The Youth Ministry Committee is excited to announce that our youth group will be headed to Miami in the Summer of 2015 for our mission trip! We’ll be partnering with Touching Miami with Love (TML), a non-profit ministry that has been empowering families since 1995 in the historic African-American community of Overtown, near downtown Miami. Fifty-five percent of the residents of this community live in poverty; the median household income is $11,314. Thirty-two percent of the community’s population lives in public housing. Forty-nine percent of Overtown's residents who are 25 years of age and older have not graduated from high school. The ministry of TML is focused on the most vulnerable of this population – the children and youth. TML provides a safe haven from negative influences and a place to develop essential life skills through their programs for children and youth, by sharing the love of Christ as they provide hope, opportunities, and resources to their community.
Tomorrow’s Leaders, TML’s main program, is an after school program for grade school children, which continues from the school year into the summer as a 7-week program. Our youth will help to facilitate this camp for a week (July 6-10, 2015). Our team will lead devotional time, fitness, visual/musical arts groups, and enrichment sessions. Beginning this fall our youth will learn what it means to participate in urban missions and plan all the logistics for this camp. The youth choir will also be working hard to lead the musical arts group. This unique opportunity will allow our youth to participate in a ministry that is truly making a difference in its community by living out the kingdom of God in a very tangible way.
We’ve decided to hold auctions to raise money for this trip to supplement our youth mission trip budget. The youth will be in the hallway outside the office on Sunday mornings to help you place your bids for vacation homes, goods, and services that have been offered by our members. The third and final auction starts on June 8 and closes on June 29; and the winners of the bids for the final auction will be announced on June 29. Please come and check out what we have to offer and help us to raise money for our Summer of 2015 Mission Trip with Touching Miami with Love!