The kids from our Henderson Learning Center are true blessings to the society they will actively be involved in when they leave this program. Walking around in the neighborhood, many of the buildings and their surrounding atmosphere don't exactly scream opportunity and hope for the future, but the Learning Center has been able to create a chance at success for the youth growing up there.
One of the major ways we have been able to implement opportunities for growth in our students this year is through our reading program. Every student deserves to be educated on how to read and write, so they will one day have the chance to seek out jobs to support themselves. Our reading program has enabled students to strive to be better and to work harder for a better future. The Learning Center is also a very safe environment for students to engage in social activities and spend time with their peers in a positive Christian atmosphere. I truly believe that the beauty behind what we do lies not in the curriculums, worksheets, or flash cards, but in the way that the Holy Spirit is able to use one building to glorify God's Kingdom through the hearts of all of our students.
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn.”
Written by Bianca, a volunteer at the Henderson Center, where she helps lead the reading intervention program and Bible study for the elementary students. Bianca will graduate high school next year and plans to attend college to study business and pre-medicine. She hopes to open her own non-profit emergency clinic for youth whose families are unable to afford medical care. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family, baking anything pumpkin flavored, and coming up with puns to fit any situation.