Give Thanks | Satyn

I’ve been coming to USC for more than two years, and I want to thank you for the things you have given to us at the USC, like the crayons and pencils, and the TV, even though we don’t watch it very much. Also thank you for the money to go to K-State and for letting us go to the Kansas City Community Gardens. And thank you for the educational books we read and for the Bibles. Thank you also for the ping pong and pool table and also the air hockey table as well…

Thank you for everything you have given.

Sincerely, Satyn

Empowering Indigenous Leaders

Empowering indigenous leaders to serve within their community is an investment that pays exponential dividends and has generational impact.

The Urban Scholastic Center recently hired four teens who have grown in our ministry and now serve as Indigenous Interns. These students help lead both our summer outreach ministries and the Soul Food ministry. Other interns also work with a small group of students in the Life Enrichment program on Mondays and Tuesdays. Students leading other students is one way that we are achieving our mission to Develop Socially Responsible Christian Leaders.

In addition to empowering teens to serve, USC has also identified several adults who have already made a tremendous impact in our ministry but lack the network to raise support to serve in full-time ministry. We want to hire people from within our community to serve with us; therefore, we have established the Indigenous Leader Fund, created solely to provide financial support to have indigenous leaders serve in part-time and/or full-time ministry.

Pray with us as we develop more indigenous leaders to lead at the USC, in our community and the world.

Scripture: Ephesians 2:10, For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Other News:

  • Teachers from Mark Twain Elementary School will prepare the meal for our Soul Food ministry on Wednesday, January 30!
  • Thank you to donors who made it possible for 10 students to attend the Harlem Globetrotters game at the Sprint Center!
  • 10 students took part in Junior Bible Quiz competition on January 19. We are excited to see them eager to learn the Word of God!
  • The Urban Economics Academy will host an economics camp over spring break.
  • Our first USC Mission House will be completed by this summer.

Prayer Requests and Needs:

  • Please pray that the parents who attend the adult Bible study on Wednesday evenings would continue to grow closer to the Lord.
  • This semester we will share the Gospel with dozens of student-athletes who come to the USC for pre-game meals. Please pray that student-athletes will become dedicated followers of Jesus Christ and get connected to a healthy Bible-teaching church.
  • We are in need of granola bars for students in our after-school program. Please rally your family, business or church small group to bless our ministry with granola bars.

Click here to put more Indigenous Leaders in urban ministry.

He Was Stabbed In the Chest | Teach Me

Who is this person? He entered Morehouse College at age 15 and earned his first degree by age 19. He earned his second college degree by age 21 and earned a PhD in Systematic Theology from Boston College at age 26. He wrote five books and was violently stabbed in the chest with a letter opener at one of his book signings. He was a pastor and the youngest person to ever receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

Most people don’t know these things about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. because they were never taught them. These fascinating facts were found because of a desire to learn more than what I was taught in school. We don’t want people in our urban community to continue to suffer because of lack of knowledge and education. Our goals at The Urban Scholastic Center are to connect students to Jesus Christ, improve their academic performance, enhance their leadership skills and empower them to make positive contributions in our community and the world.

Scripture: Proverbs 9:9, Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning.

We invite you to help us empower students through education and the Gospel of Jesus Christ – Journey With Us.

Black People Don’t Camp

I remember the first time my wife (Caucasian) told me she would like for our family to go camping. I was sorry to have to be the one to break the news to her, so I gently said, “Honey, Black people don’t camp.” Now before you send me an email stating that “African American people do, in fact, camp,” please understand that my response is true of most urban/inner-city families; at least it was the case for most of the kids I grew up with. Despite my reluctance, we went camping with my wife’s family.

After I got over the initial shock of understanding that we would be sleeping outside in tents (with all of the bears and wolves and snakes and monsters), I was OK. As a matter of fact, I had a wonderful time! My exposure to that camping trip gave me an opportunity to experience something I had never done before. It also gave me a desire to expose our urban students to these types of opportunities.

Each year we take our students on adventures that expand their vision for life. Many have gone canoeing, skiing, water-tubing and golfing. We also take students to college campuses each semester.

Thanks to your support, we are exposing urban children and teens to places they may otherwise not have a chance to visit.

Click here to help more students experience new opportunities.