Written by Megan McDermott, Latino Children's Ministry Director
Do you remember being asked as a child what you wanted to be when you grew up? I remember that for me, that question had any number of answers, depending on the day. Many of us had been told, "You can be anything you want to be!"
We can't assume the same for the kids we serve here in urban Kansas City, Kansas. They may not approach the question of what they want to be and do with the same invincible sense of possibility that we did. Many are exposed at a very young age to gangs, peer pressure, abuse, temptation to compromise their purity, and simply trying to fit in among the variety of cultures represented here. Having become acquainted with many harsh realities of life at such a young age can rob them of their innocent enthusiasm to dream big, or to dream at all.
As we purpose to pour into the young leaders in our community by coming alongside them as they grow in their academic and character strengths, we recognize the absolute importance of the role the local public schools play. We have been working very hard these past four years to establish strong connections with the faculty at our neighborhood schools. We currently have active partnerships with ten different schools. Kristen Maxwell (Bhutanese Children's Ministry Director) and I have been warmly accepted into many of these schools to share about Mission Adelante, the cultural concerns our kids face, and how we can better come alongside the teachers and administrators that fight so hard for the kids we love. Two weeks ago, Kristen and I were given a few minutes to share with the Central Middle School faculty the beautiful things that the Lord is doing in some of their students' lives through LIT.
As we look toward the future, I am excited to see our relationships with public school administrators and faculty grow stronger and deeper. We truly believe that the kids that we serve are the future leaders of our community. Investing deeply in them now will produce the fruit of future Christian leaders that not only love the Lord but desire to see others come to love Him as well.
In other news:
- We had a great turnout and a great time at our Volunteer Orientation on Saturday morning. We're so grateful for the Lord's provision of volunteers trimester after trimester.
- The leaders of the Kansas City Bhutanese community gathered together over the weekend to dream about what it would look like to work together on future projects.
- The Latino LIT (Leaders in Training) program launched this school year's program last week, and today is the very first day of Bhutanese LIT! Both groups are excited to begin growing together as a family, as they will by spending three afternoons a week together!
- A BIG thank you to Jarion Srack and her small group from Mill Creek Community Church for providing three months of snacks for Leaders in Training kids!
- If you'll be worshiping at Redeemer Fellowship this Sunday morning, stop by Mission Adelante's table at the LoveKC Fair and say hi! LoveKC is a website launched by Redeemer Fellowship earlier this year to connect people and organizations to improve our city.
- We are engaging with ESL students to help them take on more leadership roles this trimester. Please pray for clear communication and good participation from our immigrant friends!
- Bhutanese Kids Club is taking on a whole new format and a new curriculum! Please pray for a smooth transition for our mentors and kids.
- Pray for the Lord's guidance as all of our outreach programs get up and running this week for our Fall Trimester. Pray that He receives the glory in everything that we do!
- A folding card table and 4 folding chairs for use by the Bhutanese Leaders in Training. Contact Kristen Maxwell at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can provide one.
- Inexpensive floor lamps and extension cords to for Bhutanese Teens Club. Contact Hannah Hume at email@example.com for additional information.
- Three volunteers to serve at Kids Adelante each Thursday evening through December 6. Please contact Megan McDermott at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Volunteers for Tuesday or Wednesday afternoons/early evening to mentor our Latino Leaders in Training kids. Please contact Megan McDermott at email@example.com for more information.
- Thirty custom-printed t-shirts for our Leaders in Training to wear on field trips. With an increased focus on enrichment this year we will be spending many afternoons out in the community! Matching t-shirts will encourage a sense of unity, and will help us easily identify our kids in public places. Please contact Megan McDermott at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kristen Maxwell at email@example.com if you or someone you know would like to provide these shirts!
- Fall trimester launch: Latino Programs--Tonight! September 13, 6:30 p.m.