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Meet The Board: Manny Martinez

Meet Manny! He began serving on the Side by Side Kid's Board in July 2011. Currently, he serves as our Board Chairman.

Manny Martinez is a Credit Officer for the Farm Credit Bank of Texas. He has lived in Austin since 2008. He is originally from Peoria, Arizona and has an undergraduate degree in finance from Arizona State University. He enjoys spending free time with his wife of 17 years, Jennifer and two children. He is a member of Austin Ridge Bible Church (ARBC) and has a passion to learn more about Christ and grow in his relationship with Him in community with others. Manny disciples a small group of high school boys at Austin Ridge and has also led multiple mission trips to the Dominican Republic.

With the fall season soon upon us, Manny reflects on his experiences with serving a Thanksgiving meal to the students and families of Side by Side Kids with the student ministry at ARBC.

"Our student ministry at Austin Ridge Bible Church (ARBC) has participated in providing and serving a Thanksgiving meal to the students and families of Side by Side Kids for the past two years. This touch-point has been an experience of spiritual growth for our students and volunteers. We are learning what it means to be a witness of Jesus in unfamiliar territory," said Manny.

Manny continues,"As Jesus commanded the 11 disciples at his ascension in Acts 1:7 to be his witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. We are learning what it means to serve and be a witness in Austin, Texas, United States and the ends of the earth. I have been so grateful to see the Lord work in the lives of the students serving from Austin Ridge Bible Church and how Jesus is equally working in the lives of the students in the Side by Side Kids program. The opportunity to serve across town provides evidence of the Lord’s omnipresence and love for all individuals regardless of our differences."

Isn't that inspiring? Side by Side Kids is very grateful for our board - the leadership, love and support they give our ministry is irreplaceable! Want to learn more about volunteering for special events, like Manny and ARBC did for Thanksgiving? Please email volunteer@sidebysidekids.org today!