In January 2017, our Tioga school family grew by forty students when we launched participation in the Mayor’s Office’s free Philadelphia Pre-K program. We could not miss this opportunity to serve new community families in Jesus’ name. With these new students, our need for an outdoor playground is more critical than ever.
In April, a suburban YMCA donated two like-new playground structures to NGM. Groundbreaking is scheduled for July! We will provide community and school families with a secure, high-quality playground in a neighborhood where public playgrounds are few, poorly-maintained, and aging.Year-round, the playground will draw families to weekly outreach events and block parties.
We cannot miss this opportunity to give children a safe space to play. The total cost of professional installation, including excavation, surfacing and fencing, is $60,000. Please give today, and earmark your donation for “the Tioga Community Playground Project.” Thank you for partnering with us in God’s call to disciple Philadelphia’s families. Your ongoing support makes our mission possible.
Come, Witness The Gospel
Come To Life
Are you considering volunteering with NGM this summer?
Mark Proto encourages you to jump right in and “[watch] the gospel come to life” in Philadelphia.
Proto runs Martial Arts for Christ, a taekwondo and hapkido training ministry which helps adults and children build valuable leadership traits like self-confidence and self-control.
This 2017 season, Proto will return as a weekly NGM summer camp volunteer to lead martial arts. Director Fatima Fulks notes that, without Proto’s service, most students would have no access to martial arts training.
A fifth degree (taekwondo) and first degree (hapkido) black belt, Proto believes he holds those honors to spread the love of Christ.
Currently mentored by Pastor Otto Wegner, Proto is pursuing his ministry license and is passionate about serving people struggling with a variety of challenges.
When asked what he would say to potential volunteers interested in serving with NGM, Mark responded, “you will see Bible verses come to life, and you will see that the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few…I come back because of the relationships.”
Opportunities to SERVE & GIVE This Summer!
· Vacation Bible School
· Family Night Block Party (every Friday)
· Community Outreach
· Assistance in Summer Camp Philadelphia.
· Repaint classrooms and restrooms
· Repair and replace worn carpeting
· “Deep clean” space used daily for school and extracurricular activities
· Install shelving donated by a local merchant
· Renew landscaping
· Organize closets and materials
· Install classroom partition walls