Jefferson Davis Outreach Ministries (JDOM) has been serving the Jefferson Davis County area since 2001. Over the years, JDOM President Bettie Drummond [pictured on the right with students] has seen the Lord bless the lives of the youths and families in the Prentiss community who have participated in or volunteered with the ministry. They offer an afterschool program called Log In For Transformation (LIFT) that works with students in grades K-6th, helping them with homework, improving their reading comprehension, and teaching them biblical principles. This past year they averaged 15 to 18 students a day who attended along with 3 to 4 high school students who volunteered to help the younger kids with their work.
In conjunction with the afterschool program, JDOM also has a robotics team [some of its members are pictured on the left] that helps give the children an introduction to engineering in a fun way. Their robotics team participated in the Mississippi Robotics competition at Nissan Canton Assembly Plant back in May. The children in the robotics team were thrilled to win a few ribbons, tour the facility, and get a chance to see some of Nissan’s car making process. Through both the LIFT and robotics programs, the students’ math skills have improved.
JDOM offers a summer program every year around the beginning of summer. This year, the summer program had 12 students a day that had the privilege to learn and have fun. They learned a lot about art, the books of the Bible, multiplication and division skills, and dictionary skills. The children had the opportunity to put together a book, visit the African American Military History Museum in Hattiesburg, and make a visit to Gattitown for food and fun.
Aside from REAL, JDOM is supported by parents, local individuals, businesses, and churches in the area [JDOM’s building in Prentiss is shown on the right]. You can help support the work of their ministry by donating to REAL and by praying for their ministry. Pray specifically for the students, the local school system that is going through changes right now, for a van to pick up students from school next year, and the ability to purchase one large robot so their robotics program can work with advanced students.