Posted by Little Lights Urban Ministries at 02:45 PM
Last Friday afternoon, as the group from the Church for All Nations and Korean Presbyterian Church of Washington, helped the kids climb onto the van for the last time, several of them had tears in their eyes.
They were moved by the relationships they built with the kids in that week. And we were moved by their kindhearted, generous, and compassionate service to each and every one of the students and staff at Little Lights.
One of the group shared about his week and the difference he sees Little Lights making:
These kids are no less than any other kids. They are sweet and have great potential. And Little Lights is a place where the kids can be themselves and actively work to become a better person. This is a place where kids can forget their problems outside and focus on God and mature. Little Lights is a safe haven for these kids, but it’s also a place where they can have hope to break from their social restrictions.
It is a blessing for us when volunteers grab hold of our vision and join with us to serve and empower our community. Several of the group even returned the following week to help some more! It is that kind of volunteer who strengthens and enables our work. We’re so grateful for all of those from Church for All Nations and Korean Presbyterian Church of Washington, for their service and their faith in our work.
Posted by Little Lights Urban Ministries at 11:10 AM
Summer Lights happens because of visiting volunteer groups who come and spend a week serving at Little Lights.
One of the groups this year wins the award for traveling the farthest: all the way from Westgate Chapel in Seattle, Washington!
10 people from the Westgate Chapel’s College20s group served our students with an abundance of energy, enthusiasm, and cheerfulness. They helped make the first week of camp fun and exciting for students!
It was a blessing to have them here and we can’t thank them enough for all of the ways they supported and helped Summer Lights.
Posted by Little Lights Urban Ministries at 04:34 PM
The biggest highlight for students at Summer Lights is, without a doubt, the weekly trip to Six Flags.
Every Wednesday 85 kids pile into vans, make the trek out to Six Flags, and spend the afternoon riding roller coasters and hanging out in the water park!
General consensus among the students makes the water park the favorite activity. Though the kids’ roller coaster might come in a close second – the youngest kids couldn’t stop raving about it.
Thanks to our new bright orange Summer Lights t-shirts, we all managed to stick together and everyone had a tremendous time!
Posted by Little Lights Urban Ministries at 11:19 AM
Students got a special treat last week: a community arts initiative from Denver, Arts in the Hood, spent a week here at Summer Lights teaching our older students hip hop, photography, acting, and drawing.
The aim of Arts in the Hood is twofold: to teach kids how to express themselves through art and to teach them about who Jesus is. Throughout the week, in addition to art workshops, they also held a Bible study for the students.
Their energy, enthusiasm, and skill was contagious. Whenever they performed a dance or showed the kids what they were about to learn, the kids were engrossed.
At the end of the week, they put on a short performance at Potomac Gardens, highlighting all the new skills the students had learned. Kids from all of the sites came out to watch and cheer.
It was a blessing to have them with us for a week – a perfect way to kick off the first week of Summer Lights!