Will you join me to support the children, families, and leaders I work with as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Faith that Works? On April 12 I will be running with my coworkers as part of a 4-person GO! St. Louis Marathon Relay team! My goal is to raise $375 to support our outreach programs, and I hope you'll partner with me!
Based in St. Louis, Faith that Works has both local and global outreaches: in Chesterfield, MO, and the Horn of Africa. In the Chesterfield Mobile Home Park, a predominately Hispanic community, we work with committed volunteers and ESL instructors to host an after-school tutoring program for elementary students, ESL classes for adults, and youth activities. We're excited to continue growing these programs and relationships as we seek to encourage, equip, and empower those in the community.
Our mission - to mobilize leaders to share the gospel practically by holisitically assisting communities in need - also guides our work in the Horn of Africa with the Somali people. This outreach began when my director, Terri, developed a relationship with a Somali Christian pastor while on a trip to Ethiopia. Our connection to Somali immigrant and refugee communities in Ethiopia grew as we formed relationships with other Somali pastors and the members of their house churches and began partnering with a network of Somali Community Literacy Centers to offer basic education classes and leadership training. Through my work at Faith that Works, I have the privilege to learn about the Somali people and the struggles of Somali Christians, and support our Somali partners as they work to empower and support their own communities.
Lots of words, I know, but there is a lot of work going on that I want to share! I hope you will partner with me in this work by donating toward my goal for the GO! St. Louis race. (And if you want to learn more about Faith that Works, just let me know!)
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