in children the values of kindness, compassion, and empathy.
"Love Thy Neighbor" is an interactive children's book that follows the heartwarming journey of Smiley and her family as they exemplify what it means to love thy neighbor. Through colorful illustrations and captivating storytelling, children are encouraged to embrace the joy of helping others and building strong, caring communities.
What sets "Love Thy Neighbor" apart is its interactive nature. In addition to the enchanting narrative, children can engage in various activities that reinforce the book's teachings. From coloring pages that depict acts of kindness to thought-provoking questions that encourage reflection, children are actively involved in learning the importance of loving their neighbors.
We believe that positivity and kindness can be nurtured from an early age. That's why "Love Thy Neighbor" also includes positive word searches, puzzles, and other interactive elements that make learning fun and engaging. By combining education and entertainment, we hope to inspire children to become compassionate individuals who actively contribute to their communities.
In loving memory of Loraine Byrd Fields-Latham, affectionately known as Smiley, we dedicate "Love Thy Neighbor" to her legacy. Smiley's unwavering commitment to loving her neighbors serves as an inspiration to us all. Through this book, we aim to carry forward her message of kindness, compassion, and love for generations to come.
Jodi Faber is a Philadelphia-based multidisciplinary artist with a background in illustration and sculpture. Jodi graduated from Tyler School of Art in 2017, receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Visual Studies. Her work has been exhibited locally and abroad in Philadelphia, St. Michaels, Tenerife, and Rome. Her work is inspired by toys, comics, interpersonal relationships, feminine experiences, the surreal, nature, and community. She strives to create a sense of childlike exploration with her work through whimsical lines and bright, appealing colors.
Jodi’s Artist Statement
As children, we make sense of our world through sensory exploration; eventually, familiarity with our surroundings turns our raptured attention into indifference. My art strives to rekindle the excitement of discovery through interaction and play. I take inspiration from toy design and try to find ways to create an emphatic desire to reach out and touch with my sculptures. In my illustrations, I love playing with dimensions and weaving different forms in and out of each other. I like the idea of my illustrations functioning as almost a visual maze for the viewer to follow and make sense of the entangled shapes. Ultimately, my goal for my art is to create pieces that feel approachable and appealing to those both familiar and unfamiliar with art culture and promote creative exploration. I hope that with my work, people can find a moment away from the anxiety of daily thoughts and responsibilities and just enjoy the experience of interacting with what is in front of them.
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