Mentoring Program

It’s November and I’m two months late starting the new mentoring program.  Last year, the weekly meetings and tutoring sessions were rushed and the teens didn’t always have time to do their own homework as well as the tutoring homework. They were all on different level in English and math and that made it very hard to have tutoring sessions.   I, also, realized that for some of the teens to start working with them in the 8th grade…well, it was just too late.  Praise the Lord, Andrei, Anca and Silvia are all in high school and are doing well.  Andrei and Silvia are the first in their families to go to high school.  Andrei and Anca both have sponsors who provide money for transportation, uniforms and books.

After a lot of reflection, conversation and prayer, I think I have come up with a more effective mentoring program.  First, the girls are currently in the 6th grade.  They all come to Sunday School and have shown a level of committment to Sunday School and their general school studies.  I have spoken to the English teacher at the school and she said that each girl has the potential to move on to high school. 

The plan is to meet once a week for English tutoring. At that time, we will also talk about any problems the girls are having in their families, school, friends, etc.  The girls each have pen pals from Church on the Cape and they are required to continue that relationship.  The girls and I will also do fun things like sleep overs and ice skating.  The girls are making a three-year committment but we will review this committment each school year.

So who are the new girls?

Diana-Iuliana has an amazing voice and aspires to go to the music high school.  She is comes to Sunday School and went to summer camp.  She is mature, following her older sister, but still loves to be silly and girly.  She is the weakest in English of this group, but still has a strong desire to learn.

Nicoleta started coming to Sunday School this fall.  She has shown great committment and has taken on the lead role in the Christmas program.  She had missed a couple of Sundays but quickly learned verses and came with us to Dorohoi. She is quick to smile and to admit when she doesn’t understand something.

Diana is a well-known figure on this blog. Diana actually brought Iuliana and Nicoleta to the Sunday School program.  I figured since I had been “mentoring” Diana for over year unofficially, I might as well make it official.  Diana is a shinning star in her extended family.  She would rather study than eat, but still likes to play with her cat and be a girl. She is quick to help her younger cousins and get disgusted when her older cousins misbehave and are disrespectful.  Over the past year, she has grown closer to God and has learned that prayer isn’t just memorized prayers.  She has shared with me a few times when she was having troubles, esp with school, when she prayed and God said “yes” to her prayers. She has learned to go to God for help.   When I first met Diana, she wasn’t able to dream past the eight grade, but now, she dreams of college in America and being a teacher. 

Please pray for these young ladies as we embark on this adventure together.  Please continue to pray for Andrei, Anca and Silvia. Pray for a close relationship for each one of these young people with God.

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