Agape Fish Fund partners with O'Keefe, a ministry that provides tutoring and mentorship to low-income elementary and middle school students in East Palo Alto, California.
Elementary School tutoring continues
Middle School Tutoring Added
Six of our students are now in middle school, and we decided to continue tutoring them. They have all been with us for 6-9 years, and we want to continue the relationships we've built with them. We've opened up a second apartment on O'Keefe across the street dedicated to middle school tutoring every Monday. Two of our tutors live there, including Dean, who leads the middle school program.
In addition to tutoring, we also teach them fun and practical skills such as tennis and coding, especially during the summer. We are also intentional about having meaningful spiritual conversations. For example, on Columbus Day, since the kids did not have school, Dean held a discussion with the middle school students about the Las Vegas shootings and how it relates to the problem of evil.
"A young middle school boy who hadn't (yet) really owned his faith had shown me, someone who claims to own their own faith, a part of God I hadn't even engaged with in a long time."
On our walk back to our cars, we passed a homeless man with a cup out. He did not speak up or ask any of us for money, he just sat there silently. Rodrigo asked me if he could give money to him. I told him that of course he could do what he wanted with his own money. So then Rodrigo took out the cash he got back from returning his gift and placed the money in the man's cup.
I told Rodrigo that he had done a very good thing and asked him why he decided to do that. He responded bluntly with "well, my sister didn't want it so...". I chuckled and was instantly reminded of the Parable of the Great Banquet. That was when I knew I needed to and would be a part of the O'Keefe ministry for awhile. A young middle school boy who hadn't (yet) really owned his faith had shown me, someone who claims to own their own faith, a part of God I hadn't even engaged with in a long time.
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