By Michael Larson
The Ohio Department of Education recently released the report cards for Ohio schools. We are excited to report that Harambee students not only outperformed local public schools and higher performing charter schools, but also achieved a higher performance index than Reynoldsburg, Hilliard and Westerville school districts.
This is a remarkable achievement since 85% of Harambee students are from low-income households.
The holidays are a time of traditions and memories. While that usually brings joy, it can bring a deep sense of sadness for those grieving the loss of a loved one.
During this presentation, you’ll get the opportunity to hear some task force undercover detectives speak about recently sentenced cases they’ve investigated. They'll cover internet safety, sexting, and the dangers presented by online predators and social media. They'll also discuss how to report situations that concern you, and how to preserve evidence if you suspect your child has been exploited online. And they''ll help you know how to prevent your child from communicating with predators in the first place.
In September a team of 24 people from Xenos went to Huaquillas, Ecuador to set up a medical clinic, serving with global partners from the region. Team member Amy Kear offers this first-hand account of their work:
Our planned route to Ecuador had to be rerouted because of Hurricane Irma, set to hit Florida. Once we got to Huaquillas, we began to see why this city was the ideal spot for our medical clinic. A border city to Peru, the town was bustling with people and traffic.
Our first day of clinic we were welcomed with a ceremony in the town square honoring us for our work—they raised the local flags and played the national anthem. Two city leaders spoke, thanking us for our help, and we thanked them for partnering with us as well.
Fall brings cooler temperatures, falling leaves, and College Connection, an annual event to give Xenos high school juniors and seniors a taste of the college ministry. This year the event runs November 6-11, and allows high-schoolers to attend college meetings, spend time in a ministry house, and make new friends within college home churches.
College Connection is exciting, not only because it’s fun, but also because, historically, it has helped persuade hundreds of high school students to pursue their walk with God in college. Many U. S. high schoolers drop out of their church involvement when they transition to college. College Connection gives them a vision for following God during their college years and beyond, and motivates them to choose that path.
In August a team of 35 people from the Xenos college and adult ministry spent two weeks in Cambodia. Team member Brian Adams gives this first-hand perspective on the trip:
The country of Cambodia is called “The Kingdom of Wonder,” but many would define it these days as a kingdom of oppression. Cambodia has been subjected to heartbreaking tragedy, culminating in the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s—and the country still feels the effects. Yet in spite of the tragedies and their lingering effects, God is doing an amazing work there that brings a fresh perspective of joy and hope!
We began our trip learning about Khmer culture, visiting temples, learning history, experiencing traditional dances, learning some of the language and trying Khmer food for the first time. We learned about folk Buddhism & animism, and had some wild experiences like eating fried tarantulas!
A team of 14 people from Xenos went to Haiti in August to serve at mobile medical clinics and share the gospel. One of the team members, Terri DiPietro shares her experiences...
“The only thing worse than poverty is hopelessness.” – Jim Leffel
Or maybe, just maybe, you get the chance to talk about hope.
The effect of Hurricane Harvey to the people of Houston has been devastating and Irma looks to be equally destructive. As a church, we want to give individuals the opportunity to contribute to the ongoing relief and rebuilding efforts.
On Monday, September 11 from 9 am until 5 pm, we will collect donations from those who are interested in supporting the people of Houston and those affected by Irma. Our goal is to raise $25,000. Anything we receive over $25,000 will be added to the Xenos Disaster Relief fund for future emergency relief efforts.
We're looking to partner with volunteer Reading Buddies to meet once a week on Tuesdays during the lunch hour (11:15 am -12 pm) with Harambee 3rd graders.
A direct link to Harambee's application can be found here: https://goo.gl/forms/unTAsR21PGXXwB5s1
by Adrienne Luke