|6th Grade Graduate!|
Today, we can see definite progress in this - each year, greater numbers of children in the program continue on into middle school and even high school! This is fabulous news . . . and it has also created a need for some new developments in the program. The activities and events planned to appeal to the younger children aren't that appealing to the same children as they enter their teens. Sowers4Pastors has recognized the need for tweaking, in order to meet the needs of these older children.
There are two main reasons Kim Hall, director of the Manna sponsorship program, is working diligently to make new, youth-oriented events happen:
Some of the older kids have been dropping out of the program because it’s not cool to hang with the little kids. They are still in Sunday school, but they don’t want to attend the Manna events.
The goal is to create an environment of discipleship to help the youth feel more like they belong. While Kim and her husband, Jonathan, have good relationships with the older kids, they recognize the need to have a Honduran step in and take over the role of youth minister.
Solid youth involvement is needed to create an environment where the kids are encouraged to continue their education.
|9th Grade Graduate!|
Raising leaders isn't an aspect of the Manna program that the Halls or the Sowers had considered initially, but it is vital for what they want to accomplish.
And for those who ask, "How does a sponsorship program fit in with the Sowers4Pastors goal of empowering Honduran pastors?" here is part of the answer! In order to grow their churches, pastors need individuals who are prepared to take on leadership tasks.
Too Cool for School? Not Deep Down!
Kim said, “That is a good picture of what we’re trying to do. The kids have a heart for the program, but culturally, it isn’t cool. We need to change that.”
- posted by Christi