The Why, What, and How of Urban Ministry

July 25, 2018|0 comments

  Old school Xenos members who haven’t attended a recent youth meeting may not realize how much different the church looks today than it did in the early days when pastors Dennis McCallum and Gary Delashmutt were sporting bell bottoms and rocking out to Freebird.  Today, Student Ministries is home to a diverse group of young people from a variety of cultural, geographic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. But “Urban Ministry” can be an ambiguous term that means different things to different people and churches.  Tim Keller’s book Center Church notes, “Cities increasingly influence our global culture and affect the way we do ministry. With a positive approach toward our culture, we learn to affirm that cities are wonderful, strategic, and underserved places for gospel ministry.”  However, it’s no doubt that inner city Columbus neighborhoods bear little resemblance to the Manhattanite context from which Keller writes. When we talk about urban ministry more »

New Annual Report Celebrates 20 Years of Ministry & Looks to the Future

May 9, 2018|0 comments

Academic triumphs, high school graduates, and the pursuit of The Fantastic 50 It’s our pleasure to share our latest Annual Report with you, which celebrates the personal and academic achievements of Harambee staff and students over the past 20 years. Since opening its doors in 1998, Harambee has served over 535 students from low income communities. Of the 103 alumni who are old enough to have graduated from high school, over 90% have received their diploma, even while many attended Harambee when the school only served Grades K-5. Today, Harambee students continue to outpace local public schools and higher performing charter schools on standardized testing, in addition to many suburban districts throughout the city. This is a remarkable achievement since 85% of Harambee students are from low-income households. In addition to academic success, strengthened collaboration with Xenos Student Ministries has increased the quality of Bible studies and mentoring available to students at every age. Now, more more »

What We’re Celebrating

March 15, 2018|0 comments

The impact of our first Harambee Scholarship Fundraising Dinner & Celebration How does Harambee Christian School raise funds for inner-city youth? A night of celebrating, advocacy, and delicious barbecue. Now that’s a fundraising dinner, Harambee style. The first ever Harambee Scholarship Fundraising Dinner & Celebration saw a packed house of 225 guests donate a total of $21,450 in one time contributions and an additional $1,280 in monthly pledges in support of students & families in need. This amount covers five full year-round scholarships! Thanks to our generous corporate sponsor, Plaskolite, and our individual table sponsors, 100% of these contributions will go towards providing students with opportunities for academic excellence and personal thriving at Harambee Christian School. We didn’t JUST raise funds, however! Because when that many people are passionate about God’s heart for students (and delicious barbecue), you also have to celebrate! We were pleased not only more »

Harambee Students Honor MLK By Sharing Their Dreams

January 26, 2018|0 comments

It’s one thing to quote from Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream Speech” on your Twitter account once a year. It’s another to vulnerably share your own hopes and dreams in front of an audience of close family and peers. But this is just what Harambee middle school students did at the first ever Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner, held the evening before his celebrated holiday. How did students take to such a noble yet daunting task? According to Brandon Grant, Youth Ministry Director, ” Several of our students were nervous about sharing the things they are passionate about with their closest loved ones present. They shared a side of themselves that others might not see every day. They confronted their fears, and every one of them smiled at the applause they received – it felt good to them.” A Parent’s Inspiration Harambee parent, Quintessa more »

Harambee Scholarship Fundraising Dinner & Celebration, March 3rd

November 13, 2017|0 comments

We will be hosting our first ever Harambee Scholarship Fundraising Dinner & Celebration on Saturday, March 3rd, 2018, and we would love to partner with you as a table host and/or sponsor. The event is set to be held at the Café at Xenos Christian Fellowship’s main campus, with a special dinner being served up by local Linden favorites, The Pit BBQ Grille. Hosting a table simply involves attending the event, yourself, and inviting up to seven others to join you as guests. Sponsoring a table involves making a $150 donation in order for a table of eight guests to attend the event at no cost. Both hosting and sponsoring are simple and impactful ways to help Harambee raise thousands of dollars in support of at risk youth. You can play just one or both of these important roles! We’re looking to recruit up to 28 hosts & sponsors. more »

