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Interns 2010-2011

Interns 2010-2011

These are my interns for the school year. Craig and Rachel from England, Promise from Malawi and Ashley from New Jersey. They seem like a great group of people and I’m looking forward to working with them!

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We won!!!!!!!!!!! I know it’s means nothing to those not involved in our ministry, but winning the golden crate is a big deal. We got the crate! It was all thanks to our StreetLeaders for writing the song and helping the kids learn it and to our interns for spending hours on the mascot and decoration! Great team work!

When we found out we won, we screamed, jumping up and down and hugging each other, for 15 minutes. 🙂

We got the crate!

Me and my 1st Golden Crate!

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Camp Faith on All Camp Day

All Camp Day

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All Camp Day is the most important day of the summer. All seven summer camps in our ministry join together for a day of competition, songs, games and Bible lesson. Each camp dresses up in their camp color, we have a camp mascot and vehicle, and camp song. It’s very competitive and winning the “Golden Crate” (a basket full of candy) gives you bragging rights for an entire year. This year our mascot was Captain Crunch, the kids dressed up as pirates and our camp song was soooo good.

“We just havin’ a good time,
The devil tryin’ ruin it,
Shout out to to the fact that we the
youngest camp doin’ it!”

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Favorite kid

My favorite summer kid and me.

I know you’re not supposed to have favorites, but I do. I have categorized my favorites. This is me and my favorite summer camp 4th grade boy. Eh, no, he’s probably my favorite summer kid. So funny, smart and thoughtful. I can’t wait to see what kind of man he grows up to be!

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I have really neglected this website. I haven’t been super busy, just focusing on other things. Here’s what we’ve been doing in urban children’s ministry during the last three months:

January

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We had two major snowstorms, getting something like 20″ one week and then another 15″ inches the next week. There was heaps of snow around Camden and the streets were extremely difficult to drive upon. We had several dozen snow fights and used a snow mound as a ski slope. I found some sleds in the basement and the kids had fun sledding!

Watch the video here.

February

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We had our annual Martin Luther King Jr speech competition. Kids in 3rd-9th grade wrote speeches about civil rights leaders that they admired. Staff members coach the kids and help them with their speeches. I coached three boys and two of them earned 1st and 2nd place! I was shocked my third boy didn’t get a place (he’s the one in the picture with his hands extended as if to say “Oh well!”). It was fun and the kids wrote some hilarious and slightly offensive things. 🙂

Watch the video here.

March

My staff and I had a sleepover on campus. Well, it was more of an all nighter since we didn’t go to sleep until 5am. We played an almost two hour game of hide and seek that was hilarious. Great time of bonding with my high school staff!

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Five of my kids went with the president of our ministry to speak at a church. I was really proud of them. Future leaders of America!

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Math Dare 2010

This is our math team for 2010. Unfortunately, this year we lost our eight year reign as Camden’s math champions, losing by only 200 points.

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The ministry I worked with in NYC had this thing we taught the kids called The Four Most Important Things. A sister ministry in the UK came up with symbols, put them on sweatshirts and other merch and the following was born:

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♥ – God loves me

X – I have sinned

✞ – Jesus died for me

? – I need to decide to live for God

I used to repeat/teach this mantra several times a day for several years. So when I see the symbols, it seems crystal clear what they mean.

However, I wore this 4 Things sweatshirt while hanging out with some friends in Philly and the shirt confused them. These very educated, very smart people were like,

“Love x’s Jesus = I don’t know/question mark?”

I thought it was really funny because here I was wearing the sweatshirt thinking I was witnessing to people, while others perceived it in an opposite way. It was a good reminder that we all have different perceptions and they count! I can’t just assume everyone is coming from the same place as I am.

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