Good-Bye, Emily!

We held a farewell party for intern Emily Chupp on Sunday. It seems like only yesterday that she arrived looking like this: Amazing the changes that can happen in a year! Emily’s family came from Indiana to drive her home. We will miss you, Emily! There are many teens and children (and adults!) in Phoenix…

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Teen Camp 2010

It is a beautiful thing when young people embrace the truth and experience freedom in Christ. And that beautiful thing happened at Teen Camp last week.Strongholds broken, sins confessed, joy and peace restored. In some of the campers’ words: I learned that God will never not love me. It doesn’t matter what I have done…

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Freedom: Isaiah 61:1-3

Teen Camp is a little over 48 hours away, as a youth happily informed me today. Darrell will be speaking on “Freedom in Christ,” and as I prepare to be a counselor, I keep coming back to these verses from Isaiah 61. To me, they show the depths of hopelessness a human being is capable…

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VBS: Day 5, Week 2

If there’s a reason why the New Yorkers came to Aim Right for their summer missions trip, it’s probably because of Troy Moser. A New York native, he came to Phoenix in the fall of 2006 to serve as an intern, and after an extended internship, he continues to be involved in various capacities. Troy…

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No photos tonight, just a few random thoughts: Some of the kids are quite funny as they try to recall the week’s Bible stories. More than one story involved a boat and a fire, and I think they have some difficulty keeping them straight! “I’m gonna miss these kids.” — Said by quite a few…

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VBS: Day 4, Week 2

WaterWorks! Park keeps flowing strong. At least 65 children attended VBS on Thursday evening. If some kids look a little wet, it’s because they are a LOT wet. The activity for games was a water slide! I love how this little guy is covering his eyes. I guess he thought he was in for a…

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VBS: Day 4, Week 2 (A Preview)

This is for the far-off mothers who birthed these children — these children who took Crazy Hair Night to a whole new level. They got your permission to do this…….right?

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Project Water!

In addition to nightly VBS at two locations, the New Yorkers have been on the move serving all over the city — at St. Vincent de Paul, St. Mary’s Food Bank (where they were complimented as one of the best volunteer groups the food bank has hosted in awhile), and Garfield Elementary School (where the…

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VBS: Day 3, Week 2 (+ Off-Site)

Wednesday was Inside-Out Backwards Night at VBS. Bible Story: Elijah Challenges the Prophets of Baal(acted out with a paper bag altar) Elijah praying to God This young man sang a solo during Opening — a song that he said he had written last night. I didn’t catch all the words, but I know he sang…

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VBS: Day 2, Week 2

For evening two, we had 59 VBS’ers, with 49 of those coming on the bus. Around 18 staff rode on the bus as well. I’ll let you do the math. One good thing is that we really don’t have any issues with kids bouncing around from seat to seat. There is simply no room to…

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