This past year in Houston, Texas, several groups from Oklahoma and Tennessee came together to work with inner city children with the Impact Youth Summer Program. This program engages youth through “daily programs involving Bible lessons and activities, singing, literacy classes, field trips, service projects, camps, and many other daily activities.” (www.impacthoustonchurch.org). The program is meant to encourage inner city kids to improve their literacy and grow in faith.
Approximately 300 children, ages 4-11, participated in the program. The children were divided into age groups and then further divided into smaller reading classes of about 10. After the reading lesson, the participants were served lunch that was provided by the Houston Food Bank, and then the groups rotated through various Bible-themed stations that included drama, puppets, crafts, games, and a snack.
On Tuesday afternoon, LSI’s volunteers took the kids on a field trip to the Children’s Museum of Houston. Each child has a story, and many of them are very sad. The hope is that the volunteers were able to help the children see that they are important and there is love and good in the world.
Also while in Houston, LSI’s group went to visit and have devotional time with the residents of Independence Hall, an apartment complex for low income seniors, the elderly, and/or handicapped.