Our last Monday together, while half of our students went swimming at Platte County Community Center North YMCA, our other crews partied with some favorite foods, video games and fun in the gym. Those that went swimming, partied on Wednesday while the other students went swimming. On Tuesday, our party bounced over to Bump City (GAGE). All of our students had a great time playing in foam pits, climbing, sliding, and more. We ended our summer on Thursday, with a trip to CoCo Keys Waterpark -- swimming, splashing, sliding, and generally having a great time all around. We are so thankful to each of these establishments for welcoming our group, and partnering with us over the last several years to give our students some exciting opportunities.
During our devotion time that last week, we looked at something that wasn't a party but was and IS certainly worth celebrating! That event is the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Because Jesus rose from the dead, conquering sin and death -- we can have hope, a confident expectation that if we've trusted in Christ for the forgiveness of our sins, that we are forgiven, and will have life with Him for all eternity. It was this hope that Mary was given when she saw the resurrected Lord on Easter morning and then shared with the disciples. It was this same hope that the disciples soon had for themselves. It was this hope that helped Peter and the others have boldness to share the life changing power of Jesus with others. Because of Christ we have HOPE! Now THAT is definitely worth celebrating and sharing with others!
Thanks so much for everyone who has prayed for our students, interns, and staff over the course of the summer. We are all very grateful for your support. This chapter may be closed, but more fun and growing together await us. In a couple short weeks, we will return to City Corps after school program once again with a number of these very same students. They will be coming to us for homework help, life skills, Bible Study, recreation, field trips and more. Please pray for a great Fall semester with all our students, and that we can build upon the success of the summer.