On Tuesday, November 13, over 250 people gathered at the Pinnacle Center in Hudsonville, Michigan for Jubilee’s 9th Annual Celebration Event. The elements of the program gave thanks to God for the countless ways he has poured out his blessing on the ministry of Jubilee over the past nine years.
After an introduction by Rick Beggs, the event featured a musical proclamation of thanksgiving–Jubilee music director Paola Soto sang “Fidelidad” (translated “Faithfulness”) with choruses of “Great is thy Faithfulness” and “Give Thanks.”
In their speech “Giving Thanks in All Things,” co-directors David and Emily Romero also proclaimed gratefulness for God’s faithfulness and recounted two moving stories of Jubilee students who led their families to faith in Jesus.
In 2010, Jubilee opened a preschool and kindergarten with 80 students, 6 staff members, and an operating budget of $18,000. During the 2018 school year, which ended in early November, Jubilee school served 245 students in Pre-K to 6th grade and after-school programming with 33 staff members. Since its beginning, Jubilee has grown its ministry beyond the school day to include after-school programming, a middle school support program, music academy, and church–growth reflected in a 2018 operating budget of $400,000.
These statistics demonstrate much more than programmatic expansion. They reflect hundreds of children’s futures now pointed toward opportunities that were never available to them. They represent the lives of students and families that have been transformed by encounters with God’s Word. They are tangible indicators of the Lord’s enduring faithfulness to this ministry of hope, which he has planted in a city known for danger and poverty.
The fruit of Jubilee’s ministry has powerful potential in a time when some Hondurans are fleeing the country. Emily explained, “The mass of migrants are mostly poor Hondurans without jobs, without hope, many fleeing violence or violent threats, in hopes that seeking the dangerous unknown could be better than staying in Honduras. There is little that could be more sustainable for the long-term and transformation in the lives of children and families, than creating hope, providing high-quality, Christ-centered education, and shaping the next generation to dream and to thrive within their own country. This is what Hondurans desire, to be able to live with dignity in their beautiful country.”
Jubilee, through God’s grace, is cultivating Christ-centered individuals who will bring hope and justice to their communities and their country.
Through the generosity of attendees and the Matching Fund, the event raised $90,000–another testament to God’s faithfulness. An additional $100,000 is needed to meet the 2018 fundraising goal.
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