Summerhill Community Ministries, Inc.
Serving Inner-City Youth and Families
Newsletter ~ May 2005
a $25.00 registration
Summertime in the City fee, this in no way
covers all the costs.
The actual cost per
What do you have planned existent, so the children child is $300 for the
for this summer? Are there will bike and play summer. Due to our
vacations to take, sports basketball or football in being a Christian
programs to be involved the streets. The kids organization, we will
in, and quality family time encounter speeders, drug not be receiving a
to be spent together? To dealers, gangs, and the grant this year to
most people this is the mentally unstable on a help offset the costs
daily basis. The and will only take the
inside of their home camp as far as
may not be any donations will allow.
safer for them as We also want to
tempers flare, provide a small
unsupervised TV Bible Study, music, salary for the Camp
watching and video recreation, dance, and Teachers and Job
game playing arts & crafts. In the past Trainers. We have
occupy most of the years, many children have provided a response card
day and uninvited prayed to receive Christ for you to return by mail.
quests may stop by. into their lives. Along with You may also email us if
We want to provide the camp, we also offer a you want to be involved
norm, but not to our kids in an alternative for our Job Training Program for in this important ministry.
the city. Summertime young people. For the past the teens. Our program is Volunteer opportunities
brings a whole new set of four summers, SCM has designed to give young are available for
challenges to our individuals, families, and
communities. Parents We need your help to have a successful camp this summer. groups to provide snacks,
still have to provide for chaperone trips, and
their families, but have Please help sponsor a child. No donation is too small. teach enrichment
no one to take care of activities. Above all we
their children. Often the offered a quality Christ- people an opportunity to need your prayers!
oldest child is left in centered camp for the kids spend quality time in an Thank you for blessing
charge of their siblings in Summerhill, environment that requires us!!
resulting in “babies taking Peoplestown, teamwork and individual
care of babies”. Back Mechanicsville, and Grant responsibility. Teens gain Justina Dix
yards are small or non- Park where the young a work ethic and develop
people can receive love positive life long habits
and encouragement that equip them for
from staff and caring their future.
We are asking you to
consider giving a
special gift to one of
service projects and
our urban youth this
field trips. Each day of
the seven week camp is
sponsoring them for
filled with activities like
camp. Although, we
ask the parents to pay
Page 2 Summerhill Community Ministries, Inc.
About five years ago God began hopeless thought
stirring something in me to begin that I would have.
praying about a major change in my He also ordained
life. In October, 2000 I drove from the exact day that
Washington State across the country many special
to Georgia, to serve a family in the events in my life
city of Cumming. Even though that would happen:
move was one of the hardest things I each day that I
have ever done, it was also one that I would meet some
will never regret. A year after my of the most
move I began seeking the Lord and wonderful friends
asking Him to place me back in an that I have ever
inner city ministry, one where I known—too many
could serve children and families as to list here, but you
I had done in college. Shortly know who you are; the day that I about it. After just a few weeks of
thereafter I learned of the ministry in would walk into the church that praying and seeking wise counsel
Summerhill, and in November of would become an answer to many the Lord gave me the answer-- I was
2001 I began my work as the After- years of fervent prayers—First supposed to move and go help my
School Coordinator. It is funny to Alliance Church; the day that I dad. This hasn’t been an easy
look back and see how the Lord has would meet the most incredible decision or one that I have made
worked over the last 5 years. I would teacher and leader that I have ever without a lot of thought and tears. I
have never chosen to move to the known-- Justina Dix; the day that I love the children and the families
state of Georgia and never dreamed would meet some of the most here in Summerhill--they are such a
that I would end up moving into the resilient people that I will probably big part of my life and my heart.
