Demonstrating Compassion and Justice - Newark Christian School
Newark Christian School (NCS) is able to show compassion while building the Kingdom of God in many ways. NCS alumna Brittany graduated from a charter high school in Newark, and is now attending Bridgeport University in Connecticut with a scholarship that should cover four years of tuition. This is wonderful news, especially considering how Brittany struggled academically her first few years when she was in NCS. Twelve years ago, she was a kindergartener at the school. Her immigrant parents spoke only Spanish, yet her intelligence was evident as Brittany would translate for all her teachers when they needed to talk with her mother.
Brittany received a solid educational and spiritual foundation at NCS. As Brittany moved on to other schools after sixth grade, Lois Glass, a World Impact missionary and community minister, kept working with her individually year after year. For six years, Lois and Brittany met for a one-on-one Bible study. Brittany's mom, Noemi, encouraged their relationship in many ways.
Noemi began to volunteer as a helper in NCS's After-Care program to help with tuition. She took English as a Second Language courses. Her children have completed their time at NCS, but she continues to work and has become very valuable to the After-Care program. Her faithfulness in coming to work for many years is tremendous and sets the tone for her fellow workers at Newark Christian School.
In her home, Noemi works to provide a warm and safe environment for Brittany and her siblings. She is ever aware of the dangers on the streets of Newark. Every morning, before her teenagers leave for school, they hold hands as their mom prays a blessing over them. Please pray for Noemi and Brittany as Brittany leaves the protection of her home for the first time.
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Flavor Fest 2015 - Keith Wilks
Today I am heading to Tampa, FL, along with hundreds of other urban ministry leaders from across the country for Flavor Fest 2015: ReBuild. Flavor Fest is an urban leadership conference for current and future urban church and ministry leaders. The purpose is to bring us together to fellowship, share, pray, and network with each other to be further equipped for the ministry mission. Now in its 15th year, Flavor Fest has become one of the premiere national ministry and worship events and is attendees range across a broad spectrum of cultures, backgrounds and denominations. Focused mainly on the gospel hip hop culture, Flavor Fest began in 2000 with hundreds in attendance and now with The Lords blessing, thousands attend bringing a high level of energy and great expectation along for the ride. The conference is held at Tampa's hip hop centric Crossover Church, which is pastored by Tommy Kyllonen (aka Pastor Tommy or Urban D in gospel hip hop circles). Pastor Tommy is an accomplished gospel hip-hop artist and the conference attracts a who's who of the genre.
Having been a believer in glorifying God through the hip hop culture for many years, I am looking forward to hearing from this year's featured artists such as Flame, This'l and Derek Minor. The weekend will be filled with live concert worship performances, God-glorifying spoken word, dance and other forms of creative arts. There will be preaching from urban pastors and ministers, ministry workshops and a 3on3 basketball tournament. The conference is capped off with a community outreach block party that has born much fruit over the years and is a recognized platform for believer exhortation, gospel proclamation and encouragement for all who attend.
As one of the main missional partners of Flavor Fest, World Impact has the privilege of facilitating the urban ministry, developing missional partnerships and prayer ministry workshops being offered this year. With our mission focused on urban ministry, we are thankfully positioned to equip and resource these leaders in cities all over America. I look forward to see what The Lord has in store for Flavor Fest 2015. It's time to ReBuild! I'm out beloved. Gotta catch a plane. Pace and blessings to you. Lord willing, see you in Tampa.
Keith Wilks is World Impact East's Regional Director of Ministry.
Fruitful Summer Ministries - Stephen Hoernig
God is working in the hearts of the youth, teens and adults that we come in contact with on a daily basis in Newark. In the spring, we saw about ten of our eighth graders graduate into high school. Two guys who have been coming to our programs since they were young children – we have hopes that they will be leaders in our senior high ministry in the fall.
The summer had great times for ministry, so let us share a few highlights. The end-of-school picnics were a lot of fun for all the kids. This year, we went to Lake Hopatcong for swimming and a cookout. We love to see the kids enjoy themselves and just be kids with no worries. Later, we took some of the children mini golfing as a reward for learning all of their memory verses. It always amazes us to see how the word of God works in the hearts of these young people.
Summer camp was another highlight for the kids as well. In July, we took five boys to upstate New York for a week of Inspire Sports Camp. Four of the guys went last year, and all of them gave their lives to Jesus. Since then, they have been coming to church and youth group on a regular basis. This summer was a good chance for them to renew their commitment to the Lord. One of the guys was new to camp, and he also rang the born again bell to show that he gave his life to the Lord. We look forward to continuing the discipleship process with all of these boys in the months to come.
We also decided to continue our weekly teen youth outreaches for Junior and Senior high school students on Tuesdays and Fridays throughout the summer. We were able to stay connected to the teens in hopes that in the fall, we can kick off a new teen outreach sponsored by Young Life Ministries. We also did other summer ministries like Word on the Mound baseball camp and vacation Bible club.
Thank you for your prayers and support!
Stephen Hoernig is a World Impact missionary in Newark, NJ.