Visiting Author - Melissa Harrell Visits OLPH!

On March 7th, students in grades PK - 4th enjoyed a wonderful surprise!  Students gathered for a reading of Goldsboro author, Melissa Harrell's latest book.  Mrs. Harrell's book titled, Elizabeth and Stella Meet ZOE  tells the story of two girls from two different who become connected though acts of generosity and kindness..." Elizabeth lives in America and is counting the days until her birthday! She is especially hoping for one special present. Meanwhile, Stella lives in Kenya with her brother and sister and they are trying to find life and hope after the death of their parents. Readers will go on a journey through beautiful watercolor illustrations to learn more about the daily lives of Elizabeth and Stella. As the story unfolds, the girls are introduced to a special ministry called ZOE. Each girl in her own way is impacted by this empowerment movement that helps orphans learn how to take care of themselves. This inspiring story will introduce readers to generosity in a way they can understand and champion them to take action in their own world."


About the Author


Melissa Harrell is a wife, mother of three, and a family therapist. Her days are filled with all the "stuff" that makes up American life. Herding kids, carpool, work, laundry, cooking, finding everyone's lost items, and in general just a constant feeling of always being behind! In 2012, she had the opportunity to travel to Kenya to visit a group of orphans her church sponsors through ZOE. It was during this visit that she encountered a young orphan named Stella who showed her the most beautiful example of sacrificial love she had ever witnessed. After returning home she felt an incredible burden to share the story of how these children with almost insurmountable challenges had triumphed through Christ into self-sufficient, amazing young people. As a mother and therapist she also wanted to empower children that they are never too young to make a difference and that no act is too small. She lives with her husband, three children, and two rascally cats in Goldsboro, North Carolina.


Special thank you to Mrs. Emily Lemus who traveled with Mrs. Harrell to Kenya and arranged her visit to OLPH.  What a great experience for our students!!!  Below are a few photos for you to enjoy!




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