Our Círculo Andante ministry
When we first met Briseida, she was a tough little girl who wouldn't speak to us. She was behind academically for her age and when she did talk, she either swore or said, "I can't." Despite the fact that she rarely participated, Briseida regularly came to our Círculo Andante ministry with her three siblings, and she spent most of her time disrupting the other children.
It has taken nearly four years, but we have finally seen Briseida start to open up and participate in Círculo, our ministry that disciples local Mexican children through education. By intentionally seeking her with love and acceptance, we’ve seen a transformation in her. She now respects others, finishes her classes, and even hugs our ministry team when they arrive and depart.
This is the heart behind Círculo. We desire to develop children into lifelong learners and Christ-followers. This ministry meets once a week with kids ages 3-13 and teaches them to love God, love others, and love themselves. We discuss these core values and then teach lessons that help strengthen math and reading skills.
One exciting new addition to this ministry is the "Biblioteca Andante," or the “Mobile Library Bus.” We have converted a school bus into a library in order to take books to the poorest communities, where access to city libraries is limited and education levels are very low. In addition to promoting literacy, the library bus teaches children to be responsible and trustworthy.