Sunday, April 10, 2016

Partner Spotlight: Sisters Circle

Sisters Circle is a comprehensive, relationship-based program designed to mentor girls from disadvantaged Baltimore neighborhoods during their challenging transition to middle school, throughout high school, and into college. They match each girl with a highly qualified volunteer mentor.

Sisters Circle doesn't stop at mentoring Their program model powerfully combines mentoring with exceptional programming and resources. Sisters Circle helps to positively transform the lives of our "sisters" during these critical years by: organizing cultural, educational and recreational events and trips; soliciting summer camp scholarships; referring students to leadership programs and internships; working with the girls and their families throughout the challenging middle and high school selection process; and connecting students with their own Director of College Counseling for college guidance and support.

Through long-term mentoring relationships, Sisters Circle empowers at risk girls to define success for themselves, make intentional decisions about their futures, and become self-sufficient young women.

Sisters Circle has volunteer opportunities! You can help them achieve their goals of helping young girls in Baltimore succeed. Check out this video from Stephanie Radday from Sisters Circle.

Click here to find out how you can get involved.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Appalachia Service Project - Trip Update

Yesterday our missionaries finished up their third and final day of work in West Virginia. The group has had a tremendous three days that have been a wonderful mix of hard, physical work and fun fellowship and camaraderie.

The team felt that they met so many amazing people on their trip. The discovered a great group of folks to work for and to work with over these past few days. Their final night included a beautiful evening of sharing stories and experiences. The team has become extremely close with one another and formed new, lasting friendships.

The missionaries are traveling home today and we will share an update once they arrive safely. We pray for their safe travel and return to Maryland. They are all looking forward to being home and sharing the details of the trip with their loved ones.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Appalachia Service Project - Trip Update

It was another wonderful day for our missionaries! The morning began with rain but quickly cleared up to make way for some sun. A few team members even got a little sunburn!

The four work crews continued their work on homes and trailers. Their projects included working on ceilings and flooring, installing tin around the base of a trailer and a new door for the trailer, bathroom remodeling, and roofing. The roofing team experienced some challenges, but they were able to overcome.

Fellowship and teamwork were the highlight of the day. The teams are working well together and they have gotten into a groove. During the day, our missionaries get to spend time with and get to know the families they are helping. One family's one-year-old grandchild lifted his arms to be picked up and the joy on his face left a lasting impression.

In the evening, all the teams came together for a time of sharing. Everyone opened up and was able to talk about their favorite moments and stories from the day. This became a time of true fellowship and our missions team is growing closer to one another each day.

The team has one more day of work and then they will travel home to Maryland on Sunday. God, we ask that you continue to shine your blessings upon our missionaries. Help them to continue and complete the good work they have done. Bless their new friendships and give them safe travel home. Amen!

Friday, April 1, 2016

Appalachia Service Project - Trip Update

Our Appalachia Service Project missionaries completed their first full day of work yesterday. The weather was perfect for working- cloudy and mild with no rain!

The team was split into four separate work crews working on four separate projects. They tackled numerous tasks including roofing repairs, underpinning a trailer, drywall repair, and even bathroom remodeling.

Teamwork and camaraderie are overflowing as everyone is enjoying spending time with each other. Our Nativity missionaries are sharing the center with students from the University of Delaware and have enjoyed getting to know them.

Day one of work was a great one! Trip leader Lynda McGinnis described the day as "tiring and rewarding." She also said the Holy Spirit is definitely present and shining upon the whole team!

Take a moment today to thank God for our special missionaries. We pray that He continues to bless them as they move forward with their work and fellowship.