Written by Megan McDermott, Latino Children's Ministry Director
At Mission Adelante, one of the things that we are passionate about is investing in the next generation of leaders. Throughout the Gospels, we read that Jesus was constantly attending to the widows, orphans, and aliens that he encountered. We desire to encourage the children we love and serve, to love and serve others in turn, the way that Jesus did. One ongoing relational opportunity that we foster for our Leaders in Training is visiting Bickford Place, an assisted living home, each month. For the school year, each child is paired with the same resident, or buddy, to learn from one another, do fun crafts, and ultimately become friends. Both the children and residents are blessed by the friendships that develop. Two of the LIT girls wrote about their recent experiences at Bickford.
"I liked getting to know my buddy Roma. I felt excited about going to Bickford because my buddy was really nice to me and she also told us about her childhood. When she told us her story, she let us look all around her room. She also let us look at all her pictures. We saw a picture when she was very very young. I enjoyed spending time with her because it was my very first time going to Bickford. She also liked spending time with us because she told us. Roma said that I was really really sweet to her and that I asked a lot of questions. When it was time to go, I felt sad, but I will go back again. I hope I get to spend time with Roma again." --Perla, age 9
"Bickford is a good place to be because the people there are super nice and friendly. I feel very exicted when I go to Bickford because I get to be with my buddies. I learn new things about them and about how they grew up. Both of my buddies lived during World War II. By the stories they've told me, it was a rough time. They've told me they were very very scared at that point. They also lived during the Great Depression and they said it was a very sad time. It makes me very thankful for what I have today. When you leave you will be wishing you'd spend more time with them and will be wanting to come back. --Nataly, age 11
In other news:
- On December 8th we'll wrap up our fall outreach programs with Bhutanese and Latino Christmas parties to celebrate the kids' and adults' accomplishments. The parties provide another great chance to share Jesus. Pray for God to prepare our friends' hearts to hear and believe the great news of His incarnation!
- The Bhutanese and Latino Leaders In Training will spend the night at the Great Wolf Lodge this weekend to celebrate their hard work and effort during the semester.
- Several families we know through our outreach programs are in need of work. Pray for God to provide for them.
- Please pray for a particular family to be geographically reunited before Christmas.
- Please pray that Bhutanese Teens club would be a place where student-to-student and student-to-leader relationships are characterized by deep mutual respect and trust.
- The Bhutanese and Latino LIT programs need a small group (or groups) to purchase pre-packaged, healthy, after-school snacks for the kids. We would be blessed to receive a couple months worth of snacks. Please contact Megan at email@example.com.
- Teen Bibles and devotionals for Teens Adelante. Please contact Brooke at firstname.lastname@example.org for specifics.
- Latino Christmas Party: Saturday, December 8 @ 5:00 Bethany Community Center, 1120 Central Avenue, Kansas City, KS 66102
- Bhutanese Christmas Party: Saturday, December 8 @ 5:00 First Baptist Church of Kansas City, 2900 Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, KS 66102