Impact Clubs Wrap-Up: Summer 2016

We give thanks to God for the awesome things He has done on the behalf of Hope for Kids and for the many new children whose lives have been impacted through Summer Impact Clubs!

So much laughter and smiles on their faces, clinging hugs, tears in parting. Not only were the kids sad when the Clubs were over, our Team is too.

We’re still calculating the results but we know that approximately 180 kids attended the Clubs and there was rejoicing in heaven as over 30 children put their faith in Jesus over these past two weeks! Pray that God will make the seeds that were planted grow and increase their faith and knowledge of Him.

God did some amazing things in the hearts of our team as they reached out to the children of Springfield this summer. Here are just a few of the quotes from our team members.

“Saving Springfield–one apartment complex at a time… I’m so grateful to be a part of this ministry and use what gifts God has given me to spread the gospel.”

“Wow, what an eventful day of Impact Clubs!!! Despite the downpours and other incidents, the clubs still went on because nothing’s gonna stop God’s work. Getting a glimpse of the worst of Springfield made me realize just how important this is, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”

“Some of these sweet babes just need someone to love them and hold them. This little girl fell down today and hurt her hand, she just wanted me to kiss her boo boos and rock her back and forth. I can truly say that these children have stolen my heart. I am privileged to hold them and tell them I believe in them.”

“It’s heartbreaking that after 5 days of Impact Clubs, we finally had to say goodbye to these children and leave some in tears. But the good news is that we’re not going to abandon them, they will be invited to all of HFK’s other events and I can’t wait to see them again! It was a great week with lots of memories and many kids saved! And I did have some good defensive plays in Game 5 if I don’t say so myself… Nothin else to brag about so I’ll enjoy this moment for a few days…”

“The past couple weeks have been so full and hard and good. I have learned so much about God’s power and about my own selfishness. I’ve been inspired by fourteen-year-olds who are incredible leaders and I’ve talked to seven-year-olds who have been through things that a lot of adults never have. Stepping out of your comfort zone kind of seems like a buzz phrase. it honestly sounds so adventurous and holy. but it comes down to the moments when sweat is running into your eyes because it is so humid but you don’t want to get back in the air conditioned car and drive away from the smiling faces that can’t get enough of the jump rope practice and basketball and the love that is being poured into their lives for the first time in who knows how long, because of Jesus. And in those moments, I feel so small. I am helpless against the monster that is the cycle of poverty and loss and hurting that runs through every city, not just Springfield. I feel like the two or three weeks I spend with these kids could never be enough, even though Hope for Kids is designed specifically to continue relationships with kids beyond Impact Clubs, and I probably will get to see them again soon. There are just so many more families just like them. So many little kids never get the chance to choose how they’re going to grow up. Something inside me desperately wants to be able to stop seeing that, to just continue living in my little bubble of suburbia and college planning and having my current grandest issue being what to buy my dad for his birthday. But God does not call his children to eyes closed tight against the brokenness, and he doesn’t ask us to solve the problems within every apartment complex, every city, every country. He simply asks us to be the vessels shaped by his love–to let ourselves be filled and consumed by the grace we have been shown, and then to pour that love out into every life God puts in our path. And when my words get stuck and I fail and I feel so entirely helpless, he reminds me: his strength and understanding are not bound to what I see and feel, to one city, or even to the atmosphere that is this whole hurting world. On my own, I cannot fight the enemy, or my selfishness, or the patterns that destroy families and steal hope. But when I have nothing left, He goes on. When I am tired and sad and wishing that I could unsee the headlines, He has a plan. and I never have to do this on my own. I am a part of His family. Tonight I am thankful for midnight pep talks from the book of Isaiah, parachute tents in the pouring rain, dollar store table cloths and blueberry smoothies, and hope.”

“Wow! I can’t believe there’s only 1 more day of Impact Clubs!!! I think I can speak for everyone when I say that it’s gotten to the point of having to fight through exhaustion, but it’s totally worth it and I’m so sad to see it end!!”

“Can you even put into words the pleasure it is to serve alongside these amazing people? But let’s think about this for a moment. It’s people. It’s people God uses to accomplish His works. Why? I don’t know. But what a privilege it is to be used by Him in this unique way. That He will use us when we make ourselves available. It’s not easy. It requires sacrifice. But that is not unnoticed. However it’s vision is filtered through the lens of faith. ‘Without faith it is impossible to please God because anyone who believes in Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.’ Hebrews 11:6”

Thank you for all the prayers and support that made this summer possible!

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