Neighbors, Ashanti and Mari, interviewed Waterloo Human Rights Director and Jubilee United Methodist Pastor, Abraham Funchess, who is a neighbor in the Walnut Neighborhood. Pastor Funchess published a children's book this past year!
Q: You recently wrote a children’s book. What is its title?
Q: Why did you write the book?
A: I wrote it because I love kids and believe they are leaders. I welcome and challenge students to read, write, and draw. I would like young students to learn about their past and their elders.
Q: What needs do you see for the neighborhood?
A: I would like to see more productive things for the youth of the neighborhood to get involved with.
Q: What else would you like to say to young people?
A: I encourage them to thank God when they wake up each day and to work at making the world a better place.
You can read a newspaper article about Reverend Funchess and the illustrator of Rise, Chaveevah Banks Ferguson, here.