In the new year, the children are learning five of God’s promises to them. From January to May every year, Cherry Street East and West will learn one of God’s promises each month, and one to four verses from the Bible to support each of the promises.
The promises the children will learn are the following, and a verse to support each promise is in parentheses: God loves me (John 3:16), Jesus died for me (1 Corinthians 15:3-4), God forgives me (1 John 1:9), God sees and hears me (Psalm 34:15), and God has a plan for me (Jeremiah 29:11). The other three supporting verses for each month will be chosen by the Program Leaders to give the children a chance to memorize more complex scripture according to their grade level.
Every day the children gather in the cafeteria to practice and play games to remember that month’s promise and the supporting verse of the week. They spend about ten minutes doing this each day. The children are divided into groups of about eight, and each group has a volunteer or staff member to lead the practice and game. One of the methods of practice is using symbol flashcards. The five symbols used to remember God’s promises are a heart for God loves me, a cross for Jesus died for me, a picture of an eye and ear for God sees and hears me, a smiley face for God forgives me, and a Bible for God has a plan for me. The children are taught to recognize these symbols to help them remember the promises.
Part of Cherry Street’s mission is to help children develop emotionally and spiritually. The only way to do that is to teach them what is in the guidebook that God gave us. The Bible says in Psalms 119:105 (KJV), “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” The staff at Cherry Street makes sure to keep the Bible as the basis of everything they teach. In celebration of that mission, the theme for this year is to let the light of God’s truth shine in each child’s life.
Now, more than ever, we need good Samaritans who recognize the needs of our children and ministry. Today, we have 20 individuals and five churches who donate to Cherry Street on a monthly basis. On average, our contributors give $59 a month which equates to about $1,450 dollars per month. Cherry Street spends an average of $15,000 dollars per month! We have a need, friends, and we are trusting God for 100 monthly contributors.
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In April, Cherry Street kids celebrated their academic achievements with a skating party. For some of the children, it was their first time skating, and many of them were fearful of falling to the floor. Reassurance was of-fered as skates were placed on their tiny feet, laces were tied, and helping hands lifted apprehensive skaters off the bench. Staff and older, more ex-perienced skaters, watched dread turn to delight as the precious children learned to skate and created long-lasting memories.
Isaiah 41:10-13 states, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dis-mayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘Do not fear; I will help you.’”
We believe that God’s mighty right hand works through you and enables us to minister to His children. Thank you for helping put a smile on these precious faces. – Larry Grogan
Cherry Street West saw some revi-talization in early March and was featured in Chanute Tribune on Tuesday, March 26! The walls were repainted by Cherry Street students, and four murals of various sizes were done by local muralist Kerry Bowman, most well-known for her work at The Jazz in Kansas City and its chain locations. When the chil-dren returned from Spring Break, they were welcomed by our new murals. What a beautiful surprise greeted them!
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