God has given us the opportunity to invest in the lives of the kids in Sunset Acres through our tutoring program. Each Wednesday, volunteers help them with their homework and focus on areas where they are having difficulty. This also give us an opportunity to share God’s love for them through the Gospel. God has brought many children into our lives so that we might share Jesus by serving and speaking the truth in love.
For several years, we were privileged to be involved in our local elementary school. S.T.A.M.P. (Sunset Tutoring and Mentoring Program) began when we saw a need at Sunset Acres Elementary School and had the opportunity to serve as room parents, classroom helpers, tutors, mentors, and anywhere we were needed.
Springs of Grace is located in a Shreveport community called Sunset Acres. In fact, our original name was Sunset Acres Baptist Church. Our neighborhood is a predominately African-American, low-income, high-risk neighborhood. The high school dropout rate is notoriously high in this area, and the crime rate is substantial. But to us, Sunset Acres is just an area full of neighbors whom we love and desire to love better. Some of the ways we endeavor to love our neighbor in Sunset Acres include Monday Night Club For nearly 20 years, we have been privileged to open our church gym on Monday nights for young men and women in our neighborhood to play basketball and engage in Bible study. The doors open each Monday at 6 pm.
Our gym is open to children Mondays through Thursdays every summer for basketball, table games, Bible study, and all kinds of fellowship. We average 70 neighborhood children every day and love to see the gym full. Our summer intern ministry has shaped many young men and women for ministry, whether as members of a local church, ordained ministers, or missionaries to the world. In recent years especially, Springs of Grace interns have served as the lifeblood for our summer CLC program, leading Bible studies and building relationships with neighborhood children.
We are privileged to partner with missionaries from the U. S. and around the world in sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ. Each year at Christmastime, funds given through "Miracle Month" help provide the monies needed to support these men and women in Kingdom work.