Monthly Archives: August 2016

Opportunities to Serve

Investing your time and talents in the lives of disadvantaged children will impact the world around you!

Employment Opportunity: Children’s Team Leader

Additional staff (typically college-aged) are needed for our children’s programming teams in Michigan and Arizona with two position types available: weekend only and full time. In both positions, you will have the opportunity to lead a team of children during their experiences at Youth Haven and share your time and heart with them throughout their stay. Our team leaders see themselves as missionaries, serving God in home missions. As such, they are passionate about the opportunities they have to share their faith and be the hands and feet of Jesus to the children Youth Haven serves. Please visit www.youthhaven.org/employment for more information or to apply.

Volunteer Opportunities

An important part of our children’s programs is making sure our campus facilities are in good condition for the children. You can partner with us to provide safe and fun experiences for them by helping us maintain our buildings, grounds, and activity stations. Examples include landscaping, cleaning, raking leaves, sorting/organizing donated clothing and toys, painting, and more. Serve for a morning, afternoon, or all day! Your church, organization, youth group, or small group can also “adopt” a building or activity station and commit to maintaining that area of our campus. To learn more, please visit www.youthhaven.org/volunteer, or contact Bethany, our Volunteer Coordinator, at 517-569-3328.

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Summer 2016 Volunteer Corner

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Volunteer Work Day
We would like to thank the many wonderful volunteers who were part of our Volunteer Work Day on Saturday, May 14! We are so grateful for their help with cleaning, landscaping, and a variety of other projects to make sure our grounds and facilities were ready for summer camp! At the Michigan campus, cold, dreary weather didn’t stop our terrific team of volunteers, who cheerfully worked throughout the day. At the Arizona campus, we enjoyed working with an incredible team of Family Life Radio volunteers. Our long-standing relationship with FLR as sister ministries is a tremendous blessing to us and the children we serve.

Servant Event
Servant Event volunteers spent a week with us at our Michigan campus, where they helped with brush clean-up, painting, mowing, and other important maintenance projects. They also began the construction process for a walk-through maze that will be an exciting new children’s activity in our adventure trail.

Thank You!
We are incredibly grateful for so many volunteers who partner with us through serving. To our Adopt-a-Facility volunteers, our Lansing Christian volunteers, those who helped with our Pancake Breakfast, and the many other groups and individuals who serve so faithfully, thank you! We couldn’t do what we do without you!

 

Your Gifts Change Lives!

God is using you to change lives! Your financial contributions, volunteer hours, and time spent in prayer are all gifts that help meet the needs of disadvantaged children – children like Conner and David*, whose grandmother recently sent us this letter:

“Conner’s father left his mother when Conner was only three. Since then, Conner has had very little contact with his father – no cards, calls, or gifts, and only three visitations. This has left Conner feeling abandoned and unwanted. His step-father is good to him but is very authoritarian and the children are given little slack to be kids. Conner finds himself frequently confined to his room. Conner seems to believe that everyone (family, neighbors, classmates, teammates, etc.) dislikes him.

“David feels like he is expected to always play second fiddle to Conner. Whenever the boys are together, he always yields his desires and wants whatever his brother wishes. He compensates for this by slouching in his seat, putting a sour, unhappy look on his face, and refusing to respond, interact, or participate. When Conner is not present, David shines. The happy, helpful, loving boy bursts through.

“The boys’ mother and step-father both work in a small local restaurant. They make barely enough money to cover necessary expenses. The parents simply do not have the time, money, or energy to provide much beyond food, shelter, and clothing.”

Because of your generosity, we were able to offer scholarships for both of these boys to come to summer camp free of charge. Because you gave, they were warmly welcomed into an environment where they felt wanted. They had a chance to have fun and simply be kids, playing games like gaga ball and having squirt gun fights while running through our life-size maze. They ate their fill of delicious food, and our caring staff paid attention to them and showed them they were each uniquely gifted and valued.

Most importantly, they were affirmed with the life-changing truth that God loves them, will never abandon them, and has a very special plan for their lives. And they’ll be reminded of that truth every time they come to Youth Haven, whether for summer camp or on a weekend during the school year.

Every child has a story. So many families are struggling to make ends meet. So many kids live from day to day with feelings of abandonment and loneliness. They feel unwanted and worthless. They need a chance to get away from their daily struggles and simply have fun. They need someone to show them they have immeasurable value and God can use them to do great things!

Thank you for making that possible for these two boys, and so many more. Your gifts
truly do change lives!

*Names changed for confidentiality.

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Summer Highlights

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The 2016 Youth Haven Summer Games

This summer, we’ve been celebrating the Olympics at Youth Haven! The kids are having a great time with all kinds of fun games and activities… swimming, gaga ball, archery, biking, “Capture the Flag,” and more!

At our Michigan campus, the children also love flying across the field on our zipline or speeding down the hill on our giant slip ‘n’ slide.

At the Arizona campus, wildlife expert and educator Wildman Phil has been entertaining the children each week, along with his animal friends, including Stumpy, a tortoise who was severely injured and has learned to walk using a wheel that is attached to one side of his body.

But there’s so much more to our programs than fun and games! The children have been learning that it’s not about winning medals or showing others how good they are. God has chosen them for His team, not because of their own talents or abilities, but because He loves them, and that’s what makes them special!

Every child receives a Youth Haven “Trailbook,” a personalized New Testament Bible, to take home. And several of the children have already accepted Christ as Savior this summer! God is using your prayers and financial support to change lives. Thank you!