2017 End of Year Update

People ask all the time how we find these kids, what the referral process is. The truth is that we don’t go find our kids, they find us, rather they are brought to us by one another. This is a family, and our kids know that family always cares for one another. They know that if they have a friend that really needs a safe, happy place to be that they may invite them.

The children of ACTS not only demonstrate mature understanding of extending compassion and invitation, but they also have a deep understanding and practice of their faith. Anyone who visits us for the first time, or the first time in a long time, comes to me later and comments about “their prayers!” These young children love the Lord and His creation more than anyone I have ever known. They remember to pray by name for each of their leaders, teen helpers and volunteers. They pray for the support and encouragement from our faithful partners like you. They thank the Lord for the blessing it is that we have THIS day and that we have a meal before us. It’s not lost on them how blessed we are. 

Their prayers bring every guest to tears. Even among those of us that have the privilege of hearing these prayers often, there are still tears.  Week after week, without being asked or prompted, they pray for needs that have arisen, for hope for the future, for those they know need an extra measure of love. God is working in and through these young ones. He is using them to show one another grace and what true peace looks like. And He is using them to bless, challenge and love me more and more every day. Their older siblings may have started ACTS, but these little ones will sustain it. It has been nearly a decade in the making, this ministry that ACTS is today, and I have so much hope and joy for what the next decade will bring!  

Jaime Blom, Executive Director

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2016 Year End Update

2016 was a big growth year for the ACTS family. Our younger generation of kids, ages 8-12, grew from about 8 participants to 20 in a few months. Several older, original students are now in roles of leadership. 

“It is important for this ministry to continue into the future for these younger kids. For me I know ACTS helps kids, because it helped me. Being a part of this family has had a great impact on my life.”

ACTS is more than a place to hang out. Our community is faith and family based. We focus on building respect and relationships.

“It’s a safe place to be YOU. No one judges you. We eat like a family,  pray like a family, and discuss things like a family. We are a family.”

Jerry’s life with ACTS demonstrates in a powerful way the core values of EMBRACE, EQUIP, and EMPOWER. For those who have walked with us since the beginning, thanks for your faithfulness. For our newer friends, thank you for energy, ideas and encouragement.

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2015 Year-End Update

“As friends, family, and ministry associates, you inspire me to be faithful to the call. I am deeply grateful for hugs, prayers, encouragement, dreaming with me (and shared cups of coffee). Some of you have walked with me for 9 years.

In this newsletter we share a variety of praises, challenges and opportunities. The complexity of our work reveals itself in the reality that our call to ministry is relational. Kids don’t graduate from ACTS with a certificate. We help them find new roles and opportunities to lead within ACTS and elsewhere. One of our first students, Rey, is now preparing for college and regularly leads and mentors our younger kids. We love him. 

Please consider deliberately and prayerfully the support invitations shared below. Our ACTS kids recognize the personal investments in their lives... their school art teacher, the coffee shop owner, neighbors on their street, and Jaime’s friends and family. Please stand with us for His beloved children.” -Jaime Blom, Executive Director