(Chile CNSAM). Saturday March 8, 2014 the Mirada de Amor (Glance of Love) ministry of the Valparaíso Church of the Nazarene, which works with the handicapped, celebrated their new academic year with the kickoff of the Youth Life Program.
The program is for 15 young people that have finished their studies in the state-run special schools and now have no other opportunities to continue developing their social, laborial, cognitive and spiritual skills. The 15 young people, ages 17-28, will attend 4 hours a day, Monday thru Fridays in intervention classes. Christian Life Educator Lorena Noe, Pastor Rene Noe’s Assistant, as well as Jacqueline Paredes whom assists with the Arts department will personally tend them to.
In addition to this, there will be arts, artistry, folklore, pastry, photography and theater workshops on Saturdays 3-5:30 pm as well as 25 youth participating in the NYI’s Mirada de Amor (Glance of Love) Young Life Program from 5-6:30 pm. Simultaneously to the workshops on Saturdays there will be Motor Skills workshops for children ages 4-9. Right now they have 6 children. Saturdays they have 12 volunteer assistants that organize and teach the workshops along with Pastor Rene Noe and his wife Lorena.
The parents of those in the Mirada de Amor (Glance of Love) program are also part of a discipleship three times a month on Saturdays from 3-5 pm. Every second Saturday from 3-5 pm they receive psychological helps from Christian Specialist Bárbara Huequelef.
The parents also receive judicial assistance on Saturdays from 10 am-1 pm from a lawyer whom specializes in matters related to the handicapped. Occupational Therapy is given Saturdays from 10 am-2 pm. Both specialists offer their services at no cost.
Sundays from 12-1 pm Sunday School is offered to the children and youth of the Mirada de Amor (Glance of Love) program.
It must be said that Mirada de Amor (Glance of Love) has reached its maximum capacity due to lack of funds and adequate space. At this time there are 20 families with young people as well as 10 children, all with different handicaps, on the waiting list.
With the Youth Life program, the ministry Mirada de Amor (Glance of Love) is advancing along as it plays an integral part in the lives of the handicapped, visit: https://www.facebook.com/MiradaAmorCorp.
Source: Lorena Noé.
Editing: Germán Picavea.
Translation: Steve Brown.