As a youth in the Desire I always found myself getting into more trouble during the summer days. I would throw rocks at cars driving up the nearby highway, Bust windows on local business, all kinds of crazy stuff. Why?? Well, Summer in Desire is the most unsupervised and most unenriched time of the year for kids. And to be quite honest I was bored. Although the schools in our community are not the best they do however provide kids with security, and enrichment opportunities. There’s so many examples of kids just like I was in our neighborhood today and because of them the Summer is the most important time of our ministry. It’s where we spend most of our resources, and most lives are saved.
Summer learning loss is a major contributor to the achievement gap between low-income and high-income youth. Engaging summer activities that creatively promote continued learning ensure our students will keep their edge going into the new school year. Providing daily Spiritual guidance to youth is what saved my life! When a young man or woman hears the word of God everyday it begins a routine! What an awesome routine to have.
In two months, Desire Fellowship in partnership with A Desire For Change will be leading several gospel-centered programs: (1) we will be running our fourth year of a six week summer camp in the 9th Ward of New Orleans themed “I’m Salty” (Matthew 5:13), (2) We will be taking our “Ladies of Desire” on their fourth college tour, and (3) will be taking our young men on their first Adventure camp in Tennessee. A Desire For Change also sponsors a Summer Track team that youth involved in our summer camp will compete for a chance to make it to the national championship in Detroit. Since 2010, Desire Fellowship and A Desire For Change has served more than 550 students through its summer programs, from KAA (Kids Across America) to Summer Day Camp. Our overall budget for all of the above Summer programs is about $10,000.00. Would you please consider making a gift towards this goal. We are so blessed to be able to continue these ministries to our kids and are only able to do so with the Lord’s help, your generous gifts and much needed prayers. Thanks in advance!
Oscar Brown~ Pastor