Phoenix and Kingston Walwyn live in Pasadena, Texas, and they had a very difficult year. They suffered from bullying on the school bus during that time, enduring insults and intimidation. But this brother and sister found a brilliant solution to stop it.
Phoenix, 8, and Kingston, 7, were strong and resisted retaliation. “It made me feel like I wanted to yell at him,” Phoenix admitted. “I wanted to say [something] back to him,” added Kingston.
Instead, the children told their mother, Kyla, who answered by arranging a meeting with the school administration. According to reports, the school principal met with the bully and ordered a seat change on the bus.
The bullying calmed down for a while, but then came back again. The brothers did not know what to do. This time the children’s father, Vaughaligan Walwyn, stepped in. Although he was upset that his children continue to be harassed, the man, who is a pastor, told his children that retaliation or violence would not solve the problem.
A Bible for the bully
So the father decided to pray to know what to do. “So, I prayed about it and God said, ‘You know what, let’s get this kid a Bible. Tell him Jesus loves him and invite him to church and see what happens.”
The Bible is a familiar book in the Walwyns’ house. All have their own copy, and the children carry the word of God in their hearts. Without hesitation, they decided to follow their father’s advice by giving the bully a Bible on the school bus.
“We gave it to [the bully] and two minutes later when it was almost his stop to get off, he just said thank you and [I’m] sorry for all the bad stuff [I] did to you.” Surprised, brother and sister rushed home and told their father the good news.
The father was stunned that the gesture had paid off immediately, but glad the bully finally apologized. Now the bullying has stopped and the Walwyn brothers keep their Bibles even closer to their hearts.
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It’s amazing what a little faith and kindness can do! Share if you also think things don’t need to be solved with violence.