2005-05-13 / Community

Ministry Opens Internet Café In F.R. Business District

By Miriam Rosenberg Contributing Editor

By Miriam Rosenberg
Contributing Editor

Pastor David Jones smiles for The Wave’s camera as he watches users of the ministry’s Internet Café.Pastor David Jones smiles for The Wave’s camera as he watches users of the ministry’s Internet Café.

  • Moreh International Ministries has opened the first Internet Café in Far Rockaway in the storefront that houses the church on Beach 20th Street in the heart of the area’s business district.
  • The Internet Café, which opened last November 1, has become a place for people of all ages; races and religions to do research, play computer games, write résumés and do homework.

    “We [believed] that computers would be a good learning tool and some companies we knew donated the computers,” David Jones, the church’s pastor, told The Wave. “We opened, and it took off.”

    Rockaway residents of all ages, races and religions use the Moreh International Ministries’ Internet Café to do research, play games or do homework.  Photos by Miriam RosenbergRockaway residents of all ages, races and religions use the Moreh International Ministries’ Internet Café to do research, play games or do homework. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg The Internet Café is about more than the Internet. It is also about learning.

    For instance, for young people to play the games they download they must read and study the instructions and rules of games. That, according to Pastor Jones, takes comprehension. There is also a typing program on the computers to help someone learn to type. Other programs the ministry has loaded on the computers include Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point and Front Page.

    One of the visions of the ministry is to reach out to the community, and the café gives kids a place to go.

    “That was the whole idea,” Jones said, about keeping young people off the streets.

    Currently there are 10 working computers, but the pastor said that additional hardware is needed if they are to expand and serve more people. “We have a few more towers, but we are in need of donations of keypads, PC’s – (Pentium III or better), CPU’s and mouses,” said Jones. “We have only two printers, and only one is working.”

    He said that the computer center averages 36 people a day. There are no time limits for those who use the PC’s, but that may soon be changing. Jones said that they are thinking about setting a limit of 30 minutes to one hour for use.

    He also has one other idea in the back of his mind.

    “I have a few tech guys who will train kids to strip down and then rebuild computers,” Jones explained. “Then the kids will take the computers home.”

    For that dream to become a reality the ministry will need a steady supply of computers. Moreh International Ministries is located at 1047 Beach 20th Street. The Internet Café is open Mondays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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