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Scism involved with inner city missions

Friday, November 30, 2007  
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By Jeremy Schofield

Inner-city work is a driving force in freshman Jared Scism’s life. 

For the past five years, Scism has worked with the Contact Church of Christ in Tulsa during the summer and occasionally during the school year.

“I got involved in inner-city work when I went to an area wide work camp,” Scism said. “We helped fix up the run down areas like government-owned apartments.”

The pulpit minister at Park Plaza Church of Christ, Mitch Wilburn, asked the student workers to work with a group of inner-city kids who needed attention.

Scism and some of his youth group members had water balloon wars and went to Vacation Bible School with the inner city kids.

“That’s when I decided that I wanted to do ministry,” Scism said. “It makes me feel good when I make someone feel more accepted, like Jesus did.”

After working with the inner-city children, Scism began shadowing at Contact Church of Christ and has interned every summer since then.

“Jared is a good Christian role model to the children, teaches Sunday school, is a camp counselor and organizes events for kids,” fellow intern Simone Chamlee said.

Chamlee became interested in inner city mission work during a spring break campaign to Memphis.

She began interning with Contact the next summer, after moving to Tulsa with a group of college students sponsored by Park Plaza Church of Christ in Tulsa.

“Jared and I spent time with kids in several low income neighborhoods,” Chamlee said. “We organized programs for the kids, taught them about the Bible, took them to the community pool and took them to several camps.”

Scism loved spending time with the inner- city children and giving them the attention they needed. 

“At almost any apartment you can ask to hang out with their kids, and they will let you do it,” Scism said. “The parents don’t know who it is or what they are doing, but they will let you take their kids anyway.”

These children are without role models, and Scism has often been called Dad. 

“I took some eight year olds kids to On the Border, and I got them chips and queso,” Scism said. “They said ‘This makes Taco Bell look dirty. You’re the best,’” Scism said.

Scism has interned at Contact longer than any past intern.

He will now begin to expand his horizons by finding other places to intern.

He plans on continuing inner-city missions in the future and would also like to work with teenagers. 

Eventually, he would like to do missionary work in Africa.

He hopes to go with Memorial Road this summer to work in Ghana.

Anyone interested in inner-city mission work can contact him.

Scism’s e-mail is jared.scism(at)student.oc.edu


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