Friday, May 30, 2008

After-school Tutoring!

Residents at Huntington Ridge are 95% Hispanic. School is tough when English is your second language. We are blessed to have stepped into an after-school tutoring program that is already up and running! This year, tutoring has been offered on Tuesdays. Tim plans to increase the number of afternoons next fall.The owners and management at Huntington Ridge generously provided a large room, some storage closets and a bathroom for the after-school program. Kids spread their homework out on long tables and folding chairs. Volunteers arrive to help.

As soon as homework is complete, the children can go outside to play with various balls and other sports equipment. Tim added portable tennis nets and rackets to the fun!After everyone has finished their homework, Rudy Villasana or one of the other volunteers leads a short Bible study time. The kids vie to be allowed to say the final prayer. Sometimes several have the opportunity to pray.
Then it's time for snacks! The goodies go into coffee filters. What a great idea. Drinks are in small paper cups. Our biggest challenge here has been the field rat who has gnawed a big hole in the wall and sometimes helps himself to the candy and snack stores. Apparently, he has a preference for chocolate! So far this year, we've eluded him, though we know he's still getting in.
Our partners in the after-school ministry include Julie and her children Mark, Carrie and Emma. This family along with husband Ben lived at HR as missionaries for two years. Here you see Julie on the left planning the big end-of-school celebration with Tim and other volunteers.
Another former on-site missionary is Sherry who still comes back to help with tutoring. Only now she brings her precious son Wesley, who is always fun!We're so grateful to our partner, Perimeter Church, for supporting ministries at Huntington Ridge with volunteers, funding and prayer.

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