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About Story Starter

“Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2

Story Starter, a division of One Step Ministries LLC, is an organization that provides new books to children in crisis. Books for a variety of ages are donated to local foster care programs and children’s advocacy groups, as well as local law enforcement and court systems with the goal to help comfort and encourage children during stressful and often frightening circumstances. These books serve to inspire and develop the skill and love of reading, enabling children to explore the world and relate to characters and friends they meet along the page.

Founded in memory of cherished mom, grandmother, and Alabama educator, Melanie Wilks, Story Starter has the unique opportunity to display the love of Jesus, that “Miss Melanie” demonstrated every day as she poured her gospel-centered life into the children of her community through teaching, ministry at her church, and service to the Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes. Continuing her legacy of compassion and generosity, we aim to point children and families to Jesus, the Story Starter, who is author and perfecter of each of our stories.

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