This summer at The Lovelady Center, I had the amazing privilege to work with our kids. We had over 100 school-aged children join us for "Freedom Rain Summer Program." Being with these kids day in and day out has given me new eyes for them. Throughout the summer, we have heard many different stories of where our kids have come from and the trauma many have experienced. We have been able to see many of the kids grow, laugh, learn, and experience the love of Christ throughout the summer.
We were blessed with the opportunity to take our kids to experience many different things, from Alabama Splash Adventure, Summer Blast at Church of the Highlands, The Birmingham Art Museum, and much more. Along with this, we were also able to lead a three-day camp for our children at Camp Chula Vista in Pell City. We had around 60 kids and 15 volunteers. The kids were able to swim, ride horses, learn archery, do crafts, learn songs, build relationships with peers, and most importantly, learn more about Jesus. Many of our volunteers and teachers worked so hard this summer to create opportunities for these children to experience Gods love. It has been an honor to serve alongside of them.
Overall, this summer program experience has been extremely rewarding for both the kids and myself. Each day comes with its own unique set of circumstances, but each day we are able to show love to these children and impact their lives in a positive way. It is not always easy, but it is always worth it. I, myself, have learned so much and grown tremendously. It has been an honor to help mentor these children throughout the summer and it excites me to see the work God does in their lives in the years to come.