Their signs read, "From street survivors to future leaders... Will you help us get there?"
Last week, MITS brought in our first intake of new students from the streets. We bring in students in groups for several reasons:
1) It's easier on the students. Leaving the freedom of the streets and entering a new school where you don't know anyone is a scary experience. When we bring in new students in groups, the shock of being the "new kid on the block" is lessened. Though they are not always the same age as one another, frequently our new students develop fast and deep friendships with the other students in their intake group—much like your class year in grade school.
2) It's easier on the staff too! New students mean new bedding packs, tours of campus, orientation, and answering an endless amount of questions about life at MITS. It's a lot easier (and more fun) for the staff to welcome several students at a time and help them start their new life away from the streets.
3) It helps us find sponsors. See those seven fresh faces? (Eight if you count the baby.) Their days on the streets may be behind them, but our work supporting them—teaching, feeding, loving, and mentoring daily—has just begun. After assigning them a bed, a uniform, and meeting their needs, our next step is to prayerfully match each of them with a sponsor who donates monthly toward the cost of caring for each of them. Might that sponsor be you? Visit our Sponsorship page to learn about our student sponsorship program and—if you feel led—register to support one of these seven precious new students during their time with us at Made in the Streets.
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