Role models pair with children in Gospel Village program

When Lindsey Davidson moved from Nebraska to Tyler the only family she had was her husband, but that changed when she became a mentor through the Boys & Girls Club of East Texas’ Gospel Village. “Joey is my little sister,” Ms. Davidson said. “She’s our family. Her family has become my family.” Joey and …

Tyler's Cross Spoke Riders volunteer at rally event

I wanted to let you know about an awesome opportunity that our local Christian Motorcyclist Association chapter had last month. Ten members of Tyler’s Cross Spoke Riders traveled to Galveston and spent three days volunteering/ministering at the Lone Star Rally, which is the largest four-day motorcycle rally in the United States and is also

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Role models pair with children in Gospel Village program

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