NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Two years of waiting for funding has paid off for the "Solid Foundation," an after-school tutorial program in Nacogdoches.
As early as next week, it will open a "Diversity Center."
Until Tuesday, the program was called "the Hispanic Center," but a unique set of circumstances led to the name change.
Did coincidence bring a pastor and an educator together?
"There's no such thing as coincidence according to God's word in the Hebrew language," said Dr. Jeremiah Moss, the Life Church senior pastor. "The timing of all this is spot on."
Moss said he has no doubt God has a hand in making sure Life Church will serve Solid Foundation.
"Their vision parallels with our vision," Moss said.
A blessing for John Cannings. This week the solid foundation was awarded $35,000 to open a Hispanic Center for better learning.
"About 44 percent of the students registered in NISD are Hispanics so that's a pretty large percentage and a lot of them are struggling," said John Canning, the executive director of the Solid Foundation.
Previously, Cannings had negotiated a study place with a Hispanic pastor who led a congregation in the same building now occupied by Life Church. When the Hispanic church moved, Cannings had some sleepless nights.
"Yes I did because I wasn't sure whether or not this situation would work out," Cannings said.
The south side location appealed where many Hispanics lived appealed to Cannings, so he asked Moss if he would take the baton. Moss had just finished lessons on ministry of helps and the congregation had been praying to find a way to cut down barriers and to empower people. The pastor knew his answer.
"That's right up our avenue because these rooms, unfortunately, like so many churches and even the place where I pastor stay vacant," Moss said. "We only use them on Wednesday morning and Sunday night."
Now all week long, the rooms will be used for after school learning. Hispanic children will remain the focus, but the name is different. It will be called "the Diversity Center" as it will certainly serve anyone who needs the help.
Solid Foundation, with the help of life church, plans to reach 100 Hispanic students over the coming school year.
Registration will be held Monday and Thursday evenings at the main office of Solid Foundation at 2220 East Main.