“You can learn faster from inspiration and highly motivated group of people.”
“Coming together is the beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” – Henry Ford
This month was our first kick off of the 2020-2021 school year! We have been able to consistently host 8 students every Tuesday and Thursday at Emerald City Bible Fellowship via our Academic Support program. This allows students to work alongside fellow peers to finish their school work and get away from the isolation of doing school virtually at home. This way, they have the opportunity to socialize with other peers while maintaining social distancing, eat a prepared lunch, and receive help with their school work from tutors at least twice a week.
It’s been a joy to see how this new normal has brought our team closer together. I’ve spent over 8 hours with each student during these times and as a result of this time together, I’ve seen that Christ, who is the center of our ministry, is allowing them to be influenced positively and they have been shown that we support them in all aspects of their lives.
We are also hosting small groups every Monday. During this time, our students receive more individual discipleship within the more intimate setting. We have 4 different groups with 5 to 6 students in each group.
The team decided to take the small groups on a field trip to the pumpkin patch last week. One of the students, Poncho, I have known for over two years. He met the team at the art house randomly, not knowing we were leaving for the pumpkin patch. This kid has not been doing well in school and is basically on the streets. He respects Mike and I and has explained time and time again that he wants to stop doing things that would get him killed or locked up. Mike currently is working alongside him to get his life back on track.
This same kid ended up coming to the pumpkin patch with us because one of the leaders bought his ticket and he really wanted to go. These students sometimes don’t ever leave their block or town so going to the pumpkin patch is not a normal activity for them. Very few inner city students are able to get out and experience nature.
While we were there, he was going through the corn maze with the whole group and he shouted out, “Man, I am normally depressed and feeling really down about life. I’m so glad came with you guys! This is like one of the best days I have had in a long time.” He just enjoyed the environment with the staff and students so much. If going to a corn maze can show the love of Christ, then that is a blessing and a win for me.
- Pray for one of our student’s father who has gone missing.
- Pray for the emotions of the students and their grades. This way of living has interrupted their normal way of working and some of their grades are suffering because of it.
- Pray that we find more people to volunteer who are willing to work and help out as much as they can.
If you like to help out in any way, the most important thing you can do is pray. We also need people who would like to donate lunches to our students on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You can do this in a variety of ways – come to our ministry site to serve, give a gift card to a grocery store or restaurant, or just drop off lunches.
We are also having a virtual banquet tomorrow night, October 30th at 7pm! I want to invite you to join us and see the ministry work happening at Cultured as well as at the other ministry sites in the Seattle area!