Summer Newsletter Issue No.3
Updated: Sep 29, 2020
Summer Camps 2020
The challenges of Covid19 and the resulting absence of the usual buzz of mission teams did not prevent meaningful activities at SGYC this summer; we simply pressed ahead with what was feasible within the constraints. Summer camps was our highlight! The Daughters of the Holy Cross (Esther chapter) in Hilton Head, South Carolina, were major sponsors this summer. Amidst the struggle of Covid19 they have opened their hearts and pocketbooks. Mama Linda who is our connection to that church continues to be the real 'mother' of our ministry. The ladies gave the coins from the Blessing jar to touch and enrich the lives of our children. We received food items, school supplies and clothing from the 'barrel of love' during the toughest weeks of Covid 19.
They also fully sponsored our three marvellous weeks of camps, which brought a ray of hope to our children and youth after a very difficult time, of being away from school and the center. The High School girls explored their identity and sense of belonging in Christ - with the theme: Believe, Become, Belong. The High School boys in their sports camp explored the characteristics of a godly man. We are so proud of our own young men who took on leadership roles. Our children's camp explored the importance of listening and obeying through the lives of Hannah and Samuel. The weeks were packed with fun, lots of good food and sweet fellowship. They had an unforgettable experience and received the word of God in their hearts. We express our heartfelt appreciation to the twenty-two ladies of 'The Esther Chapter', May their store baskets never be empty and their oil never run dry.
CAP Site Officially Launched
It all began in October 2015 with the recognition of a need in our community resulting in a project proposal being submitted to the Universal Services Fund for a Community Access Point (CAP) under the title:
"Facilitating Life Long Learning through Technology." Due to the lack of adequate facilities to house the computers, we were delayed after the initial expression of interest. The building of the HOPE center in 2017 with a designated area for the computer lab rekindled the project. It was approved and signed off in October 2019. It was with pride and great joy that we witnessed the official opening on August 5th, 2020, led by Guest Speaker Hon. Fayval Williams; Our Member of Parliament Hon. Robert Montague; the team from Universal Services Fund headed by C.E.O. Mr. Daniel Dawes. We are truly grateful and so excited to provide access to wifi and computer services to our children and youth and all interested persons in Oracabessa and the surrounding communities. The CAP Site is fully equipped with 12 computers, multi- media projector and screen and epson printer. It has already begun and will continue to impact lives and provide opportunities for learning and growth.