inner city of Atlanta, but, God had ever know--the families in However, I believe that God’s Word
this planned from the very Summerhill; the day that I would is true and that He has a plan in all of
beginning of time. He knew how meet the professors, students, and this that is good. I don’t have any
much I needed to grow and learn staff at the American University of idea what God has in store for me,
during my time here. He saw every Biblical Studies; and the day that I or what life will be like in this new
tear that I shed and knew each would begin working for an amazing place, but one thing that I am certain
Christian Adoption Agency-- of is that I serve a faithful and
Covenant Care Services. Each of awesome God! I am so sad about
these events has led to 4 1/2 years of (Continued on page 3)
pruning, shaping, molding and
refining—the radical changes of
which I was in desperate need. I
know some of you are asking what in
the world is happening and why is
she sharing this with us? What I need
to tell you is that I am moving. The
Lord has called me to Manteo, North
Carolina to work with my dad at his
In March my aunt Christie passed
away, which left the family without
an incredible person, and also left
my dad without someone who
played a key role at the bookstore.
My dad asked me if I would ever
consider coming to work with him,
and I told him that I would pray
May 2005 Page 3
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leaving all that I have been blessed
with here, but I am also excited about
Labor of Love
what the Lord will do in these new
circumstances. Please pray that the It is never easy saying good-by. available for service in many
Lord will lead me to a Bible-believing God places people in our lives for different areas of need.
church and Christian friends, and times and seasons. We have been Truly, God will not forget her
also for encouragement as I leave so blessed with Jennifer Brumfield labor of Love.
many people that I love. Please pray for the past four years and will
for those that I am leaving too—it’s miss her presence in SCM. No As Jennifer goes to be with her
never easy to say goodbye. Pray that one can put a value on the service Dad, to help him with the
God will raise up new leaders and Jennifer has given to inner city bookstore, we send her our love,
volunteers—people with hearts to children and families. Jennifer prayers, and support.
serve. And, please pray that this tackled difficult tasks, over came Because she is a dear friend of
wonderful ministry will continue to racial tension, laughed and cried my family and me, we will keep
flourish no matter who leaves and no with kids as they shared their in close contact with each other.
matter who comes--we want to see hearts, and made herself Justina Dix
people’s lives changed and made
better because of the hope and love
that we offer through Jesus Christ.
If you would like to stay in touch with
me my address until June 1st is still
751 Cherokee Avenue, Atlanta,
Georgia 30315 and after that my
address will be P.O. Box 1388,
Manteo, NC 27954. My cell phone
number is (404) 909-3110 and will be
the same for awhile, and I will also
keep my email address
(email@example.com). I thank each
and every one of you for your support
and prayers, and trust that the Lord
will lead you as to whether you
should continue to support the
ministry in Summerhill. I know that I
plan to, no matter how far away the
Lord leads me. I pray God’s love and
blessing upon each of you!
Summerhill Community Ministries, Inc.
Serving Inner-City Youth and Families
P. O. Box 160294
Atlanta, Georgia 30316
Check out our new website! - http:www.summerhillcm.com
All donations are tax deductible.
A big THANK YOU goes out to all
of our wonderful After school
Tutors and volunteers.
We appreciate all of your hard
work and dedication. The
children really benefited from
the extra tutoring and homework
Justina made many visits to the
schools and held conversations
with several teachers.
Incomplete homework is one of
the problems teachers often
complain about, and counts for a Annie Swier - Mission Year
Philip Yarberough - Mission Year
certain percentage of a student’s
grade. High praise came from Special Thanks to Nancy Lindsey for
teachers about homework being being a wonderful editor and
turned in completed. Without a administrative assistant.
doubt, math and reading skills Special thanks to Jennifer Brumfield for
have really improved. coordinating our after school program this
year and assisting our new soccer coach.
Teachers are looking for better
test scores this year. (We will let Thanks to Anne Burlas & kids (Billy,
Katie & Michael) for their labor of love in
you know when they’re back).
designing our newsletter and website and
These wonderful for printing, stuffing & mailing our
accomplishments were the newsletters!
results of having these
Juliet Cho- Mission Year
Diane Doss - Redemption Fellowship
Margaret Goins from First Alliance Church
Anne Burlas - from East Cobb PCA
“Let us not become weary in
doing good, for at the proper
time we will reap a harvest if
we do not give up.”
Galatians 6:9 Sally Doster - from Christ Church PCA
Katie Weber from Atlanta