The mission of NOE International is to transform the lives of people by integrating Christ’s love and teachings into educational and recreational programs through community centers located in low-income neighborhoods.
People come to the NOE Centers because they want to learn. Our name even means New Opportunities in Education. We offer accredited English programs that prepare students for college. We hold art and music classes that aren’t available in the schools. We coach basketball teams that build cooperation skills and discipline. We prepare adults to start their own business with beautician classes.
Everything at NOE starts with real-life skills classes offered to folks in low-income neighborhoods.
NOE staff love Jesus and they love our students. Jesus is revealed in these long-term, intentional relationships; the students see Him in the love they receive. In addition to academic classes, NOE offers Explorers, a Bible club for grade-school children. We also invite youth to a weekly night of games and a Gospel message, as well as a weekly Bible study. Adults hear the Good News of salvation in our parenting classes, which are taught from a biblical perspective.
We know that the hope found in Jesus is a true and lasting hope, able to rescue students from their situations and prepare them for something much greater.
The reports are in: education and hope are incredibly transformative for NOE students. They are serving their community by giving food and clothing to families at the local children’s hospital. They are graduating: students who study English at NOE three years or more graduate high school at a rate of 86%, compared to the state average of 27%. We are seeing NOE alumni get full-ride scholarships to college. They are working in jobs that provide for their families. And three of our four center directors are NOE alumni.
Most importantly, our students and alumni are living lives of light in a dark place. They are sharing the Good News of abundant life they heard about at NOE.
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