Friends of New Market
In 2015, four families decided to dedicate more of their time and resources to serving in the local New Market area. We did not want to duplicate or infringe on any activities already successfully underway in our community. After praying, discussing, studying, and observing the benevolent activities and programs in the New Market zip code, we decided to create a 501(c)(3) non-profit. “Friends of New Market” is aimed specifically at our local next-generation children and their families. We are motivated by God and by what He has done for us in our lives, to do our part to share the Gospel, improve the emotional well-being of families, to enlarge the social capital of our community, and to enhance the cognitive patterns and capacities resident in New Market families.
Our starting point is New Market School. New Market School is a Title I school of about 350 children, K-6. Inside New Market School is a very competent team of Principal, Staff, Teachers and support personnel who exude love and educational determination. But they are also tremendously busy with the bureaucracy of administration, testing requirements, and saddled with a less than optimal student-teacher ratio. In spite of these challenges, they are a strong, compassionate group of folks who deeply care about the well-being of their charge. Surrounding New Market School is a community of families and church leaders who also deeply care about our next generation. We see great opportunity with New Market School as a starting point for improving the trajectory of young minds and hearts.
Our approach is relational. We are establishing meaningful, trustworthy, and humble relationships with children, parents, teachers, clergy and community as we serve various endeavors to enrich family life. As we and our volunteers serve, we are developing and growing in Christ. No matter where our path leads, our steps will always follow God’s will and His purpose in what we undertake.