by Serina Brown, Director of Community Center
Passion is something that awakens our heart to what makes us feel alive. It works to propel us forward into purpose, destiny, and even risk-taking. Consider this: many of us have had moments in our lives that cause us to reflect. Reflections can help us see great decisions we have made, as well as poor ones.
Every day at the Community Center we work diligently to remind those that we encounter of the hope that is sealed within the love of Jesus Christ. Each day we are given opportunities to give these individuals ideas, memories, and key moments that will affect their future reflections.
It may seem unfortunate that this reminder is necessary, and yet, it’s worthwhile for us to point out the great opportunities that we are afforded everyday as conduits of Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:5-7 (NIV) says, “For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.”
The goal is to help individuals see light in the midst of the darkness and to help them experience peace in situations where peace is not readily available. It is a process that takes time to understand that we are treasures beautifully created by Him.
At the Community Center we are blessed to walk with a child from 1st through 12th grade. The question that constantly remains is ‘what happens after these students graduate from high school?’ After walking with them through their time in school, do we just let them go or is there more support needed? These are important questions that we must answer because students who leave this program are now entering a time of major decisions. They must decide whether to attend college, go to trade school, or attempt to start a career.
Hopefully, many of you remember Shayn from our 2014 video. He attended the Community Center since age seven, and he got baptized in 2011. Shayn was met with love by our staff and most of all Jesus Christ, which has been a guide for him through life. Since he graduated, Shayn has done his best to stay connected with the Center. He works nonstop at the Post Office, and though he does not feel that is where he desires to be, he is pushing every day to become greater.
It is our passion to help those like Shayn discover the greatness inside of them. By partnering with businesses to give exposure to the possibility of future job opportunities and mentors that can help aid them in their decision making, we can begin to develop an aftercare program that is sustainable.
Please pray that Shayn will draw closer to God and receive the support that is needed to propel him into his destiny. Also, pray that the Community Center can build an aftercare program that continues to support our students to the next stage in their lives and that we can connect with individuals and businesses that can assist in this venture.
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