Shepherd of the Woods in Jacksonville, FL, has been working in Tarma, Peru, to establish an after-school program, named Kingdom Kids (Niños del Reino) for kids who live in poverty and have no after-school supervision until their parents return each day from work in the fields. Many of these people have had no contact with anyone or anything Lutheran before.
Modeled after the love and care of Jesus Christ they have the opportunity to meet the needs of the children and concerns of the teachers! Kingdom Kids functions not just for the academics, as they support them with tutors and structured homework time, but also provides a safe and loving environment to hear the Good News! Some of the children will hear this message for the first time! This new, faith-based afterschool program is one avenue in which they can put our faith in action, using the gifts of those in the worshipping community and further establishing a presence of care and hope in Tarma. Those who know God’s gifts will be sharing God’s gifts with the little ones.
Donations received will go directly to support the following program needs:
• Providing a hot meal for each child each day (77¢ per meal or $450 a month!)
• Providing a cook to prepare the meals ($250 a month)
• Providing a licensed professor each day to help children with homework ($325 a month)
• Providing a program director who oversees the ministry ($350 a month)
• Providing school/learning supplies and internet for the children ($100 a month)
To learn more, visit their website.