May 14th 2015
Read on for a glimpse into life at UrbanPromise Honduras, one of UPI's affiliate ministries!
“I will give thanks to You because You have answered me and have become my salvation. The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. This came from the Lord; it is wonderful in our eyes.”
There is a girl at Camp Hope, named Jenny, who was having a rough time at school last year. One of her teachers often got frustrated with her apparent lack of concentration and sometimes belittled her by calling her dumb, or exasperatedly questioned why she didn’t understand. This was her experience of first grade, and a tough one at that.
Now, I know that our AfterSchool Programs aren’t filled with behavioral psychologists, child therapists, or experts in education- instead we have teenagers who are also struggling at school and a staff team who offer only love. But what they are doing works!
What Jenny found at Camp Hope was acceptance, people that would listen to her, and encouragement.
Often at times of transition what we need isn’t more information or to be told what to do, but people who believe in us and encourage us to not give up.
This seems to have been the case for Jenny. Now a second grader, her story is a very different one. That same teacher actually appointed her class president, which means that she is responsible for organizing the group work that is done in class along with some other smaller responsibilities. This is a pretty big deal! Somewhere during the past year she went from being the stone that the builders rejected to becoming the cornerstone.
Last time she spoke to her Camp Director, her new struggle was that she was nervous about what this new leadership role would be like. From glory to glory we go, and the cycle of encouragement continues.