Added on Aug 10, 2009 by
This week at Hopetown, the 5-6th graders spirits were stirred as we learned about the book of Haggai. Melissa taught on how God says in Haggai that as our spirits are stirred that we, in turn, stir other peoples spirits. Then he doesn't want us to just sit around and feel the stirring, he says "Get to work". And as we get to work, he says "I am with you".
I think that there is no greater picture of spirits being stirred and getting to work than our summer interns hearts and dedication. One intern, Caroline McDonald, spoke this week about how her spirit was stirred when she was a 5th grader coming to Hopetown. She talked about how Daystar had such an impact on her life in the midst of hard times, and how she felt so called to give back to the place that had given so much to her. Then God said to Caroline "Okay now, get to work"...and she has, along with the other 13 interns. They truly have worked very hard...making meals, cleaning, teaching kids to ski, helping with worship, doing yard work, and so on. And in the midst of the tiredness, especially after 5 camps, God says to them..."I am with you".
We are SO thankful that not only does God say that He is with us, but as the body of Christ, so do all of you! You all have said that in SO many ways this summer and we are VERY grateful!
We are so excited that we have currently raised $91,015 so far this summer!! As you all know by now, our fundraising goal is $140,000...which means we still have another $48,985 to go. I will email you a budget within the next week of our summer camp income and expenses broken down. It will show you the cost of maintaing Hopetown as well as keeping things running back in Nashville through June, July and August. We thought this might give ya'll a better idea of how much we have coming in from camp fees, and why we still have more to raise.
If any of you know anyone who has any adult size, non-mountain bikes, lying around and would like to donate them for the 7-8th graders first Hopetown Bike Ride...we would be thrilled! Or in the past, we had some people give specifically to purchase a new bike because sometimes we can get a better deal being a non-profit.
Thank you all SO much for the MANY ways that you have been with us throughout the summer! We cannot believe we only have one more camp!! As the end of camp draws near, please pray this coming week for safety, energy, God's movement, and love for one another.
Brian Anderson & Kathleen Goff