Get together 120 bags filled with toiletry items, six sets of clothes, two towels, a bathing suit, and load them on three buses filled with 120 excited, yet nervous kids and teenagers and what do you have?... One of the greatest experiences of a young child's life. You have camp! One of my favorite weeks of the year as a Youth Minister at Star of Hope's Women and Family Shelter is being able to get my hands dirty and make this week of camp happen for these youth. Every youth that is able to go receives brand new sets of clothes for camp. Even more than the clothes they receive, they also get the experience of a lifetime (swimming, canoeing, blobbing, hiking, fishing, etc.), that some will never get again. But even more than the experience of a lifetime and clothes, they receive the "good news" of Jesus Christ and the chance to begin that relationship with Him. This camp is so crucial for these youth!
As I said before, the week of camp is one of my favorite weeks of the year. And now that camp has passed yet another year, I can reflect on all that God has done. But none of it could've been possible without the financial and prayerful support of those who sent us. For five years it has been a blessing for me to be apart of what God does with these youth at camp. I am so grateful for those who supported it. So, the countdown has begun! 50 weeks and a camping we will go... again! If you would like to give of your resources to support this or another aspect of Star of Hope, visit Ways to Give and learn more about Supporting Houston Ministries.