Summerhill Community Ministries, Inc.
Serving Inner-City Youth and Families
Building Character Like Jesus
We are into our 4th week of camp! Our theme is “Building
Character Like Jesus.” The kids are learning how to build
their character through exciting Bible lessons. We’ve also
had arts & crafts, track & field, community service projects,
delicious lunches, and fun-filled field trips!
Although camp is going well, we have some kids facing a few
challenging situations. Please keep us in your prayers.
Seeds, Weeds & Needs
Dear Brothers & Sisters, happen to their friends and
relatives. I’m not generalizing these
I can’t believe that it’s been 7 years
problems, these horrible things
since Richard & I moved into the
have all happened.
inner city. Time flies and creeps
along at the same time. The kids that I think it really hit me this summer
I taught as 5 & 6 year olds are how important having productive Through your prayers, financial
getting ready to start middle school. activities and caring adult gifts, and volunteer efforts, you
The young guys are now teens that supervision is to the young people. have helped make a positive
tower over me now. Some of our Without anything to do, they wander difference.
“kids” are now college students or up and down the streets where they
beginning their careers. If ever I encounter drug pushers, addicts, WEEDS
questioned if I could make a prostitutes, gamblers, and speeders. Urban Ministry is tough. Results
difference, all I have to do is look at I see them daily, and my heart cries. aren’t immediately evident. Seeds
these young people. Having Sorry for painting such a bleak are planted which need to be
someone to care, encourage, picture, but it is a daily reality in the watered, fertilized, cultivated, and
admonish, challenge, and pray for city. However, through the After pruned in order to grow up strong,
them has been important. I can tell a School Program, Sports Ministry, healthy, and beautiful. Weeds have
distinct difference in the kids who Summer Camp, and Job Training come along to choke, kill, and
have had people invest in their lives Program some stability and supports prevent growth of many in our
and those who have been left to their exists in their lives. community. It’s a battle that is not
own devices. Life is tough for young won overnight, but rather through
people here. They live in a world of SEEDS fortitude, servitude, and attitude
broken families, drugs, violence, For example, I had a parent stop me with the knowledge and faith that
crime, under-performing schools, the other day to tell me “we had God is in control. It’s a job the
apathy, and little opportunity. We done a good job with her kids”. This redeemed must undertake. God
have had some of our kids commit is a household where both the calls us as believers to take care of
crimes, run away, or fall prey to the parents have drug problems. The the poor, orphaned, foreigner,
lure of drugs and premarital sex. oldest two daughters have widowed, and the “least of these”.
Families have faced eviction, teens graduated high school and are
have become pregnant, utilities holding down jobs. The youngest NEEDS
have been turned off, kids have daughter is enrolled in our camp. I To this end, I’d like to give you a
witnessed gun battles that took away praise God as I think about all the specific opportunity to be involved
their parent, and have seen people that have been involved in Summerhill Community
horrendous pedestrian accidents directly and indirectly in their lives. (Continued on page 2)
Page 2 ~Newsletter ~ June 2005 Summerhill Community Ministries, Inc.
Summer Camp Prayer Requests (Continued from page 1)
Ministries, Inc. Summer Camp has
started in the community. This is
Jalen and Jaden are twin 6 year olds in her life. She connects with my our 5th year of ministering to the
- a boy and a girl. A week after daughter, Ashley, and has begun to children through this avenue. In the
camp, their aunt came to the church share openly about her family life. past, we’ve received a significant
to ask me if I could possibly find She shares that she is the only one in grant from GE Consumer Finance
space for them. Mom has decided her family who is not doing drugs or that allows us to serve 50-60
she does not want to take care of drinking. She is trying to be strong, campers and provide our
them any more. Dad is trying to but gets very frustrated with her teenagers the opportunity to be
bounce back after making some surroundings. She is not allowed to involved in a job-training program.
bad choices, and recently got a job go out much, so she often has to stay Many children and teens have
and is working towards getting inside and inhale the drug filled come to know Christ through our
custody of the twins. rooms. She wishes to spend time Summer Camp. Due to us applying
Despite the mother’s choice, it is with good friends in a positive for our own 501c-3, we were not
hard for the twins to be away from environment. She has also eligible to receive the grant. We
their mother. Please remember expressed a desire to attend church are operating on faith, with the
them in your prayers. with my family. teachers and job trainers knowing
Pray for her and her family in this that they may not get a pay check.
A 12 year old girl who attended situation, and that she will be able to However, that has not deterred
summer camp for the first time last attend church. ~ Justina their desire to serve the children. It
year has made a huge positive turn would be a blessing to us if you
would pray for SCM & the camp.
Thank You! Announcements Pray for God to touch the lives of
the children, for the teachers to
have wisdom and patience in
• We are still in need of your
support as we try to meet our leading their classes, and for
July budget. (All donations are adequate funding. God has
Mark and Phillip Wu - for provided for us in so many ways.
coaching our 2005 Soccer Team. tax deductible.)
Our t-shirts and many of our
We placed third in the league. The
• Look for 1st and 2nd quarter lunches have been donated and
enthusiasm and teamwork of our giving receipts in July. volunteers come daily to serve and
almost all-new rookie team was encourage the children. However,
priceless. • It’s not too late to volunteer. we still have plenty of opportunities
Please call or e-mail.
Anderson Carswell from to serve.
Redemption Fellowship -
designing SCM’s new logo. Update on the Lindsey’s
Coming soon! Please pray for us as we
Members of Redemption have opened our home to a
Fellowship PCA, East Cobb PCA, 17 year old young man.
and Christ Church PCA for Specifically pray that we can
preparing delicious, nutritious get him back into a normal
lunches in the month of June. high school setting instead
of him attending night
All of our great supporters of SCM classes at an open campus
summer camp! high school. Also pray for
wisdom and discernment for
Richard & myself as we
adjust to having a teenager as well
as for being mindful of the advice
and example we set.
Nancy & Richard Lindsey
P. O. Box 160294 • Atlanta, Georgia 30316 • 404-964-4604 • email@example.com • http:www.summerhillcm.com