Hillary Rizk biking across the US

Hillary is a recent graduate from Auburn University and has taken on an amazing challenge called Bike and Build. Since early this summer, she and others have been cycling from Jacksonville, FL (Atlantic Ocean) and will end in Monterrey, CA (Pacific Ocean). As they cycle, they have also been engaged in building homes. Each cyclist had to raise at least $4000.00. As part of her effort, $500 of Hillary’s fundraising will come to ARM to help with our repair efforts in Alabama. We are so proud of Hillary and crew. Here is a link to her blog and they are currently in California as they wrap up their ride.  https://hilarycyclingacrossamerica.wordpress.com/

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Seeking Simplicity: Weeks 4 and 5 of ARM’s 2016 Youth Mission Camp

It’s Week 6 of ARM’s Summer Youth Mission Camp, which means the summer is coming to a quick close as we host our last summer teams next week. We’ve accomplished so much already this summer, and we have you to thank for that! Thank you for partnering with us as we seek to eliminate substandard housing in rural Alabama and extend the love of Christ; we wouldn’t exist apart from your support, encouragement, prayer, and financial donations.

Be sure to check out our Youth Mission Camp 2016 Youtube playlist to keep up with all the action!

Week 4

We had two teams serve with us during Week 4 of camp. Tuskegee hosted Fayette First UMC from Fayette, Alabama. Although this was Fayette’s third year serving with us through both home repair and day camp, this was their first year serving with us at our Tuskegee location. In Livingston, our friends from Cokesbury UMC in Pensacola, Florida served with us. During Cokesbury’s time in Livingston this summer, they were able to visit some of the homeowners they served with last summer.

Homeowner Mrs. Elma Randolph and Cokesbury team who served with her in 2015

 

While we know that anything we repair physically may not weather the next storm that comes along, we are thankful for the blessing we have in the opportunities to build relationships with the people we serve alongside–for we know that relationships through Christ have the ability to weather any storm.

Fayette First UMC – Tuskegee Week 4

Week 5

Trinity UMC Ft. Walton Beach from Ft. Walton Beach, Florida served with us in Tuskegee for their 10th consecutive summer! Thank you for your faithfulness to our ministry and the work that God is doing in rural Alabama! We always love serving with you, and we look forward to another 10 years of service with you! We also want to give a special shout out to one of the team members who came with Trinity; he is in the military, and in order to serve with ARM for a week this summer, he has to sacrifice being deployed a week early, so he’ll miss Christmas with his family. Thank you for your service and your sacrifice to our country and to God as your decisions reflect your heart for missions. Livingston did not host a youth team during Week 5, which meant that two of the Construction Coordinators spent the week serving at Day Camp. Week 5 was also a great week in Livingston for the other Construction Coordinators to finish tying up some loose ends and close out some of the homes they had been working on this summer.

 

Day Camp Coordinators, Construction Coordinators, and day camp kids in Livingston

 

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Thank You, Day Camp Sponsors!

Thank you to all of our day camp sponsors who have supported ARM’s Sonshine Kids’ Day Camp this summer! Through your partnership, every week at day camp we have been able to teach the day campers more and more about what it means to be peacemakers by studying God’s character and other key biblical characters who teach us about peace. We’ve been so blessed to have such awesome day camp staff and youth teams serving with us and our day camp kids and their families this summer. From arts and crafts and praise and worship to educational activities and recreational games, our day camp kids have been able to experience the depths of Christ’s love on a deeper level because of your support, so thank you!

This summer, we have had 111 day camp sponsors for our 65 day camp kids – individuals, families, Sunday school classes, and churches! Thanks to the generosity of all of our sponsors we have surpassed our goal of $15,000 and raised $16,634.02 so far!

This week we will be mailing out letters, photos, and crafts from all of our day campers to their sponsors as tokens of our appreciation. As the summer comes to a close, we will be working on a video to send to our sponsors that showcases the summer with our Sonshine Kids’ Day Camp.

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Gerry Sill, youth from Cokesbury UMC, with Day Camp kids in Livingston

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Camp iCare visits Sonshine Day Camp!

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The kids at Sonshine Kids Day Camp in Tuskegee enjoyed a great week with Camp iCare from June 20-23!  According to its website, Camp iCare

is dedicated to teaching kids how to be money smart, understand wants vs. needs, and practice philanthropy… Camp iCare is designed to foster children’s imaginations, develop leadership, encourage compassion, and highlight the need for children to be money smart while helping others.

The day camp kids loved learning about finances, how to be great leaders, and what it means to give back to their communities. They also really enjoyed meeting and hearing from the many inspiring guest speakers like Auburn football player (defensive tackle) Montravius Adams!

Camp iCare was launched as a joint venture between the Auburn University’s College of Human Sciences’ Women’s Philanthropy Board and Early Learning Center in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies in 2009. We’re so grateful for our friends at Auburn University for partnering with us to help make Camp iCare happen at Sonshine Kids’ Day Camp! We especially want to thank Sharon Wilbanks and Margaret Vollenweider, our two board members who serve as faculty in Auburn’s College of Human Development and Family Studies, who got us connected with the Camp iCare team.

 

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Seeking Simplicity: Weeks 2 and 3 at Youth Mission Camp 2016!

It’s already Week 4 at Youth Mission Camp, which means we’re half way through our summer of home repair and kid’s day camp ministry! We’re so thankful for all the students who have served with us in Tuskegee and Livingston. We’re also so grateful for the families who host these teams at their homes and the day camp kids and their families. Most of all, we’re so thankful for God’s love and the way we all get to share in the blessing of God’s Kingdom together as it comes on earth – in rural Alabama! – as it is in heaven.

Be sure to check out our Youth Mission Camp 2016 Youtube playlist to keep up with all the action!

Week 2 of Youth Mission Camp brought 5 teams of students! In Livingston, we were blessed to serve with friends from First UMC Hobe Sound, FL, Woodland UMC of Pike Road, Tanner Williams UMC of Mobile, and Dadeville First UMC. The Hobe Sound and Tanner Williams teams were serving with us for the first time! In Tuskegee, we were blessed to have our friends from College Hill Presbyterian Church of Cincinnati, OH, return for another summer of extending Christ’s love. This team was working on renovations at the Tuskegee Mission Hub the last time they served with us in 2014, and this summer they got to see the fruits of their labor as they slept, ate, and worshiped together at the Hub!

After a great Week 2, we welcomed our friends from Vestavia Hills UMC to serve with us for the second year in Livingston. This team has served at our Tuskegee site in the past, but wanted to try something a little different this summer with our west Alabama mission site. We loved serving with them in Livingston just as much as we did in Tuskegee! Speaking of Tuskegee, we were so excited to welcome new friends from Monte Sano UMC near Huntsville, AL. Both the Vestavia Hills UMC and Monte Sano UMC team served with families through the home repair ministry.

Check out our latest team videos below! We’re still working on some of the videos, but they will be posted soon.

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