Great news for church partners related to NLP's Fiesta!
Our staff has heard your feedback. We want to come alongside and make hosting a the Fiesta as easy as possible, during this challenging season!
-Host an in person event at your church or from a member's home, indoor or outdoor
-Host a ZOOM Fiesta with members of your church
-let NLP staff and NLP parents host a Fiesta for you on two available dates during Fiesta Week, Oct 9th-18th!
Email Ashley today to make your plans! We are ready to get your Fiesta on the calendar right away.
We are excited to see how the Lord provides this year!
Grateful for you all!
This week, I was strolling down memory lane with a high school senior who was in our program when she was in elementary school. This particular girl holds a special place in my heart. She was always so happy to be in our programs and was at our door whenever it was open.
She asked me if I remembered the name of the retired volunteer who played baseball with her in our parking lot and introduced her to the Goosebumps chapter book series. She asked me about the summer staff camp counselor who took her and her small group to the movies after they won a competition. We looked at tons of pictures of her smiling face at our programs, and I felt so thankful that NLP was her safe place to have fun and learn about Jesus. What an impact!
Grandpa Chuck and Becky (if you are reading this), you loved well in your time at NLP. You played with our kids, helped them to love reading, and clearly showed them the love of Christ.
To all of our volunteers, what a blessing you have been and continue to be. You may never see the impact you have on these kids, but your commitment of time and care to them is something they will always remember.
In Luke 10 Jesus sends out those who had been asking 'Lord, what can I do to serve you?' He commissions them out with this phrase: "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few" in verse 2. Jesus is describing the current context of his day where there were people ready to hear about the Good News, but there weren't enough dedicated to taking it to the ends of the earth. How can we participate in this call in our city? We need those people that will come alongside our students to teach and love them just as Jesus loves them. Would you answer the call, taking part in his kingdom work by laying down your time commitment for others? Jesus never said following him would be easy, but He does promise it will be worth it.
To learn more, see our after school volunteer job description.
To begin the screening process, please fill out an application.
Thankful to serve this community alongside you!
We have identified 6 families in the most difficult situations. We are conducting weekly check ins with these families and providing regular food boxes to encourage them and provide for a practical need.
Many of you have provided food and financial gifts to help support families and we are thankful. One challenging part of this situation is that we can't see the end. We are asking you to continue to pray and be generous as you help our families in their need, in the coming weeks ahead.
If I can be so bold, consider giving a portion of your relief check to NLP. The vast majority of our families do not qualify for this benefit. We want to continue to care for the vulnerable in our community, in such a time as this.
Also, South Suburban Christian Church is hosting another food drive to benefit NLP families this Friday, April 10, 12-3. Please drop off any items on this list:
Maseca (corn tortilla flour)
We appreciate your prayers and donations! We are praying for you and your families!
Janet, Rogelio and I have the privilege of seeing over 40 families on Wednesday in our drive thru in the Living Word Tabernacle parking lot. Thanks to great partners like GraceFull Cafe, South Suburban Christian Church, Calvary Littleton and many generous neighbors, we helped families to stock their pantries for the weeks ahead.
At 1:30, the cars began to line up in the parking lot. A few different times, the cars were 7 deep. Rogelio brought out a box of food and Janet brought out the activity bags and books for each child. We saw tears and concern in their faces. We heard appreciation for LPS teachers who instruct their kids in classrooms, a task that our parents are now overseeing. We had the honor of praying with each family, asking for God to reveal Himself in this time, provide for all needs and give His peace. Praise God! He is good!
Stay tuned for ways you can be involved in the next distribution!
Ten days ago, which seems like an eternity, Mona from South Suburban Christian Church reached out and offered hold a food drive to benefit our families. Talk about a FAST response after the first news of school closures. Two days later, Calvary Littleton Church reached out to offer support to our families as well. So many individuals from our community jumped at the opportunity to love North Littleton Promise families in a practical way!
And this is what the God provided through them! We packaged over 40 boxes of food and Janet, our After School Program Director, put together individual bags with books and a game for each child, because of all the donations!
We are so thankful to God for the opportunity to shepherd and support our neighbors and we are thrilled the greater Littleton community loves in word and in deed.
Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.
1 Peter 3:15
I wanted to reach out to you and give you an update as to how North Littleton Promise is responding to the COVID-19 quarantine. We truly feel like God has called us to invest in three areas in our families lives: faith, education and leadership. This ministry has not stopped, but our methods have had to change. Many of you have asked how you can help, which I will address too.
Last week, we cancelled our programming when Littleton Public Schools cancelled school and programs and when people over 60 were advised to stay at home. About half of our volunteers are retired and our programs would be bare bones without them. We held a parent meeting to address concerns and we walked through some basics of how to stay well and take care of people should they get sick. We prayed with families, encouraging them that they can trust God and that we will be with them in this.
Since then, many of our families have been laid off of work. Many parents work in the restaurant industry and since restaurants can not seat guests, they are making major layoffs. I spoke to a mom of 5 kids, who told me both she and her husband are out of work and are fine now, but are worried about how long this will last.
Here is how we are responding.
Our staff has put together an approach to support, give opportunities to families to grow in faith, education and leadership, have devotions, bible studies, and regular messages of encouragement. We will be using text messages, FaceBook and other ways to stay in touch. Our hope is to stay connected, listen and support, funnel resources and keep investing our our kids and families, even when we can't gather.
How can you help?
The most vulnerable in our communities need us right now, including our immigrant friends and neighbors. Friends, we have an opportunity to give a reason for the hope that we have in Jesus. Let's make the most of it!
Thankful to be in this with all of you!
North Littleton Promise builds life giving relationships with immigrant kids and their families and mobilizes local partners to transform the northeast Littleton neighborhood through Christ.
P.O. Box 3543
Littleton, CO 80161
5397 S. Fox Street
Littleton, CO 80120