Little Lights Urban Ministries

2002 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 2, Issue 1 In This Issue: • Letter from Steve • Voices from the Choir • Teen-Staff Corner • Reading Heroes • Spring Break Retreat • Missions Intern Corner Make a Difference Assistant for Children's Choir Come and lead singing & dance routines from traditional & contemporary gospel. (kids ages 5-13). This is also a discipleship program: Tuesdays 6:00-7:00pm Reading Heroes Program We need reading partners to come on a weekly basis to read with a child one-to-one: Thursdays 6:30-7:45pm Boys Discipleship Study A group of boys, ages 9-13, come together to learn about Jesus and to have fellowship: Tuesdays 7:00-8:30pm One Day Friendship Outings Sponsor a field trip with Contact Info: Little Lights 760 7th Street SE Washington, DC 20003 Phone: 202-548-4021 July 2002 Letter From STEVE Director of Little Lights Larry's dad was murdered by several men on top of an apartment building roof, when Larry was very young. His dad was shot several times; and the crime was drug-related. Larry's mother died a couple of years later when the fetus inside her body died and she waited too long to go to the hospital. The dead fetus poisoned her body and ended up taking her life. Larry was only seven then, and his mother was only twenty-one. At the funeral, Larry seemed his typical self. He looked numb and aloof, wide-eyed and looking backwards every once in awhile as if he were waiting for someone. Today, Larry is ten and is a handful. One of his favorite exercises is climbing the back bumper of the van and jumping up and down as if he were on a trampoline. This is an improvement actually. He used to like to climb on top of the van and pretend he had conquered a mountain. When he actually gets inside the van, he likes to climb over seats to the back of the van instead of merely taking the aisle. When he is with us and with many other kids, he can get quite hyper and seemingly and conveniently loses his hearing when we are trying to get him to follow rules. He also has learning disabilities and struggles with concentration. To most people, he is just a blip of a government statistic that tells us how inner cities have gone to ruin with seemingly little hope. To be honest, there are times like when I'm pulling my hair out trying to get Larry off the back bumper, I am tempted to give up hope too. Yet, most of the time, I realize that there is a beauty and an innocence in his heart that to God is priceless. He has become my friend and I know that the pain he has seen and experienced in his short ten years is incomprehensible to me even though I have had my fair share of pain. I know he is lonely because he has tried to hide in the back seat of my car trying to go with me to places that he does not have permission to go. His heart has still not hardened to the point where he does not want to hug. He still really likes to get hugs. We have been praying for a long time for Larry to have a mentor just for himself. It seems that God has finally answered our prayers with a mentoring tag team of Emmanuel and his sister Mary Jane. Together, they have begun to give him some of the quality time and guidance that he has deseperately needed for a long-time. Please pray for Larry and for so many other kids who come through Little Lights. Please pray for more caring Christians to come and stand beside these little ones who have seem so much pain so early so that they may know there is hope in the kingdom of God, a kingdom of love. Steve CITY KIDS COUNT: District of Columbia Profile Percent of children in single-parent families (1995): Percent of all births to females under age (1994): Infant mortality rate (1998): Percent of children in poverty (1995): 60 % 8% 16 % 39 % 1998 Kids Count Data Online [Profile for DC] "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." James 1:27

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