Good News Summer 2015

by Shannon McAllister on October 25, 2015


Time sure flies when you’re having fun…and when you’re busy…so when the two are combined, a year is gone in the blink of an eye! It is so hard to believe this year is more than halfway gone. Your support continues to be greatly appreciated by our staff and board. It is a blessing to have people like you committed to our organization’s mission and engaged in prayer, as well as the giving of time, talents, and treasure.

Recently, I continue to be led back to Psalm 46:10 “He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” I struggle with the “be still” portion of that verse, but continue to be excited to see Him exalted by children in our camps and by others engaged or connected to our programs. We make every effort to ensure that Christ is lifted up through our interactions with those we serve and it is wonderful to hear Him praised.

God is continuing to bless our efforts at The John 3:16 Center, providing an anonymous designated gift for the purchase of a 15-passenger van. This van has enabled us to provide transportation for children to Camp J316 who otherwise would have difficulty attending. Field trips are also less stressful (no more worrying about whether Enterprise will have the van we reserved—there were times they didn’t) and we believe this will enhance our Wired for Success afterschool program as well.

We are completing the 3rd of 6 weeks of Camp J316 and our first week partnering with Halifax County 4-H. The children have really enjoyed their Citizenship/Critter camp, learning about service, responsibility, and teamwork, in addition to our counselors’ devotions about creation. If you’re interested in the themes for the remaining weeks, see page 3. There are still a few spaces available, so feel free to share the camp information with your church groups and community organizations. There are many activities coming up to round out the summer. In this newsletter, you’ll see that we will soon have: our School Supply Distribution (usually serves 200+ children), a Nature Walk, Center Workday, KaBOOM! playground anniversary celebration & cleanup, GED classes, Wired for Success registration, and our annual Yard Sale. We would love to have you support or participate in any of these; contact us for more information!

Your prayer support and contributions make a world of difference to us and those we serve. Thank you for allowing God to work through you, creating a positive impact as we educate, develop relationships with, and meet the needs of children and families in our community. Please continue to pray about how God may lead you to partner with us and that He give us wisdom, discernment, and compassion to accomplish His purpose.

In Christ,
Shannon McAllister

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