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Summerhill Community Ministries, Inc.
Newsletter ~ First Quarter 2006                    Serving Inner-City Youth and Fami...
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Summerhill Community Ministries Newsletter Apr06

  1. 1. Summerhill Community Ministries, Inc. Newsletter ~ First Quarter 2006 Serving Inner-City Youth and Families Let the Little Children Come... If someone walks into my house for the first time, she might think I have children of my own after seeing the crayon drawings that wall-paper my refrigerator door. I have no children of my own, but I am Jonquaria Scott blessed to work with and love about twenty amazing children from the Summerhill after school program. The truth is, I am “refrigerator-door-proud” of these Shakkia Walker kids! Now, some days can be difficult, There is something far deeper, and it may seem like nothing being however, than just crayon drawings said is actually sinking in; but then happening at the after school there are also some days with great program. The first thing that stood out to me when I came to ASP this “Let the little children come to me and Kevin Payton year was how eager the children were to bless the snack or say a do not hinder them, for the kingdom of prayer for devotion. When the time God belongs to such as these...” came to pray, tons of little hands shot up to volunteer, and some victories. You see, you are never couldn’t help but to murmur a small too young to know God’s love and “I want to pray! I want to pray!” It begin following Him. “We need to is encouraging seeing a bunch of love God and love others,” said young hearts excited about God one of our seven year old boys Bianca Smith and learning more about Him. (Continued on page 2) Jordan Wilkins Myleodre Jones Joshua Wilkins Honor Roll Students! Thanks goes to Christ Church for the donation of a 15 passenger van!
  2. 2. Page 2 Summerhill Community Ministries, Inc. Beat the Odds Khamirah and the other was shared, there was not a Khamirah Miller, a senior at dry eye in the room. It was a Southside High School, was winners were also honored at a banquet very emotional night for chosen as a 2006 recipient of the Khamirah as this public sharing “Beat the Odds” award. Since where they had dinner with the commissioners of painful memories continues 1992 this annual award has been her healing process. given to seven high school seniors from the Atlanta in Fulton County. Applicants were districts at the Omni Khamirah is one of the teen chosen based on their G.P.A, Hotel. The evening’s girls that has volunteered in community involvement and a host was Donna Lowry the SCM after school program. one-page essay detailing from Channel 11 News. She attends the basketball obstacles or difficult situations At the dinner they were presented games, assists Justina, makes sure they’ve had to face. Khamirah with a checking account set up the teams have Gatorade, uniforms, wrote about the adversity in her with their name in the check book and keeps the stats. She is also life over the past years and was and a $2,000 opening deposit, a trusted to keep score for Atlanta delighted when she was informed Coca Cola luggage set, an Ipod, Youth Project. Khamirah attends that she had been chosen as one of and a new laptop. church with Justina’s family on the winners. Recipients all Each recipient shared their Sundays. She is a candidate for the received $1,000 which included a personal story on a video teen job training program this $350 shopping spree. presentation. As Khamirah's story summer. Salute to Sally (Continued from page 1) after he had earlier thanked God for forgiving our sins in an opening prayer. I just sat back in wonder Sally Doster is the wife of Dick phoned Justina. Anna is now a and thought, “Yes! He gets it!” Doster and mother of two. Sally has fulltime worker in the after school These children are truly an been working with SCM for about program, sharing her gifts of example of child-like faith that our five years now and is loved dearly tutoring, music, and art with the Father desires for all of us to have. by the kids and Justina’s family. She kids. She and her husband also help faithfully volunteers on Mondays at coach our soccer team. I believe these the After School kids are a light to Sally has shared the Program. She is their families and work of the ministry in especially known their community. Summerhill with many for her delicious, They are being people and is credited fun snacks which taught the bold with bringing her the kids look truth of God and church family on full forward to time are carrying it out board. Along with after time. She to others, whether they realize it or sharing her time with us, also helps plan not. I see Christ working in their she has also dedicated and chaperone lives either by a simple act of her life to prison during summer sharing or maybe by trying to not ministry where she camp field trips, lie anymore. I pray we would have helps and encourages occasionally the same passion and excitement children of parents who cooks hot meals these little ones express! have been incarcerated. for Justina’s family, supports many Justina shares that “Sally is a woman “Let the little children come to me, of the Summerhill sports along with of many talents. Her heart is so big, Dick and is a big cheerleader of the and do not hinder them, for the and reaches out to so many. She has ministry. She wrote an article for kingdom of God belongs to such as become a close friend of my family. Christ Church’s bulletin. The day it these. I tell you the truth, anyone She is a prayer and accountability was posted, there was a young lady who will not receive the kingdom of partner to me and at times, she can visiting for the first time. Her name God like a little child will never out-cheer me at my own kid’s was Anna Winter. Her heart was enter it.” Mark 10:14-15 games. We love and appreciate pricked for the ministry and she Sally.” Anna Winter
