Schools out in Chicago! That means parents are looking for something safe, fun, and constructive for their kids to do. People like Julie know all about the challenges families face in an under-resourced neighborhood.
Julie grew up attending Cru's Agape Center. There she felt at home, safe, and loved like family by our staff and volunteers. Unfortunately, as she grew older circumstances that were out of her control caused her to stray from our supportive community. As an adult Julie remembered the way the Agape Center served as an anchor for her, and she reached out for help with her own kids. Today her children are actively involved in programming at the Agape Center.
Julie's daughter Anne is excited for our summer day camp. Kids will have a blast playing games in our gym. They will exercise their creative muscles in arts and crafts. Most importantly they'll learn about Jesus during Bible devotionals. This year's day camp theme is "Let's Talk about Jesus!" We believe it's important to introduce the youth to a saving relationship with Jesus Christ.
Julie's son, David, got accepted into our brand new teen jobs program. Teen will get work experience, life skills training, bible study, and one-on-one mentoring. Job sites will give youth opportunities to help out in their own neighborhood. We want to prepare teens to be leaders and contributors in their families and communities in the future.
Our summer programs are really a group effort. Cru partners with local churches, volunteers, and friends like you to make these life-changing experiences possible. You can help in two ways. First, pray that children's and teen's hearts will be open to the good news.
Secondly, you can partner with us through a generous financial gift. Our goal of $52,000 will provide all the staffing and program elements for four weeks of Summer Day Camp for our 60 registered campers, plus summer jobs and training for 14 teenagers. A gift of $700 will totally sponsor one child or teen.
Would you consider a gift of $700, $350, $175, $87.50, or some other amount? Together we can impact whole families with the gospel this summer, making a difference for years to come.
Thanks for your prayers and support!