We’d like to start our first official newsletter with a thank you to all of those who have been praying for the Éleos Ministry and the students and families of Nicholtown. We also want to reiterate our gratitude to those who have given of their time and finances. As the new school year is well under way, we are excited to continue to watch these students grow and realize the incredible potential each one of them holds.
It has been a season of change not only for these students, but for Éleos as well. Renovations are moving along on the new tutoring/co-work space and the Nicholtown Community Center is the new (temporary) venue for Tuesday open gym, Q+A, and evening meals. Through these changes we will continue to maintain our schedule of basketball, Q+A time on Christianity and life, and evening meals. The LEAD project has also proven to be a huge encouragement as a group of students continue to attend at the Hill’s house on a weekly basis for dinner and in-depth discussion regarding the Bible and the essence of Christianity. As the year progresses, we continue to ask for your prayers for the families and students of Nicholtown. God Bless!
NewSpring For SC Workday and Renovations
On Saturday, August 26, NewSpring Church hosted a workday at the tutoring/co-work space. We are so thankful for their generosity! As a result of their hard work, a significant amount of demolition and de-construction was accomplished. In order for the new to come, the old must go! Their time and efforts officially kicked off the renovation process. Thank you NewSpring!
Our renovation project manager, Joey Short, has made great progress since the work day and, due to his and many others’ hard work, we are planning on opening the center in mid-November. In anticipation of the opening of this space, this past Tuesday Nicholtown Missionary Baptist Church hosted a community event. Students from the surrounding area performed poetry, music, and dance in a theme that explored the Harlem Renaissance.
Back-to-School Basketball, BBQ, and Tutoring
While NewSpring was hard at work, Éleos hosted a back-to-school BBQ, which not only included basketball, but haircuts provided by our good friend and Éleos volunteer Qua. In addition, we were able to distribute some back to school bags and school supplies. We were also blessed to have some of the NewSpring Volunteers join us for some hot dogs after their work day.
As the school year continues, the ministry is seeking to raise parental awareness of the tutoring options and extracurricular learning opportunities that the new space will offer. Students and staff from several Greenville-area universities and colleges have expressed enduring interest in tutoring students on a regular basis. This could not only provide support for students in their current academic areas but also allow further exposure to higher education and its benefits.
New Location for Tuesday Nights
Due to renovations of the Phyllis Wheatley Center, Éleos has moved Tuesday evening open gym to the Nicholtown Community Center. We are excited to share that they have agreed to let us continue using this location for open gym! God has steadfastly provided as the Community Center is a great location and is within walking distance of most students who regularly attend Éleos.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade.”
-1 Peter 1:3-4