Happenings At Apple Learning Street

I wanted to quickly update you on some of the happenings at Apple Street Learning Center and Jesus Project Ministries. The fall season is flying by, and we are seeing amazing transformations.

“Yesterday during tutoring: some of our students were so on top of their schoolwork that they decided to help tutor the younger ones!!!! It wasn’t just one or two shining helpers, there was four or five! I love being back in the flow of things, thank you Jesus!” – Alexander (ASSISTANT OUTREACH COORDINATOR/ MISSION TEAM & SITE COORDINATOR / JSTEP LEADER)

A quick story – One of our young men “TR” is having a break-out year. Last year when he would come to tutoring as a third grader he would say, “I can’t read!” Many days he would just shut down and sit with his arms folded in defeat. Every time he would say he couldn’t read our tutors would encourage him and say, “We are going to teach you to read.” It has been a hard fought battle, but this year he has been overcoming and succeeding in school. Recently, he has been named Student of the Week twice! What a miracle to watch him work on reading, to finish his math homework and be named Student of the Week. This is only possible because of amazing partners who stand with our ministry.

Alexander helping a student with his homework

This is the a brief list of what we are accomplishing this fall:

  • Feeding hungry kids – We all hate to think about children going hungry or eating junk food.  Thanks to your generous help we are able to keep children from going to bed hungry. Every day we provide healthy after-school snacks and a take home bag to 40 plus children.  
  • Tutoring tender minds – This is a record breaking year for tutoring.   We have the highest number of children ever coming to the tutoring center. So far this year we have had 76 children.  We are running out of room, but we are not running out of enthusiasm.  I sharpen dozens of pencils each day.  Every single pencil has been provided by our generous donors….. thank you so much!  I like to say, at Apple Street Learning Center we sharpen pencils so we can sharpen minds.
  • Upcoming events: The Cajun Thanksgiving Outreach is on November 23rd at 1:00 pm on the corner of Apple and Cambronne Street, New Orleans.  If you would like to help provide a family with a turkey and a thanksgiving food box please click the blue button below to donate. We will provide a dinner for a family in your name. $45.00 feeds a family of four a feast.
  • Christmas Party and Toy Give-Away is on December 14th at 1:00 pm.  

Thank you again for all of your help over the years.  We have an amazing surprise to tell you about soon.  Stay tuned, it is exciting!

Blessings,

Debra

PS: Did you know that Apple Street Learning Center is recognized by the Louisiana State Board of Education as an approved Tutoring Center? 

Happy New Year! A look back on 2018

2018 has been a great year for Jesus Project Ministries!  It was your partnership, including prayers, financial support, voting and volunteerism that made it possible! We are so grateful to the Lord for you!

Take a look at some highlights from 2018!

You voted and we won $30,000 in the Gulf Coast Community Bank contest!

Summer Camp – 9 weeks, 125 kids, 230 people on mission, 10 interns, 10 JSTEPers, and 5 staff had a great summer of faith and fun! 

Over 100 kids were tutored during 32 weeks of tutoring.  10 faithful volunteers helped complete thousands of hours of homework.

Snacks – because of you we were able to serve 3575 snacks.  2145 during tutoring and 1430 during summer camp!  Thousands of PBJ and ham and cheese sandwiches were served as well.

You helped give 350 children the supplies they needed to go back to school!

Over 275 children had a great time at the Christmas party.  Everyone child received  Christmas gifts and enjoyed the party.  

We continue to help strengthened the neighborhood with bi-weekly bible studies and prayer gatherings.  

All of the fixins for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners were given to over 50 families! What a blessing.

We were given a new portable building!  We will use it for all kinds of events.  We still need more room.  Please keep praying!

These JSTEP kids had so much fun when we took them away to camp.  Most of them had never roasted marshmallows on a campfire.  The camp was life changing!

The JSTEP program was launched to build leaders.  This is a photo of the JSTEP young men, but young ladies are included as well.