Mom You Inspire Me – A Special Mother’s Day Opportunity

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Mother’s Day is a day to remember how special Moms are. They Inspire in the generosity of their giving.   They may give a shoulder to lean on or give an ear to listen.  They may give encouragement at the right time.  Or they may give a warm place at Home Sweet Home. But most importantly, Mom’s Inspire LOVE.  Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 13:13 “Now these three remain: faith, hope, and love.  But the greatest of these is love”.

This Mother’s Day, we have an opportunity for you to inspire another child.  Give Your Mom’s Love.  How? Sponsor a child to attend the Sonshine Kids Day Camp in honor or memory of your mother.

Click here to make your sponsorship online and select Day Camp Sponsorship in the designation box. $45 sponsors one child for one week of camp, $360 for the whole summer, or choose a custom sponsorship option. Just be sure to let us know this is a Mother’s Day gift by sharing your mother’s name in the dedication box.

You can also click here to download a sponsorship card that can be mailed to us along with your donation to PO Box 2890 Auburn, AL 36831.

How has Mom inspired us? We wanted to share a few memories and thoughts of Mom from our ministry team as you consider how your mom has inspired you…

From Joe: “When I think back to childhood, I remember my mom as a hard worker and someone who always made me feel special.  I remember her going back to school to earn her nursing degree, and then working night shifts as a nurse.  I remember her always encouraging her to do my best.  She was and continues to be an amazing source of strength in my life.” 

From Nancy: “She was my brownie girl scout leader, the mom who made cookies and cupcakes for bake sales, the mom my classmates remember fondly after all these years, a working mom once all of her kids were in school, but now at 97, she is slipping away”.

From Jeremiah: “My mom is awesome.  No matter how tired she is or late it is she will proofread my spelling!”

From Angela: “I remember the Fun Friday’s at McDonald’s as a child with my family.  I was inspired to carry this tradition out this tradition with my own family.”

From Amber: “My mom always put her children before herself.  She pretty much ran herself ragged shuttling us all over the place for various sports.  She volunteered at the school, she refereed our games, and she still managed to make awesome food every night for dinner. I look at my mom now and wonder where in the world she found the energy to do everything.”

 We’re thankful for the all the ways mothers inspire us to love. This Mother’s Day we invite you to consider partnering with our summer kid’s ministry, Sonshine Kid’s Day Camp, by sponsoring a child in your mother’s honor or memory. Want more details? Just click here to find out more about our Day Camp Sponsorships.

And, check out the video below to catch a glimpse of what day camp is all about!

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Bunk Beds, Kitchen Renovations, and More at the Tuskegee Mission Hub

It’s been a busy few weeks at the Tuskegee Mission Hub! With the help of several teams of volunteers, we’ve been making some great improvements as we prepare to host over 2oo volunteers from 11 churches this summer with youth mission camp.

Church of the Highlands Auburn Bunk Bed Team!

Church of the Highlands Auburn Bunk Bed Team!

What’s been keeping us busy? Bunk beds! And not just any ol’ bunk beds either. We’re building triple-level bunk beds to make the best use of bunk room space at the Mission Hub. Jeremiah created the design himself and even put together an IKEA-style manual for building them! Friends from Church of the Highlands got us started with 3 bunks on April 2nd. Last weekend on April 16 we added 5 more with the help of our friends from the Auburn Wesley Foundation, Auburn’s CADC Ambassadors, and an Auburn UMC Dgroup! We hope to build 7 or 8 more this Saturday, April 23rd, during our Cycle of Service work day. We’re excited for our summer mission teams to try them out!

We’ve also been busy in the kitchen! The room has been prepped for the installation of new tile. In a few weeks, we’ll be adding a new dishwasher and stove/oven. The cabinets are also set to get a fresh coat of paint. We can’t wait to be back in the kitchen with our teams preparing meals together!

Finally, we’re putting on some finishing touches in the hallways and the back bunk room. Things like floor molding, chair rail molding, window molding, and door stops. It’s all coming together!

One of the next big projects at the Hub will be the “bath house.” The large room across the hall from the bunk rooms will be divided in half to provide a men’s and women’s shower room. We’ll be installing 6 showers total with sinks, vanities, and storage space as well. For now, our Tuskegee youth mission camp teams will make use of the Alabama West Florida Conference’s disaster relief shower trailer!

Please keep us in your prayers as we continue to prepare a place for our mission teams in Tuskegee, as well as a place for the community to see God’s kingdom on display! We can’t do this without our friends like you, so we hope you’ll join us for a day of service, donate towards financial costs, and keep us in your prayers.

 

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What Service Means to Me: Sarah and Zoia

We are so thankful for our friends Sarah Head and her granddaughter Zoia Jordan for serving with us on April 2nd! They were part of a team from Church of the Higlands Auburn who have been serving with us on the first Saturday of each month. Their team built components for 3 of our new triple-level bunk beds, and got 2 of the bunks assembled! In addition, Sarah serves on our board of directors. We asked Sarah and Zoia to share what their service means to them.

Sarah’s Reflections

Sarah and Zoia

Sarah and Zoia

The opportunity to serve is such a humble and grateful feeling.  That was what I felt on Saturday, April 2, 2016 while assisting in the building of three-tier bunk beds, serving with ARM to get it done for youth volunteers that will make a special visit to Alabama to share their love by helping to serve some of our fellow citizens whose homes are not safe, warm, and dry.

Even though I suffer with a disability, God allowed me to prove to myself that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  That gave me great joy knowing that, in spite of your circumstances, you can love, serve and learn.

I thank God for allowing me this awesome opportunity and to ARM for allowing me to serve.

Zoia’s Reflections

On April 2nd, I had the opportunity to build bunk beds for missionaries at Tuskegee First United Methodist Church.

The Church of the Highlands Auburn SERVE team, April 2 2016

The Church of the Highlands Auburn SERVE team, April 2 2016

While building these awesome bunk beds I had a chance to meet and fellowship with new people. Doing this project made me feel great because I was doing something for someone else and I got to spend my Saturday morning/ afternoon doing something like this that was actually fun to do. I would love to do more positive projects like this in the future and I truly did enjoy myself while building these bunk beds. Thank you again for this opportunity.

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No Joke: Watch for Lisa TODAY from 11a – 12p on Montgomery’s WSFA!

arm-cycle-of-service2Watch for our own Lisa Pierce on WSFA Montgomery’s Alabama Live TODAY during the 11a – noon hour. You can click here to watch the livestream online or tune in to channel 12 if you’re in the Montgomery TV market. Lisa will be sharing all about the Cycle of Service, our annual bike ride across the state of Alabama raising awareness about poverty housing in rural Alabama and raising funds to support our ministry!

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ARM Appreciation Jamboree! If you read this-this is your invitation!

Ag Heritage Barn

I can’t think of anything more fun on a Monday night than hanging out with people committed to serving others, eating some awesome tailgate cuisine (don’t tell a real chef I put those two words together), and celebrating what God is doing. Ya’ll come!!!!

We still have slots open to come hang out with us on Monday April 11th from 6-8pm (most likely 7:30) at the AU Ag Heritage Barn. There will be music, awesome food, and celebrating the service of so many of our volunteer friends. How much does it cost? Adults are $10/ Students $7/ and Children under 13 are $5.

To sign up: you can register online or email nancy@arm-al.org. You can also pay online or at the door the night of the event. http://www.arm-al.org/friends-of-arm-appreciation-jamboree-2016/

We did not mail formal invitations so if you are reading this and have participated with ARM in any way or want to know more about us-this is your invitation!

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