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|Posted on December 16, 2011 at 9:44 AM||comments (76)|
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|Posted on August 3, 2011 at 8:05 PM||comments (149)|
Wow what a summer! We have seen our Lord do some amazing
things. Every day we are watching lives be transformed through
faith and education. Set forth below are some highlights from
1. We moved into our new location.
2. We have filled the bellies of hundreds of kids.
3. Eight of our guys have held down jobs for the entire summer and will continue employment throughout the school year.
4. One kid earned a 17k scholarship to HYCA and has graduated pre-challenge.
5. Two of our guys worked extra hard in summer school earning enough credits to graduate their senior year on time.
6. One of our long time students earned his EMR and EMT certification.
7. We have six guys enrolled and starting college this August. Four at Ivy Tech and two at IUPUI.
8. One student took his placement test at IUPUI and was expecting to need several remedial classes. To all of our shock he scored so high in math that he received a full ride scholarship from the school and was accepted into their Civil engineering program.
9. We took our scholars for a day of fun and celebration at Holiday World and Splashing Safari.
10. We competed in boxing tournaments all over Indiana and achieved a high level of success.
11. We have celibrated our first College graduate. In addition he has passed the NCLEX earning his nursing liscesne.
In all, it has been an amazing summer.
Let me conclude with one final story. One of our kids has the nick name is “Big’em” as he is the bigger
of he and his twin brother. Big’em is a extremely small for his age of 14. He loves animals and the kids
call him the “urban Steve Irwin”. Big’em has brought everything from rats , raccoons and snakes to the
gym. He loves these wild animals and oddly enough they seem to love him back. A few years back he
was shot with a BB gun just above his eye causing a blinding cataract. One day, a Dr. friend and
supporter of A.I. stopped by the gym to see our new location. He noticed the blinding cataract and
mentioned that it may be possible to remove the cataract and restore Big’em’s sight. We made a follow
up call to another friend who is an eye surgeon and he is interested in helping the young man receive sight
in his bad eye. Early this September we will take Big’em and his mother to their first consultation. Please
join us in prayer as they attempt to restore sight to this young man. It is amazing to see the hope that was
instilled in a kid who was complacent to live blind in one eye. WOW!! That’s how our Lord works. He
uses a fresh set of eyes to notice the blind and then gives them sight. I recall the scripture in John 9 where
Jesus gave the blind man sight. “He replied, "The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my
eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see."
I am grateful for the front row seat our Lord has given me to this mission. We will cap off our summer
by competing under a tent this Saturday at the Black Expo in Anderson. After that we will shut our doors
for two weeks to get kids settled in to school. We will re-open Aug 22 and begin our fall hours. We are
still in need of tutors for our study tables. Please join us in prayer as we take it to the streets and transform
lives through faith and education. I also ask that you will lift up in prayer the Blackburn family. Personal
friends and supporters of A.I., the Blackburns’have suffered a great loss. Please add them to your daily
|Posted on June 8, 2011 at 11:03 PM||comments (28)|
Achieve International has moved into its new location. Our new building is in the Brookside Industrial complex on the east side of Indianapolis. This serves as a perfect location for the kids in our programs. We share the complex with the IMPD Gang task force and a wonderful Christian Day care. Many don’t know that we endured the winter in a dilapidated building that had no bathrooms or running water. When it would rain outside the leaks in the roof allowed it to rain inside resulting in standing water on the floor. Furthermore, we had no heat all winter long. Now, one would think that no kid would come to such a place. However, we registered 145 kids during our time there and averaged 40 kids a week. Despite the less than desirable conditions we filled hundreds of young bellies with food, feed young minds with the God’s amazing Love story, gave away 200 Bibles, picked up 4 state boxing championships and 2 silver medals in the Junior Olympics. Our Lord has gone before us and anointed us to preach His love to the poor. Through much prayer and hard work we have found a new home. In addition to central heat and air, our new building has an office, kitchen and two bathrooms. We have a nice sized classroom where we will host our anger management classes, financial classes, and Bible studies. Team Achieve now has a locker room and a full boxing/wrestling gym. We have truly felt the hand of our Lord on us. The kids were elated and felt a sense of pride as we moved in last week. We are running our full summer program as we get settled in and unpacked. Thank you to all of our donors and community partners who help us live out our mission of Transforming Lives Through Faith and Education. Please feel free to drop in anytime or call for a tour.