East Florence Mission begins new school year
The East Florence Mission and its private school began its 26th year of serving Florence youth on Monday. Youth gathered at The Center to be a part of Bible study and have dinner. Tuesday afternoon they will return to The Center for a snack and to do homework. They will do the same on Thursday afternoon. That schedule will continue each week throughout the school year.
The Center is located at 320 East National Cemetery Road.
The East Florence Mission and The Center are part of the PEK Foundation. The foundation had its beginnings in 1970 following a lay renewal at First Presbyterian Church. A Bible study group rented a small house in the East Florence area where Sunday afternoon meetings were held. Gradually, neighborhood children started to come and soon became regular in attendance. The number of participants became so large that the meetings were moved, first to First Presbyterian Church, and then at Trinity Presbyterian Church. In 1987 the mission and its meetings moved.
In 1985 the PEK was officially founded. It is supported by contributions from numerous churches in the Florence community.
In 1995, a dream was fulfilled when the foundation opened a small tuition free Christian school. It was opened specifically as an outreach to children who cannot afford private school but who would benefit from smaller classes, individual attention, sound basic courses and Christian principles and values. Parents are asked to pay a small amount, including registration and book fees. The school has membership in the South Carolina Association of Christian Schools and the American Association of Christian Schools.
People of all ages participate in the East Florence mission’s various programs, but the ministry mainly reaches young people in the surrounding area. The program tries to serve the community in a holistic way by presenting the Gospel message, praying that each person will have a life changing experience with Jesus Christ, by providing for physical needs when necessary and possible, by building trust relationships through real love and concern, by offering counseling according to Biblical principles, and by assisting in educational growth
“We are open to ideas and help in expanding our program and utilizing the building,” reads a statement on the foundation’s web site, www.pekfoundation.com.
“We are dependent on many people who volunteer their time to help us in many different ways. Most of all we would ask you to pray with us so that we would have wisdom and strength, that we would be able to study the Word, share it effectively, and that the Holy Spirit would direct us daily.
” Marilyn Key and Brock Page serve as the mission’s program directors.
For additional information visit www.pekfoundation.com, or call (803) 669-7380.