June 29, 2012
My close involvement with Project Transformation started in 2003 when my son was an intern and I was asked by my Pastor at the time to be our church’s contact person. I said yes and have kept that position until today. I have seen how the program has grown and how they have touched the lives of the children and the interns that serve them. My son is now a Pastor and though he had that career choice in his heart, his Friday experience solidified his decision to attend Perkins Seminary. Project Transformation truly transforms lives as young adults are given leadership opportunities and create positive relationships with the children they serve. This has been a cross-generational mission for our church as we car pool our youth to our site church, donate supplies, healthy snacks, and provide intern meals. I have seen how our reading volunteers, young and old, have connected with the children at our site church. Over the years our church was able to supply four college interns to the program and after that we adopted interns from all over the country. It has been a privilege to get to know these young adults. They are all enthusiastic individuals with the children’s best interest at heart. I wish you could all hear the many success stories that I was privileged to hear. Education is the key to life long success. Project Transformation aims to close that gap in underserved areas. When my son was serving in 2003 at Elmwood UMC, he told me how they kept older siblings off the street by having them come and help with the younger siblings. What started as an elementary program grew to include the youth. What a success story when you hear that former at-risk-participants return as college interns!
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