One Child,One Hour,One School at a time.

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Every day there are children in Knoxville that wake up searching for someone to meet their emotional and social needs. They are looking for proof that someone cares about them. For many of these children there is not a significant adult in their life to fill that void, and that is where Kids Hope steps in. Our program at Beaumont Elementary establishes a one-on-one relationship with a caring adult and at-risk child through a supportive, mentoring relationship.

Each Kids Hope mentor spends one hour per week investing in a child, but many of our mentors go above and beyond by taking a personal interest in the child’s home life as well. One such mentor, Tammy, has been with her “little”, Ahjanique, for two years. They have shared many things together, but this year has held new challenges in Ahjanique’s home life. Tammy shares their story below.

“It has been great to work with Ahjanique again this year. She is such a blessing, always thinking of others before herself.  We usually do fun things on our visits as she is very smart. Her biggest challenge this year has been adjusting to a new little sister. The baby has her days and nights backwards so she keeps Ahjanique up really late. Additionally, her mother puts the baby in the bed with Ahjanique so she can get rest for work the next day.

Needless to say, with all of the added responsibility Ahjanique has been very sleepy and has not taken care of herself as she did last year. So most days we spend time talking about personal hygiene, how important it is to take care of ourselves and the significance of getting as much rest as possible.

I truly appreciate all of the prayers from Kids Hope and Faith Promise Church. Please keep them up, I know they are working!”

One hour a week may not seem like much, but that amount of time is making a difference in the lives of students at Beaumont Elementary. While many people talk about how to fix the problems facing our children today, Kids Hope mentors, like Tammy, are putting action behind their words and changing lives – One Child, One Hour, One School at a time.

 

No Gift is too Small!

Dear Friends,

I come to you today with a request for prayer and for help. Many of you

know that my wife Krista and I have been missionaries in Jamaica for

the Caribbean Christian Centre for the Deaf (CCCD) for nearly a year now.

Throughout our time here we have seen people saved and lives changed,

and we have felt the support of our home church the entire time. I have

transitioned from “work team coordinator” to the “campus manager” of

the Jamaica Deaf Village (JDV) which is part of CCCD. With that title I

am now responsible for all the happenings on campus.

A number of things have happened in the past months that have brought

this campus into a very hard spot financially. The Jamaican government

owes us a large amount of money that is late and that may not even come.

I was counting on that check since it comes every fall, but because

there is a small likelihood of ever seeing that money, JDV will not be

able to pay its bills this month. We have a number of once-a-year bills

due this month as well. We have gone through everything here and

pursued money generating ideas, but we are still falling short. We need

a miracle. I would like to invite you to be a part of the miracle for

JDV. First, could you please pray for us here? We feel very passionate

about the things that are going on here. Without prayer we can’t even

hope to continue our ministry. Also, please consider giving a donation

to help us make it through. You can easily give online, and your gift

will be tax deductible. We have work teams coming in January and

several crops baring that should help us once we make it through the

end of the year. I also believe that JDV will no longer have to worry

about being in this position next year. We are setting things in place

and saving money that will help us greatly next year.

Thank you for taking time to read this and for praying about giving to

the cause. No gift is too small. You can give at www.cccdjamaica.org.

Click on the Donate Now icon, and then after filling out your personal

information put “Deaf Village” in the Designation tab. If you have any

questions for me, please email me at benbeukema@gmail.com.

Thank you so much and God Bless you,

Ben Beukema

 

O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining…

Most of us look forward to receiving gifts over the holidays. Children especially, dream about the wonderful things they hope to find under the tree on Christmas morning. Unfortunately, some children won’t have a Christmas tree, much less any presents to open. That is where the Angel Tree program comes in to play.  Through this outreach people all across Knoxville have the opportunity to help local families and children in need during the holidays.

Each year Kids Hope is blessed to partner with Faith Promise Missions to sponsor children in need through the Angel Tree program.  Through this outreach, gifts are provided to needy children at Beaumont Elementary who would otherwise be left without gifts on Christmas. Christie Mullins, a Kids Hope mentor and active member of Faith Promise Church had this to say about her experience with the Angel Tree program.

“I have been involved with the Kids Hope Program for 2 years.  My “littles” name is Alexis and I am so thankful for the hour I get to spend with her each week.  I pray for her daily and have been so blessed to be part of her life and this ministry.  She loves to read, do crafts, jump rope and chat.  She talks, I listen…we both leave changed.

