This week I was incredibly blessed to volunteer at World Impact in Newark, NJ.
World Impact has maintained a presence in Newark since 1976. Early emphasis was on Bible clubs for neighborhood children. The ministry expanded over the years and currently includes four active church plants, a Christian mission school, theological training for local leaders through The Urban Ministry Institute, a job-training program for teens and a community thrift store.
Here’s an overview of my week…
Friday: I spent the day in third grade at Newark Christian School. I loved spending time with the kids, listening to their stories, and reading their papers, but my favorite part was getting to know the teacher. She is a missionary, which means that she raises her own support to be a teacher and doesn’t get paid a regular salary. She does far more than the average teacher for less, which reminded me of why I chose this profession in the first place.
Saturday: We spent the morning volunteering with World Impact’s children’s ministry for kids ages 5-12. We prepared lunch for them, and I received some lovely artwork pictured on the left. In the afternoon, we helped a retired second grade teacher move into her new apartment before exploring the city of Newark, pictured on the right.
Sunday: After a breathtaking sunrise from the roof of the school, we visited World Impact Community Church. Worshiping with the teachers, missionaries, and volunteers who mentored us gave so much meaning to the work we did this week.