As Christmas approaches and the year comes to an end, I’ve been reflecting back on my time at Center for Champions thus far. It has been a long but wonderful transition from a traditional after-school program to a life on life mentoring program. We are more than halfway through that transition and we expect to continue to move forward in 2018. One thing that has been crystal clear is God’s faithfulness. Our mission is not our own with God’s backing, rather it’s His mission, given to us for us to get behind. I feel privileged to do the work I do for the God I serve.
2017 has been amazing. Our Rooted program for younger students is all one on one this year and it has been incredible! 4 students made a decision to follow Jesus, behavior has vastly improved, students are engaged, mentors are no longer assistant’s but rather full-time role models while students are at the Rooted sites. Our hope and prayer is for Rooted Teens to follow this same model.
Being Good Stewards
As a non-profit organization we are committed to being good stewards of our resources. We run an efficient program but we’ve found that we can do more. Many of you are financial donors to Center for Champions. As any non-profit leader will tell you, that is invaluable and we are grateful. If you are not already a financial supporter, please do consider it. Monthly commitments through Sponsor a Child make a world of difference. If you cannot make a monthly commitment, we’ve decided to list below some of our on-going practical needs. In 2018, I will post this list on our website and update it as needs are met. Though some of these needs may appear insignificant, they really are not. In-kind gifts have the same effect on our budget as many financial gifts.
So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.
This passage has been on my mind a lot this season. In the Old Testament, the high priest acted as the mediator between man and God. Sacrifices were brought to the priests where blood was shed as a symbol of the forgiveness of sin. But it was a shadow and the priests were men, just as infected by sin as everyone else. Jesus is the great and final high priest who makes the shadow a reality. His blood was shed on our behalf. Without the cross, Christmas really becomes pointless but knowing that we have a great “high priest” who is the mediator between God and man, that is the greatest gift of grace we could ever receive.
With that in mind, have a Merry Christmas!
- 15 rolls of stamps
- 24 reams of printing paper
- 24 $50.00 gas cards
- 25 $25 Walmart gift cards
- Giant gift cards (food for families)
- 60 Mentor toolkits (roughly $25 each – text book, binder, t-shirt, mentoring strategies)
- 75 cases of bottled water
- Monthly Life on Life activities ($400 each month)
- 25 Bags of individually wrapped candy
- 30 new NLT Bibles (hardcover are ideal)
We will add to and update this list as needs get met. Tangible donations or cash donations are accepted.