Love in Practical Ways

Love in Practical Ways

School closures related to COVID-19 have pushed marginalized students closer to the brink of failure, but our YFC Campus Life Military leaders at Fort Meade in Maryland are coming alongside these kids by offering tutoring program to the community surrounding the U.S. Army base.

Chris Martin, YFC’s Director there, works part-time as a substitute teacher in two public schools operated at Fort Meade. Immediately after he started subbing, he observed extra challenges the schools face. According to an article published in September 2019 in the Capital Gazette, students at Meade High were three times as likely to face arrest in school than the rest of Anne Arundel County.

New leaders in the schools are working hard to effectively turn the tide for all students, and YFC hopes to come alongside as a partner to facilitate those changes beginning with after school one-on-one tutoring.

Chris says the challenges are a golden opportunity for YFC to demonstrate God’s love in practical ways because solving practical crises can lead to sharing the gospel to solve spiritual crises.

“I don’t think these kids will come to YFC for Jesus,” he said. “I think they’ll come to YFC because we help meet specific needs they have in their own lives — that is what drew me to Christ.”

The depth of the academic problem became evident when Chris discovered one seventh grader didn’t know her times tables in math.

“She desperately wanted to learn. [She wasn’t] disruptive at all but totally disengaged. I believe with direction from the schools we can help facilitate students like her get back on track,” Chris said.

Stories like this are why YFC is helping students learn the skills and make the grades necessary to advance successfully through the school system.

“That is a real need,” Chris continues. “Students are being promoted without the skills to manage at the next grade level. YFC is not here to curse the darkness. We are here to light a candle in a student’s life…one at a time.”

Martin is recruiting Fort Meade’s service members and dependents, along with like-minded civilians who are Christ-followers to help pour into the lives of students through the tutoring ministry.

“While there are few to no extrinsic rewards the intrinsic rewards never seize. The joy in knowing one has made a significant difference is mind-blowing!

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