It all started with the heart of one teacher loving one child like Jesus. When the teacher began to pour into a little girl’s life, sending snacks and clothes home from school in her backpack, the door was open to pour into several more families’ lives. A weekly bible study was started in 2006, and in 2008 Kaleidoscope became an official 501c3 non-profit organization. After serving the families over time, it was made apparent that people that really care for, love, encourage, and hear them, are what was lacking in their lives. In 2007 A mentoring program was added while the Bible study continues as part of our Afterschool programs (RISE & LIT) and summer day camp in a small group setting along with other enrichment activities.
Why call it Kaleidoscope? Kaleidoscopes were invented in 1816 by David Brewster a Scottish inventor. Sir David Brewster was studying many aspects of physical sciences including polarization optics and the properties of light. While looking at regular objects at the end of 2 mirrors He noticed patterns and colors were recreated and reformed into beautiful new arrangements. As Christ-followers, we believe that everyone in the world is sinful and broken but through God we are transformed into something beautiful and new, just like how normal shapes are recreated into something new when you look through a kaleidoscope. It’s also the light of Christ that makes our transformation visible.
He named this new invention after the greek words meaning ‘beautiful form watcher’.
Kalos = beautiful eodos = shape scopeo = to see
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