The past six weeks with Mission Adelante have flown by faster than I thought possible. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in the ESL classes and other ministries I have participated in. The biggest thing I learned was how to minister to adults, a big change from working exclusively with children. I was often out of my comfort zone, making visits and teaching adults, but I was able to establish connections with a handful of ladies from the level-three class.
Working in the level-three English class was one of the biggest highlights during the internship. It was a small class, but full of energy and fun. All of the students worked hard to learn the language. Most of the energy came from a student named Raquel. She kept everyone on their toes. Raquel is a quick learner. She is smart and fast, and does not wait for other people to answer; she shouts out the answers with enthusiasm.
At the end of class a week ago, we played a version of Jeopardy. Raquel gave the opposing team no chance to even attempt an answer. It took the other group a couple of rounds to jump in and score any points, but it made them all get into the game. They had to be more attentive and work harder. Raquel, along with the other ladies in the class, welcomed me and made me feel comfortable whether in class or enjoying limeades after class. It was a joy to teach and spend time with her and the group.
Even though I have only seen a glimpse of these ladies' lives, I have seen enough to know that there is a need for God's love. Six weeks are not enough to make a huge impact, but it is a start. I still have a lot to learn, but I was able to help plant seeds in some cases and water them in others. I am still too close to see all the fruit that is going to come from this internship, but I know that God has been working in me and in others. I am looking forward to seeing what God is going to reveal.
In other news:
- The Mission Adelante staff team enjoyed a retreat last week together with families from Heartland Community Church at the Ozark Family Adventure. It was both an effective team-builder and a relaxing get-away for all of us.
- We have seen a huge response to our request for backpacks and school supplies for the kids in our neighborhood! We especially want to thank Matt Alexander and Joy Shiner for organizing drives at church and among friends, and for delivering a carload each!
- We were encouraged last Saturday as our faith community was mobilized to help meet the needs of one member by organizing a car wash and garage sale fundraiser with minimal staff involvement.
- Pedro and Imelda, a neighborhood couple, have recently begun attending our Bible study. Please pray for God to give them a hunger to know Him and draw them to Himself.
- Please continue to pray for God to bring additional volunteers with a heart to serve kids in Kids Adelante and Leaders In Training.
- Pray for ESL students and volunteers to maintain their momentum during the upcoming five-week break.
- Pray for Becky as she concludes her summer internship with us and transitions back to her role as a resident assistant at Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg.
- Volunteers for Adult English classes and LIT tutors beginning in September. If you're interested in being and English conversation partner, please e-mail Jason at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you're interested in tutoring kids weekday afternoons, please e-mail Megan at email@example.com.
- A trailer for transporting large items to ministry events.
- A flat screen computer monitor
- A microwave, washer, and dryer for families in our community
- Infant formula to make available through our Resource Center.
Important upcoming dates:
- Sunday, August 9: Trimester-end Party at Wyandotte County Lake Park: Beach shelter. 4:00--free time, 6:30--dinner, 7:30--program. All are welcome!
- Monday, August 10 - Wednesday, September 16: Break between trimesters