Little Lights Urban Ministries

2005 Spring Newsletter

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Little Lights Times To fully accept the acceptance of God and to spread love to those perishing without it. Volume 5, Issue 1 In This Issue: • Letter from Steve • Crissy's Lane • My Little Men • Looking Forward • Question of the Day • Camp Heaven • Christmas Reflections • Lighting the Way Make a Difference • Heart of God's Labor Celebrate our 10th year as a volunteer HomeworkClub Safe & supportive study time Tue/Wed/Thu 4:00-6:00pm Reading & Math Heroes One-on-one study program Tue & Thu 6:30-8:00pm Girls' Night Group devotion & activities Wed 6:30-8:30pm Boys' Night Group devotion & activities Wed 6:30-8:30pm Tiny Lights Stories & fun for ages 5-8 Fri 4:30-5:30pm Choir Practice Singing, dancing, worship Fri 4:30-6:00pm YouthNight Focusing on teen issues Fri 6:00-8:30pm Mentoring Life skills, communication, & encouragement. Contact Info: Phone: 202-548-4021 Spring 2005 LETTER FROM STEVE A Harvard professor was once asked by a group of clergy in the 90's a question regarding why Gen X'ers were gravitating increasingly toward books on Buddhism and less toward books on Christianity. His answer was something like this: "Because Christianity represents itself as a set of doctrine of beliefs whereas Buddhism presents itself as a way of life." The question of what it means to be a Christian has dogged me since my own personal conversion in 1994. When I became a Christian after an adolescence of atheism, I found Christianity to be more of a way of life (living compassionately as Jesus did) rather than a set of orthodox doctrine. The doctrine kind of came later as I listened to sermons and read evangelical books. More recently, I have been taking seminary classes to clarify both theology and doctrine. Over the past 11 years, I have been to and spoken at a number of churches. We have also had droves of high school and college students as well as young professionals come through to volunteer or experience summer missions. I'm realizing that many church-raised folks know the basic doctrines and orthodox beliefs, but struggle mightily with a sense of purpose and direction in life. Evangelical Christian young people seem to agonize almost equally with their secular counterparts about what they should be "doing with their lives" or about their purpose in life. The problem for them is orthopraxis, the living out of an orthodox faith. continued on page 4 a Trip down crissy's lane by Juanita "crissy" jenkins I was born at Greater South East Hospital on February 26 of 1990 to Alice Jenkins and John Matthis. When I was five months, my grandfather died. My mother told me that he used to hold me in the palm of his hands like a cup. She also told me that he used to sing me to sleep and I would smile and twitch in my sleep. When I was two years old, my grandmother got really sick and died. My father told me that I used to climb up the stairs on my hands and knees everyday we went over to her house, just to speak to her. She gave me goodies and candy. She was a candy lady. She sold sodas, candies, pickles, chips, and other things. My name is Crystal Juanita Jenkins. In school, people call me Juanita, but my friends call my Crissy. I got my nickname from my father. He named me Crystal and my sister Quisha, but he kept getting our names mixed up, so he made my name shorter, and it became Crissy. I grew up in Potomac Gardens with my siblings Timmy, Manny, Raymond, and Quisha. In Potomac Gardens there were a lot of things going on that we didn't know about. Timmy is now 20 years old. Manny, my other brother is 19 years old and he works at Wendy's. Raymond is 18 and he is in jail. Quisha is my younger sister. She is now 12 years old and goes to John Tyler Elementary. I have two more brothers and a sister; their names are John, Jason, and Tonya. John joined the service and Tonya works at a Veteran's hospital. continued on page 3

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