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.
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.
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.
All your favorite ARM gear is now available to buy online! We’ve got t-shirts, coffee mugs, water bottles, camo hats, stickers, and more. Every purchase you make helps us extend Christ’s love with more families and kids in the Lee, Macon, and Sumter county areas.
Not only that, items from our online store are great tools for sharing our story with your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, and more. They could also make a great gift!
If you’ve served with us before, check out the online store to find something to remember your experience with us. We hope it also prompts you to pray for those with whom you served.
Just visit arm-al.org/store to order your favorite piece of ARM gear! All major credit cards and debit cards are accepted. Secure payment processing is provided through PayPal but a PayPal account is not required to place your order.
Youth Mission Camp 2016 is off to a great start! Last week, we welcomed friends from Asbury UMC in Lafayatte, LA, and friends from The Church at Cahaba Bend in Birmingham, AL. These new friends of ours served with 8 families in Sumter and Macon counties through our home repair ministry. Both teams also served with the nearly 70 kids participating in Sonshine Kids Day Camp this summer in Livingston and Tuskegee. Our summer ministry team did an awesome job hosting these teams. It’s so inspiring to see everyone work so hard together seeking God’s Kingdom first! Catch a glimpse of our ministry together last week in the videos below. Please keep praying for us as we continue hosting teams and seeking simplicity this summer!
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