Bayshore Christian Ministries was established to serve the children and teens who live in East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park, California. Regardless of race, religion, ability, or ethnic origin, Bayshore strives to help them grow into healthy adults that will positively influence their families and community.
This year, BCM hired seven local young adults to run the summer programs. The interns arrived in late June for training which was offered in partnership with another local nonprofit, Able Works. They ended their summer with a retreat where they reflected on their new abilities to work better on teams, solve problems more effectively and communicate clearly to their supervisors. We are prayerful that these job skills gained will serve them well into their future. Two other young summer leaders are of special note and are both alumnae of BCM programs. Sammetra Daniels returned from New York where she works with at risk youth, to be our Summer Bible Club Outreach Assistant. And, Jazmin Perez, a sophomore at Ohio University, returned as our Creative Arts Coordinator. We're so thankful for their support, and so proud of all they have accomplished so far.
There were many highlights this year. One of our interns, Jorge Peraza learned he could be used to change a child's life in the classroom. The girl's name was Daniela. Jorge noticed she was extremely shy around new people, and didn't want to give answers when called on in class, even though she knew the answer. Her apprehension may have been caused by a lack of self-confidence developed when she was held back in the first grade. When Jorge discovered this, he thought about what he could do to make all of his students feel comfortable contributing in class.
He began to research online, and found out if he arranged the seating in a certain way, it would minimize distractions in the classroom. After implementing that simple change, and intentionally working with Daniela, Jorge noticed a difference. Daniela understood much of the curriculum, and even raised her hand to answer the questions. Jorge was so excited to be affirmed as a teacher and mentor of the students he was entrusted with this summer. And, he learned a valuable lesson: if something isn't working, put in the effort to try to change it. You might just change the situation--and change someone's life!
In the spirit of giving, our board members cooked a homemade Christmas Dinner for over 100 families and children in East Palo Alto from Bayshore Christian Ministries Bible study program and O'Keefe tutoring program. We wouldn't have been able to do it without our wonderful volunteers.
Christmas Dinner Program
Opening prayer - Pastor Bennett
Scripture reading - Giselle
Testimony - Jordan Vargas
Brief Sermon - 'The Real Meaning of Christmas', Pastor Les
Testimony - Matt Nguyen
Close - Invitation to Christ
Prayer for Dinner
Carolers and Special Performances
Beth and Emily Kam Christmas Duet
Christmas Gift Give-Away
We thank everyone who came together and collaborated to make this event possible. May the Lord bless you abundantly! Thank you Chao Foundation, Transparent Fish Fund, O’Keefe Family Center, Peninsula Free Methodist Church, Lord's Grace Christian Church, other Bay area churches, and TFish friends. We thank our wonderful cooks who prepared a delicious meal for the families: Ping & Amy Chao, Paul & Cindy Chan, Henry & Lisa Chang, Anna Mar, Jei Shuan & Su-Chen, Gloria Yu, and Adelina Tan. Thank you to the BCM Team, Yee Family, All Volunteers, Worship Team, Table Hosts, Speakers, Performers, Interns, and Helpers.
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