Anton Kapusi – Pueblo, Colorado … A year ago, the Outreach and Education Center (OEC) at Pueblo was emerging. The education part, led by Sherry Hornbucker, was conceived from an idea of an afterschool, one-on-one tutoring program for grades 1-12. After agreeing to use Math Recovery© and Barton Reading and Spelling System©, volunteers lined up for training as they looked to become personal tutors to the children.
The student group grew as the semester progressed. We started with three students, then the fourth joined. As the second semester started, the group grew to nine of which only two were from an Adventist family. The dedication and commitment of the tutoring staff and their leader Sherry is exemplary. Their influence goes beyond the children and the subjects they are covering.
Some parents, seeing the stirring influence tutoring has on their children, want to join the tutoring staff. In addition, a teenage student joined the church’s youth club and is willing to learn more about Jesus, while others made friends and can’t wait to meet at OEC, their home away from home.
A short while ago, while training the tutors, Sherry said, “Pastor, we are running out of tutors. We must do something.” This urgency reminded me of what Jesus said: “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore, pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest” (Luke 10:2).
We are praying and claiming the promise of the Lord of the harvest “send more tutors” into the fields. There are a variety of fields with ripe crops waiting for harvest. Will you also pray for Pueblo OEC and its need for tutors?
You will be blessed by doing so!
—Anton Kapusi is the Lead Pastor at Pueblo First Seventh-day Adventist Church. Photos supplied.