FRIDAY, MARCH 01, 2024

 

 

Local NJ

One Child at a Time – Maple Leaf Tutoring Program

THE HEART OF A 9 YEAR OLD

Many have volunteered at the Maple Leaf Tutoring Program in Brick for over 12 years now. Here is just one testimony that happened this month with one of our students…

Since covid, we have had a “invite only” for our students so that our volunteers to student ratio is doable and allows us to build on more relationships with the students. In the fall a young student, D’Mari, came to us and asked if he could be a part of the program. Quite and somewhat shy, we said yes and he began coming. We come to find out in January that he has been bullied in and out of school. We addressed this with the entire group. A few weeks ago we had the students play a game where they partnered up and one person was blindfolded while the other person had to direct them through an obstacle course by only using their voice as the other students were making noise. At the end we talked to them about the importance of listening to God’s voice in the midst of all the other “noise” that we can hear around us.

When the students went on to their next activity, D’Mari stayed behind. He looked at me and said, “Ms. Pam, can I tell you something?” I replied, “Sure”. He then said with tears coming into his eyes, “I don’t know, you may be mad at me.” I assured him that he could tell me anything and that I would not be mad at him. This is what he said next, “My dad doesn’t believe in God, I am not sure if I believe in God, but I have been coming here and each day I hear about Jesus and God, I just don’t know what to believe.” Then my eyes wanted to fill with tears! I took him on the side and we talked about Jesus. I believe this conversation will be one of many going forward. Please pray for D’Mari and his sweet heart, that Jesus will fill it! And for his dad to come to believe as well!

This is why we do what we do and we are so thankful for ALL who volunteer, pray and support the different parts of the ministry!

 

 

Albania

Prayers for Pastors, Staff and Supported Ministries – Global

FEBRUARY 2024

As we continue to highlight those that SOFM support through our General Fund each month, here are those who are being supported globally as they bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to both Albania and Italy. 

ALBANIA

In 2014 Step of Faith was introduced to Albania. We started with support for two young Muslim converts who wanted to go to seminary. Years later SOFM continues to support many areas of need in Albania including Pastor Support. SOFM began supporting Pastor Plator as he oversees and ministers to the people of  Libonik and the 98 villages that surround them. Plator’s commitment to spreading the Gospel throughout this area to those who have never heard the name of Jesus [atheists and Muslim communities] is producing so much fruit! Through Pastor Plator, not only are many coming to faith, but there is an “army” of Christians being raised up through these churches to go out and continue to spread the Gospel in this nation. Albania has less than 2% evangelical Christians. Pastor Plator’s support comes through our General Fund.

 

ITALY

In 2012 SOFM began to go to Atlantic City for summer mission trips and serve alongside Pastor Santo Garafalo and his staff of New City Fellowship. Since then, all who go down for summer trips and day trips during the year have been blessed to not only serve this community and share the love of Jesus but also have been discipled by New City about cross-cultural ministry and how to help connect the community to the church. Last year Pastor Santo and his wife MaryEllen moved to Salerno Italy (still serving in their denomination) and helping a small church spread the Gospel in this part of Italy. Surprisingly, Italy has less than 2% evangelical Christians. SOFM continues to support him and what he is doing through our General Fund.

We are excited to partner with these men, their wives and their growing ministry.  If you would like to help get behind the funding of one of them, you can, by donating through our General Fund. Your support will help SOFM continue our global outreach to those who have yet to hear and receive Jesus. And your prayers for them is always appreciated! God is blessing their ministries in big ways! Thank you!


Contact Step of Faith

    Step of Faith Ministry, Inc.
    PO Box 805
    Brick, NJ 08723
    United States of America