By Nykell Flowers
OSU Social Work Intern
Thursday, September 10th was my first night meeting the children at Kids Club. I wasn’t sure what to expect. The first night was very overwhelming but overwhelming in a good way. I was exposed to many children of different ages and ethnicity. I was even exposed to children who didn’t speak English, which was one of the more difficult things I had to deal with at Kids Club. It broke my heart when I wasn’t able to play one of the games with a little girl because it required us to talk to each other and she didn’t know English and I knew very little Spanish. It definitely made me want to pick up Spanish classes again and made me regret not taking seriously the Spanish classes I took in high school. Being bilingual in this day and age is very important.
At the Family ESL Program, SON Ministries does a good job with trying to meet the needs of all of the people (ages 3 months – grandparent age!) who come to learn English or receive help with homework. Everything at the program is very well organized. I can definitely tell that everyone that was present (staff and volunteers!) was really there for the good of the people and willing to do whatever it takes to make this night as smooth – and welcoming – as possible for them.
At SON Ministries, we bring HOPE to children and families in need by connecting them to people, resources and a HAND UP to break the cycle of poverty.
By: Kara Williams
OSU Social Work Intern
As an intern serving on the team of SON Ministries, I feel privileged to experience such an abundant learning opportunity. This is my third week onboard, and I must say, my perspectives have already been challenged. As a senior in the social work program at OSU, cultural competency is a goal I have continually strived to achieve. However, after attending just one evening of the “Kids Club” portion of SON Ministries’ Family ESL Program, I am learning that this goal of mine is ongoing, and will require my heart to remain open to understanding backgrounds different from my own.
I had the pleasure of interacting with children of various ages from opposite sides of the world, and witnessing God’s hand in it all. It was humbling to observe children much younger than myself, who may or may not understand one another’s language, sit together playing and laughing. A five year old little girl, speaking only Spanish, sitting beside a seven year old little girl, speaking near perfect English, giggling as friends makes me proud of where my hope comes from.
I myself made several new friends, whom I hope to interact with again in the coming weeks. I have a feeling that at the end of the year, I will discover that these children were a greater blessing to me, than me to them.
I’ve grown up hearing how impacting first impressions can be, and in this case, I believe it to be true.
At SON Ministries, People are our Priority – relationships are our goal.