Last year I found out that Alexis’ family was part of the Angel Tree program at Faith Promise Church.  Through this platform I was able to purchase gifts for Alexis’s family and help give her a fun Christmas experience. Alexis does not know that it was me that supplied the Christmas gifts, but you can imagine how my heart smiled when she came back from Christmas break and told me all about her new roller skates and clothes. 

This year her family was again enrolled in the Angel Tree outreach program and my whole family has gotten involved in selecting the gifts.  We hung her angel tree card on our family Christmas tree and it reminds us to pray for her. In addition, as we open our gifts on Christmas we think about her and hope she is enjoying her new toys as well.

Thank you, Faith Promise, for stepping out of the box and partnering with Beaumont for this unique ministry experience. This ministry is a very real, hands on mission opportunity that is truly changing children’s lives.”

Angel Tree

It’s that time of year again when Christmas music will soon be played in stores all over the country which means it’s almost time to kick off the Angel Tree program. This year Faith Promise will begin passing out Angels on November 10th and 11th at the Pellissippi, North Knox, and Blount campuses.

The Following Organizations and Schools will be represented/supported by the Faith Promise Angel Tree:

Beaumont Elementary School – Pellissippi Campus

Norwood Elementary School – North Knox Campus

Salvation Army, ROC (Reaching Our Community) – Blount Campus

As a part of this Angel Tree program, we need families, not only to consider adopting an Angel, but also to consider volunteering to help “run” this program.

We need volunteers to serve in a variety of ways including:

Lobby Table Hosts – pass out Angels, take in gifts

Wrapping Party Attenders – attend the wrapping party at their campus on December 2nd to help wrap gifts, make Christmas cards

Wrapping Party Set-up/Take-down

Donate wrapping paper, tape, scissors, gift bags, tissue paper, bows, ribbon, etc. for wrapping party

 

If interested: Click Here to Volunteer for the Angel Tree

Make a big difference in the life of a child!

“Can you imagine loving Monday mornings? For a whole school year I did, and I’m not even a morning person! That’s what being a “Big” can do for you. Funnier than that, an eight year old named Brianna loved Monday mornings too! Her mom said Mondays were the easiest day to get her ready for school. Every Monday morning last year I got to see Brianna’s bright smile and it made my whole week. As we read together, played games and even did a little Math, we got to know each other a little better each week.

This year, Brianna and I were both disappointed that her class schedule wasn’t conducive for our visits to be Monday mornings. We then found out that our weeks were just as awesome meeting on Tuesday afternoons. This new time slot posed a whole new set of opportunities, memories, fun and a friendship that is more unique and special than can be imagined or explained. It’s AMAZING how God loves to work in the details!”

Sixty minutes every week can change the life of a child. As Susan described in the above recount of her past year in Kids Hope, she saw this happen first hand in her “Little’s” excitement to see her week after week. The child’s mother saw the effects in her daughter’s attitude toward school and the teacher saw results within the classroom. Proven through Susan’s story, and many others, one hour every week is the most important hour many of these children have. One hour of one-on-one attention, just for them.

Many of our children face a world full of problems they did not create and can do nothing about. Principals and teachers recognize the Kids Hope mentors as an effective, proven intervention in the lives of these at-risk kids. They know how the one-on-one relationships fostered by the Kids Hope program restore self-confidence and personal security as well as encourage academic excellence in their school. As a result, this sixty minute connection can ultimately make a big difference in the life of a child … and that’s no small change!

You CAN Make a Difference!

KIDS HOPE USA, partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Knoxville, strives to develop a one-on-one relationship with a caring adult and special child at Beaumont Elementary. Our mentors spend one hour each week reading, talking, playing and listening to a child at school. By showing the child love they help that child to learn, grow and succeed.

One of our dedicated mentors, Andrea, has been involved in the mentor program at Beaumont Elementary for 2 years. Here is what she had to say about her time with her “little”, Endia.

“When I first started with Endia she was a little reserved, so we got to know each other by visiting all the different areas of the building.  We practiced dancing in the dance studio, did research in the library, made a “ping pong table” in an empty classroom, painted each others fingernails on the porch, and she tried to teach me to hula hoop in the gym.

We took pictures in each of these locations, and at the end of the year I made her a photo album of our year.  She still has it.  I wondered this year, because she is in the 5th grade if she would feel too grown to have a mentor.  When I asked her if our Thursday time period was going to work well for her this year she said “Yes, but I wish you could come every day”.”

This is just one of the many stories of life change from the KIDS HOPE USA program. It is our goal to help support these children through a critical time in their lives when values are formed, self-esteem is developed and problem-solving skills are acquired. We believe that through the KIDS HOPE USA mentoring process this one relationship can make a difference in the life of a child … and that’s no small change