  3. 3. First Quarter 2006 Page 3 Where Are They Now? It Takes a Village At 18 years old, Darell Hickson is a freshman at Alabama State University where he learning how the business world works. At 12 years old, Darell Hickson started learning how to be a man. His teacher was Phil Edwards, the then pastor of New Life Community church which was located in the Summerhill area. Darell remembers the many life lessons he learned such as tying a tie and In a rush, I pulled up to the church. I ladies from East Cobb PCA how to conduct himself in an had just come back from getting ice preparing homemade chicken pot interview. Since there was no from the store. I so wanted to greet pie for lunch. Across the hall in the father in his home, Darell describes our enrichment teachers for the day, recreation room the volunteer group the time he spent with Pastor to show them where they would be from Pennsylvania is engaging in fun Edwards and Justina Dix as very teaching and so on… but it is now 15 and games with the younger essential to him. “I always learned minutes past Bible study time and the children. I then go up to the mid- from Ms. Justina,” he says. “She was children have moved into their level to find Regina Harris from always teaching me about the Bible second period classes. I walked Redemption PCA, teaching “praise and Jesus downstairs to the dining hall and through dance” to the 9-14 years old and found a few of our teen job trainers, girls in the sanctuary. I go up further learning setting up enough tables and chairs to the 3rd level and find Skip Pierce, about Him to feed 75 people. In the kitchen are (Continued on page 4) makes you a better person. “ Darell Undefeated! loved the Swoosh! After an summer undefeated season, camp activities as a young man the 18-and-under where he participated in many boy’s basketball team sports before eventually becoming was the runner-up for involved the teen job training the championship and program. He credits the program the 15-and-under with preparing him for college boys won the where he made the dean’s list his championship for first semester. Darell is interested their age group. in pursuing a career in real estate and is very excited about what the Joel Moore, Director future holds for him. Look out of the Atlanta Youth Project says that deep sea fishing, sailing and other Donald Trump! Summerhill’s basketball players beach activities. Mr. Moore showed great character and considers Justina a ministry partner sportsmanship the entire season. and while he acknowledges that she Four players from the Summerhill does the real day-to-day ministry, he teams were chosen to the All knows that sports can be a great tool Principal’s Character Team which recognizes players that exhibit the most for reaching kids. “Basketball is a means to an end,” says Mr. Moore. List Christlike character. Those four “The goal is to know Christ and to players and the rest of the All know Him more fully.” Character team were rewarded with an all-expense paid “Beach Camp” Congratulations to all our players for Ashley Dix a great season! trip to Destin, FL where they enjoyed
  4. 4. Newsletter ~ First Quarter 2006 Summerhill Community Ministries, Inc. Summer Camp Praise Report Have you seen the latest A big THANK YOU to those that commercial for a certain prayed for and supported the Dix popular theme park that’s Family! Justin DID get the approval home to a certain popular he needed to for extra classes. This mouse? Two cute little semester he is taking all of his day kids are so excited about school classes and 2 night school all the fun they’re going classes. After speaking with all of to have, they can’t sleep his teachers and the counselors, and the child in all of us Justin is passing all of his classes so can probably relate. Who wouldn’t habits that equip them for their far. He is expected to graduate with be excited? 10-year-old Dajonia future in the workplace and in his brother Joel, and his senior Smith is excited about her plans for life. class in May! Praise God!! the summer too. Like the kids in Of course, the SCM summer the commercial, she too can hardly camp and teen job training wait. Is she traveling to Orlando? program rely on the generous 2006/2007 No, because right in her offerings of time and resources neighborhood is the Summerhill Executive Board Members from volunteers who want to Community Ministries Summer make a difference in the lives of Nancy Lindsey - Inner Faith Ministries Camp and when asked what it is some really great kids; many of Molly Blass - East Cobb PCA that excites her about camp she whom would have no other says, “When we praise Jesus and James Jones - Atlanta Police Department options for the summer. sing about Him!” Elisa Bennett - Mission Year So, for just $350 you could send a Tracy Hall - Missions to North America Praising Jesus is just one of the child like Dajonia to camp for an many wonderful things that entire summer. For $1,800 you Summerhill’s seven-week summer could support the summer salary (Continued from page 3) day camp offers its campers each of a teenager who will gain also from Redemption Fellowship, summer. It also allows kids ages 5 invaluable skills and life lessons. engaged in conversation with our to 15 to participate in enrichment older boys, in a “critical thinking/ activities, service projects and field Since 2000, the summer camp has life skill class”. trips. Each day is filled with Bible study, praise and worship, welcomed 360 campers, served 384 Everyone was in place, and each recreation, dance, arts and crafts, job was graciously being done. I drama, sports clinics and other fun, meals (breakfast & lunch), gone on 48 took a deep breath and thanked the hands-on activities. The children field trips, and trained 65 teens. Lord for sending His people to are served hot meals each day and impart the lives of these children. I receive love and encouragement could not do all of this myself. As a from staff and caring volunteers. Many of us probably have good child I used to hear “It takes a memories of summers we spent village to raise a child.” This still as children and were probably rings true today. Teen Job Training Program: fortunate enough to have In conjunction with the summer We are able to run a successful opportunities where we learned program, because of you, who camp, SCM also offers a teen job and grew. The SCM Summer faithfully support us through prayer, training program for teenagers. Camp offers the same monetary gifts, service and talents. This program is designed to give opportunities of growth and new Please consider uniting with us young people an opportunity to experiences to children with few again to impact the lives of the spend quality time in an other choices. Won’t you children in Atlanta. environment that requires prayerfully consider how you can teamwork and individual make difference in the life of Justina Dix responsibility. By working in the these kids? To sponsor a child or summer camp, the teens gain a for more information please Newsletter Team work ethic and develop life-long contact Justina Dix. Writers - Alma Stone, Justina Dix Editor - Nancy Lindsey Alma Stone Designer - Anne Burlas P. O. Box 160294 • Atlanta, Georgia 30316 • 404-964-4604 • •