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