Monday was a bit of a chaotic day for us and we really need prayer that the kids will act good today.
Please especially pray for a five year old kid named Ethan. He’s going through a hard time right now and could really use your prayers.
I am currently finishing up with an experiment with teaching at a Christian high school in Middletown, CA, which I’m not going to do again. Among careers I am considering are law, college teaching, and professional puppeteering. Pray that I’ll not fail at whichever I go with.
I will try to post a picture when I can, but the red van is a treasured part of our One Hope family. It joined us last summer and has faithfully picked up Raymond, Rayshawn, Anthony, Gregory, Tony, Anthony, and Antwon ever since. (And, yes, Anthony was supposed to be in there twice).
Hannah’s been the main driver of the red van, to and from getAHEAD. The van even has its own awesome tradition- the red pop. The red pop is a bottle of red fanta that Hannah awards each van trip to the person in the red van who acts the best on the van ride.
Today though, the red van experienced some difficulties, aka, it completely died on a bridge over the river and poor Hannah had to sit there in the right lane with no shoulder for about half an hour until Nate, Darius, Raymond, and Rayshawn finally showed up to push her to safety.
We don’t know the fate of the van yet, but please pray that it can be easily, quickly, and cheaply repaired. We really need it for pick up.
Dear the fellow humen called malikie we are like sobbin gorillas cause ur leaving us to go to colloge.
FYI: Transitions on Wednesday went better than they ever have.
I think we’ve hit upon the secret.
Wednesday afternoon we prayed as a staff and posted on the blog asking for prayer specifically about transitions and it was just amazing to see God answer.
Thanks for your prayers.
I forgot to mention that he has amazing poetry writing skills.
Here’s a poem he wrote for the getAHEAD graduation this summer:
Jesus is King
And I am His knight
And you are too
And He will protect us
Over the next few weeks I want to introduce you to some of the kids at One Hope…
The kids all filled out little surveys about themselves so these intros are based on their answers with an occasional addition based on my observations…
Gregory lives with his mom. He likes to do a lot of things. His favorite food is a burger and he loves sour things. Greg wants to be a football player when he grows up.
Please pray for Gregory. He’s been diagnosed with sickle cell anemia and has had several hospital stays since we’ve known him. He’s in 6th grade at one of the roughest middle schools in town where it’s possible to buy steroids and other drugs on the school grounds.
Greg’s also really good at drawing. I have some of his art work on my fridge right now. And he’s been working very hard to make better grades and has raised his grade in history from a D to an A in the last couple months.
Malachi leaves for college on Friday, making Wednesday his last day at getAHEAD.
We gave the kids a chance to write him letters which they read out loud during Circle Time. It was really special to see how much they love him.
When Tremell arrived for getAHEAD and I asked him to write his letter, he teared up and cried for the rest of getAHEAD. He couldn’t read his letter in front of everyone but this is what it said:
You can Not
leaVe me I Will
I will miss
you because of
foot.bull with you
After everyone finished reading their letters, the younger class presented Malachi with a card they made and then went for the giant group hug.
Tremell and Malachi hug it out…
The youngest class made this card for Malachi…
Nate plays for “He’s a Jolly Good Fellow” while the kids line up for hugs…
We finished everything off with a rap in honor of Malachi done by Demarcus, Rayshawn, Tyrese, Tony, Gregory, and D’Arco. The whole day was a reminder for those of us who are still here that our labours are not in vain in the Lord…
Pray for Malachi as he leaves for college…