CONNECT CITY: SUMMER PROGRAMS FOR REFUGEE CHILDREN & GOVERNMENT HOUSING NEIGHBOURHOODS
We at Connect City are so excited to inform you we have stepped out in great faith by committing to running 2 amazing summer camp styled programs for this summer. Now let's see what God does!!!
SUMMER CAMP FOR ASYLUM SEEKING CHILDREN
The first camp we are running is for children who are asylum seekers (refugees) living in two local hotels used as emergency housing. An Asylum Seeker is defined as;
“A person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster.”
The children we serve in these hotels definitely live up to this description as they have have left countries in turmoil like Nigeria and Syria, etc to escape persecution, war and death. There are over 800 children living in these two hotels and we were able to host 8 separate Christmas parties for all these children this past December. It was such a success that the government agency in charge of emergency housing asked us to host a summer camp for these children as they have nothing to do this summer. Now, how can you say “no” to this request? So, with no money we have went out in faith trusting that God will provide us funding to hire young leaders to run this camp. We realize we cannot reach all 800 children but we can reach some. Our plan is to host over 40 plus different kids per week for seven weeks reaching over 280 children. What an opportunity we have to be “Jesus” to these children and their families.
Please pray for Brittany MacGowan as she continues to do a great job in leading our ministry in these hotels. Ask God to provide the finances we need for this summer program and to hire amazing young adults as staff. Also, pray for wisdom as Brittany interviews potential staff. Through our witness of loving deeds, friendships and Gospel words we believe Jesus will be exalted and many will come to know him as Lord. Now, that is something to pray about.