The Guadalupe summer program starts to wrap up

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Tim and Eliza doing an activity with the little kids during a Guadalupe summer program

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Kenneth and Tim working on an activity for the older kids

Pages made for writing the journals the kids will complete

Pages made for writing the journals the kids will complete. Thanks to Elainne and Eliza for leading this

In Guadalupe, we have had a wonderful summer, that is sadly starting to draw to a close as we get ready for the start of a new school year.  Over 80 kids have been through the two summer programs in the Mercado.  We are getting ready to graduate 5 people from our first ever job training program (all into jobs!).  We have started a constructive relationship with the Maricopa Sheriff department and the Town of Guadalupe.

We are also getting ready to say goodbye to our friends from YWAM (Youth with a Mission) that joined us as an internship after completing a 3 month community development class in Mexico.  Kenneth, Elaine, Judah, Tim, Eliza and Elainne – thank you for sharing yourselves with us over these last few weeks.  Thank you for the help you gave and the relationships you developed.  We pray it has blessed you, for you have certainly blessed us.

God is good and in charge.   And soon we start the fall tutoring – Aug 11 the Lab opens for business!  We are also going to be doing another job training program in partnership with “From Gangs to Jobs”.

 

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Since 2010, Jeff has worked with communities in Arizona and Phoenix Valley of the Sun specifically, walking with communities and helping them positively transform their communities and come closer to the love of God. We work with communities to help them hear their story, to find their assets, to strengthen their voice and then to organize themselves to drive the transformation they want to see. We help them join with partners and collaborators that want to help them see their vision of transformation take place in order to make it real. Our vision is to continue to repeat this long term with the communities so they grow fully into the plan God has for them. Prior to this Jeff spent almost 25 years in the high tech business, working with Intel corporation in a variety of positions, culminating in being a division general manager for the last four years before God called him to do something else. In this capacity he work with semiconductor manufacturing process and equipment development, manufacturing software development management and large scale enterprise wide software development and deployment. Jeff has a Master degrees in Physics from Clarkson University, a Masters Certificate from Stanford University in Electrical Engineering and a Masters Certificate from the University of California Santa Cruz in Software Engineering. Jeff is also Evangelism Director for his church, Living Faith Anglican Church in Tempe Arizona. Further, he participates with spreading Asset Based Community Development centered, listening based, wholistic mission work worldwide as the Chief Operating Officer of Alliance for Transformational Ministry (ATM). ATM is the umbrella organization for sharing these concepts, teachings, lesson plans and philosophies to the entire world via Community Health Evangelism (CHE) and Collaboration for Neighborhood Transformation (CNT). He is director for Arizona Neighborhood Transformation, which is putting these practices to use in Arizona. Jeff is married to Cindy Frost Bisgrove and has two fantastic boys, Benjamin and Daniel. He is also shares the house with a cat, two dogs, a gecko and many fish. He loves spending time with his family and his friends. He also enjoys running, hiking, camping and climbing.

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