Monthly Archives: October 2015

A Morning in Poverty

Poverty Simulation 21

Nykell Flowers

OSU Social Work Intern

This morning I had the pleasure of experiencing ” A Morning in Poverty.” I was able to experience this in a different way because SON Ministries facilitated a Poverty Simulation in Grove City for their school district. I have experienced poverty before but it was breath-taking to observe groups of people from all walks of life trying to figure out solutions to their unfortunate circumstances. Each family was given scenarios and little to no resources to make ends meet. People were really creative in their problem solving. I think it really made people get out of their comfort zone. Also, I think a lot of time people can’t get through poverty because they panic once it happens, especially people that experience situational poverty. This Poverty Simulation gave people the opportunity to have the skills to be able to get through poverty situations and more importantly lightening up their hearts when dealing with people in poverty.

At Son Ministries, we nurture dreams to alleviate poverty.

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Bracelet Connections

Kara Williams

OSU Social Work Intern

2015/16 Academic Year

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This week at Kids Club I organized an activity at the craft table for the children to make bracelets. I prepared individual bags full of colorful beads along with thread for them to string them in their own unique way. The doors to the Quiet Zone opened, and boys and girls alike raced over to claim their seat around the table, anxious to begin their creation.

I found myself smiling the entire evening watching them share beads and ideas with one another (good collaboration!), and calling me over to show me their newest prized possession. When it was time to clean up around the craft table, I heard some of the children saying, “make sure we save all the extra beads so we can do this again next time!” I was thrilled by their enthusiasm – and their responsible care of resources (a SON Ministries value we teach)!

Seeing the children’s reaction to this activity truly motivates me to bring more new and exciting activities to Kids Club, knowing the value placed on my investment in them – and the time we are blessed to have with them!

At SON Ministries, we nurture DREAMS to alleviate poverty. 

Being the Difference

Being the Difference

By: Kara Williams

SON Ministries

OSU Social Work Intern

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The ESOL/Kids Club program is now finding its rhythm, and we adult leaders are beginning to see which faces will be with us every week verses the families that come more sporadically. Although on an average night, there are a large number of children to oversee, I have made it my personal goal to connect with as many as I can in a greater way than just ensuring their safety. I have made it a priority to pay great attention to the little things, such as learning the children’s names and asking about their school days. Thus far, I have come to realize how large an impact these small efforts have on them. Looking into a child’s eyes and smiling with excitement as they talk about what is being taught in their classroom brings them great joy. Showing interest in their favorite activities, and initiating to participate with them transfers feelings of acceptance and importance to them. Calling them by name shows them that they are worth knowing individually.

Ultimately, knowing I have the ability to make this kind of difference by simply showing up and being real to them, motivates my heart to serve them greater. I have found myself anticipating the hugs from these children I have the pleasure of knowing, each week. I know this program is making a difference when the children arrive and I see their faces light up to see me there again, just as they expected. Being a consistent friend to them is the most effective way of sharing God’s love with them, and I am honored to be a part of His call, serving with this team.

We see each person CREATED in God’s own image: each has a purpose and a voice.