Academic Success & the Whole Student

November 13, 2017|0 comments

Harambee Students Outpace Urban & Suburban Peers on 2016-17 Test The Ohio Department of Education recently released the report cards for Ohio schools. We are excited to report that Harambee students not only outperformed local public schools and higher performing charter schools. They also achieved a higher performance index than Reynoldsburg, Hilliard and Westerville school districts. This is a remarkable achievement since 85% of Harambee students are from low-income households.     More than an education We are grateful to see Harambee students thriving academically, but we also know that test scores only show one piece of a much larger picture. Many caring staff and volunteers of faith view it as their privilege to not only educate our students but also impact them for Christ. Our prayer is that students thrive in every way – academically, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Our vision is that these young people become a more »

Two upcoming opportunities to support Harambee youth!

September 26, 2017|0 comments

Friends & Family of Harambee Christian School, We’re excited to share two upcoming opportunities to support Harambee youth in the month of October! Make a Gift During The Big Give on 10/10 What is The Big Give? Gifts made to Urban Concern & Harambee Christian School through The Columbus Foundation’s website on October 10th will be amplified by The Columbus Foundation. The Foundation is covering all credit card fees, so 100% of your gift goes directly to supporting Harambee youth, in addition to the prorata increase! Help us spread the word by sharing our Big Give Facebook event! Treat Yourself to Harambee Imports coffee at our upcoming Coffee & Canvas event Whether you participate in The Big Give or not, you’re invited to learn more about what God is doing at our school while treating yourself to coffee from our student run business, Harambee Imports.   What more »

Getting Paid and Giving Back

August 22, 2017|0 comments

Harambee Imports teaches students entrepreneurship, economics, and generosity Get paid to go to school? Since 2006, Harambee Christian School students have been receiving weekly paychecks for performing various responsibilities as a part of their regular school experience. Their “Bling” is automatically deposited in a virtual online bank account and can be used to purchase everything from school supplies to take out lunches with their teachers. Want to go on a special outing to the movies or Skyzone with your classmates? You might need to save up for that. Economic literacy is an integral part of the curriculum for Harambee students. Years ago, Principal, Alex Steinman, began searching for a sustainable income stream to fund the school economy when he met the business savvy husband of a Harambee volunteer, Bill Sjoblom. Bill, a local entrepreneur already helping to import products from a Thai ministry called Hope for Hilltribes more »

Harambee alumni share wisdom, plans for future

June 26, 2017|0 comments

  Please join us in congratulating Harambee’s first ever middle school class as they celebrate their recent graduation from high school and begin life’s newest adventure. We recently had the opportunity to catch up with a few of our grads whose next step includes attending college and moving into a ministry house. Looking forward to college and ministry house life Deon graduated from Centennial High School in May. He plans to begin his studies at Columbus State Community College and later transfer to The Ohio State University. He intends to major in Architecture. Deon believes that surrounding himself with positive influences is the best way to ensure success during this formative transition from high school to college. He intends to continue his involvement in a college home church and living in a ministry house with other young men. “I knew moving into a ministry house would be more »

Community Partners Play Their Part in Spurring Students Forward

May 17, 2017|0 comments

The many benefits of wood glue and car repair In the Apostle Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, the church community is likened to a human body, consisting of many unique and valuable parts that complement each other in carrying out a collective purpose. Many different parts also contribute to the success of inner city students: parents, teachers, coaches, and mentors are just some who collaborate in this important work. Community business partners of all shapes and sizes also play a vital “part”. Two outstanding examples are Franklin International and Luke’s Automotive Services. Franklin International  Even though Columbus based adhesives manufacturer, Franklin International, has a global reach in over 60 countries, they have a huge local impact. In addition to their generous support of Urban Concern & Harambee Christian School, Franklin supports a wide range of organizations seeking to end everything from substance addiction to human trafficking. more »