All around us are people walking in spiritual darkness who need the light of Jesus. Sometimes, though, the familiarity of our hometown can blind us to the needs right next door. We want to highlight two ministries that are taking the gospel “across the street” by meeting practical needs and building relationships with our neighbors: Local Missions and Washington Square Tutoring.
The Summer Outreach Week is happening right now, July 9-13, but you can still be involved. The team especially needs help preparing daily meals for the 80 people involved. Also, with the recent storm, many tree limbs are down in these neighborhoods, so people with chainsaws and pickup trucks would be a great last-minute addition to the team.
On Friday, July 13, the Local Missions Team will host two cookouts. They would welcome anyone in the church to attend those cookouts, enjoy a hot dog, and strike up a conversation with an unbeliever in the neighborhood. If you like to grill, they could use your help with food preparation, grilling, and clean up.
After the Outreach Week is completed, though, the work is not done. If you enjoy building longer-term relationships with unbelievers, consider helping with follow up from the missions week.
If you can help in any of these areas, please fill out the form at the bottom of the post.
To get the big picture of how the Local Missions team serves, watch this clip from Sunday, July 1, with Todd Keeler.
Washington Square Tutoring
Also serving a nearby neighborhood is the new Washington Square Tutoring outreach which works with second through fifth graders on reading, writing and math. The purpose of the team is to help each child improve in academics that seem difficult, even impossible, to him.
Starting right where the child is, tutors work to help the child master the next level. The goal is that each child will read at or above their grade level, strengthen their basic math and word problem skills, write with more clarity and self-expression, and thinklogically.
Ultimately, though, the team serves with a view for more than just academic success. Strong reading, writing, and thinking skills will allow these students to understand the Bible and consider the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Over the summer, the team serves these children on Monday and Wednesday afternoons. Once school begins again, tutoring will be from 3:30-6:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
This ministry would welcome more tutors to help for the next year. Training will be provided, and no skills are necessary other than love, compassion, patience, and perseverance. Prospective tutors would need to be able to commit to at least one of the two days each week.
“Nothing replaces the joy we experience when a child who has struggled finally gets it… Success builds on success, and we are part of the project that God is accomplishing, as he unleashes skills that seemed to be held hostage.” —Becky Faherty, Leader of Washington Square Tutoring
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