Kids Hope Story
This is Jeff Clark with his Kids Hope Child, Jasson Stennis. Jeff and his wife Tiffany have been married for four years and they have an 18 month old son named Joshua. They have been attending College Wesleyan Church for four years. Jeff is the Associate Head Coach for the men’s basketball team at Indiana Wesleyan University. Jeff began mentoring Jasson about a year ago. Jasson is a 5th grader who enjoys one on one time, with someone who encourages him and is a trustworthy friend. Jeff has been that someone in Jasson’s life. One Friday morning Jeff drove to Frances Slocum to visit Jasson for their mentoring hour but when he arrived, learned that Jasson was absent. Jeff drove back to work on the campus of IWU but later got a call from Jasson. Jasson told Jeff he wasn’t having a good day and asked if he could come and have lunch with him. Jeff made a second trip to Frances Slocum that day to have lunch with Jasson. We interviewed Jeff about why he got involved with Kids Hope and this is what he shared with us.
Q- What had God taught you?
A-God has taught me that the best way to grow closer to Him and help others do the same, is to form meaningful, trusting relationships. I have really learned a lot about God's love for me, as I have delveloped a relationship over time, with a young boy who is enthusiatic about growing and learning.
Q- What brings you joy in being a Kids Hope mentor?
A- My mentee has a mother who has the same hopes and dreams for her kids as i do for my own; so hearing the appreciation from her about the influence i am having on her son's life, has been both humbling and rewarding.
Q- What would you say to others who are thinking about getting involved with Kids Hope?
A- If you have felt the tug in your heart to become a Kids Hope mentor, take the step of faith and get involved. I felt this tug for over a year but always made the excuse that I did not have enough time in my schedule. It's been such a positive experience for me that I can't imagine not spending this hour each week with my mentee.
VOLUNTEER AS A MENTOR
College Church is partnered with Frances Slocum Elementary at 2909 South Torrence Street in Marion, Indiana, just 8 blocks from our church. We currently have 40 mentors going into the school every week to meet one on one with students in grades K-4th. The mentoring hour is broken into three critical pieces; academic time, play time, and personal investment. The opportunity is vast. The need is great. The idea is simple. One child. One hour. One church. One school. You could be the one that helps develop a positive child at Frances Slocum.