The latest bi-monthly edition of ROP’s eNewsletter – Urban Voices – is now available on ROP’s website.
This 2-page edition of Urban Voices includes the following articles:
Click on this link – Urban Voices – August 1, 2017 Edition. (If you cannot see the embedded version, just click on the link below it to access the current and older editions of Urban Voices.)
Hope you enjoy this edition of Urban Voices.
Earlier this afternoon, our Work Readiness Team, a couple students and several ROP staff had the privilege of celebrating the achievement of the GED with our most recent GED graduate, Nadia Saidi. The following is a little bit of Nadia’s story provided by Marla Vlieger, ROP’s Education Director:
Nadia started attending Work Readiness in December 2015. She had recently immigrated to the US from Kampala, Uganda. Only one year after completing high school in Uganda, Nadia needed both a GED and a job as soon as possible. Nadia is very smart and had studied English for years. Within 2 weeks, our tutoring team helped her write a resume and fill out a job application and she was hired at the Hyatt downtown. She’s been working full time at this job for the last year and a half while studying for her GED. This past March, she started taking her GED tests. Math was the hardest. She took that test first, but didn’t pass. So she went on to take and pass the Language Arts, Science and Social Studies tests before going back to Math. On June 16th, she passed the Math test. Yay! Nadia has already begun 2 college level courses, so she’s already on her way to her next academic goal – a college degree! She bought a car and is now learning to drive. She’s excited to learn about business and open up many opportunities in her life.
Way to go, Nadia! And way to go, Work Readiness Team! You may not know this, but the GED tests were made much more difficult a few years ago and it is now much easier to graduate from high school than to earn a GED. So every GED graduate we see represents a lot of very hard work on the part of the student and ROP’s tutors. Congratulations all around!
Restoration Outreach Programs is pleased to announce that Tom Adams will be joining ROP’s staff as our Associate Executive Director, effective July 1st. In this position, Tom will be partnering with Kent Scroggs in all aspects of leading ROP’s ministry with a primary emphasis on fundraising and development. By way of introduction, here is a little of Tom’s story.
Tom grew up near Portland, OR. After graduating from the University of Portland with a business degree, Tom joined the military. There he connected with a small group of soldiers who looked forward to a weekly chapel service where God started speaking to him. After leaving the military, Tom heard a local evangelist speak the words that changed his life, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” A relationship with Jesus was the answer to Tom’s search for greater purpose and meaning.
After surrendering his life to Christ, Tom had the opportunity to preach for a year through a Christain ministry at Zion National Park where he met his soon to be wife, Stephanie. After the year at Zion, Tom eventually moved to Denver where he got engaged to Stephanie. Together, they ministered overseas with YWAM prior to getting married in 2005.
Tom and Stephanie have now been married for 12 years. They have 6 children, 3 boys and 3 girls, ages 11 years to 6 mos. They have been members of Bridgeway Church in Denver since 2003.
Tom has been coordinating a lunch outreach ministry for 5 years on the 16th street mall while working in the oil and gas industry. Notwithstanding limited direct fund-raising experience, Tom has successfully raised funds for his church and for several mission trips. More importantly, we believe Tom’s strong relational skills and his heart to see people’s lives transformed and used in service of God’s Kingdom will make him a great fit for his new role at ROP.
Please join with all of us in praying for Tom and his family as he transitions into ministry at ROP.
- Monday – Soccer – We are more than conquerors when we Practice with Purpose
- Tuesday – Basketball – We are more than conquerors when we Listen to my Leaders
- Wednesday – Volleyball – We are more than conquerors when we are Courageous
- Thursday – Badminton – We are more than conquerors when we Restore our Minds and Bodies
One quick reminder: Pedal 4A Purpose 2017 is scheduled for Saturday, September 23rd. Registration fees go about on July 1st. Click here for more information or to register.
- If You Had a Magic Wand and Could Change One Thing, What Would It be? – That was one of three questions that we asked participants in our first Neighborhood Meeting on May 25th. Kent Scroggs (that’s me) shares about this important step as ROP moves forward in implementing Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) in our community.
- Story Telling – Great for Engaging Kids – Great for Sharing God’s Word – ROP Youth Director, Matt Smith, shares how story-telling has become a key tool for ROP in reaching out to the kids of our community. He is so excited about it that ROP is co-sponsoring a September 9th training on this very effective method for sharing God’s Word.
- “I Always Wanted to be a Missionary” – ROP thanks God for Sharalyn Warren and the more than seven years she served the people of our community as a Work Readiness Tutor and an English as a Second Language Teacher. In this article, Sharalyn shares some of her experiences and lessons learned as a “missionary” at ROP.
- Provides a great opportunity for bike riders of all abilities to enjoy a supported ride with family and friends. It offers rides from as short as you like (5.5 miles to first aid station) to as long as 63 miles (with 4,522 feet of total elevation gain).
- Provides a great venue at Bear Creek Church and food provided by Chick-fil-A.
- Offers supporting churches and other nonprofits an opportunity to partner with ROP and share the funds raised by their teams up to 80/20 with ROP. (Youth groups and short-term mission teams please take note.)
- Offers a lot of great prizes for top fund-raisers and all participants. Our grand prize again this year is a $1,000 gift certificate from Schwab Cycles. Last year, all of our riders received a prize!
- New Time – Pedal 4A Purpose 2017 has been moved from early June to Saturday, September 23rd. This timing works better for us and we hope it will work better for our riders as well with less competition from other events and the likelihood (no guarantees) of better weather.
- New Start/Stop Location – Our base of operations has moved from Denver Seminary to Bear Creek Church (3101 S. Kipling St., Lakewood). While the start-stop has changed, the Main Loop and Deer Creek Challenge Loop remain the same, sort of. The Main Loop will run the opposite direction (clockwise) and an additional restop has been added.
- New Run/Walk Course – The move to Bear Creek Church allows us to add a run-walk option for those that prefer “pedding” (staying on their feet) to pedaling. Click here to checkout the run/walk course. (Nothwithstanding this addition, we are not changing the name of our event :-).