21 Days, 21 Ways to Change the World
“There's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” - Scott Adams
When we consider all that took place at Lakeview Camp in the month of December, Scott Adams' quote forms our prayer - that through our willingness to come alongside BCFS in caring for immigrant youth, God will create ripples that reach into eternity.
It was 21 days, but the effects of those days are undoubtedly immeasurable. We know that many of you were standing right there beside us, offering your prayers, your help, and your resources. To name every person, gift, or act of service would be impossible, but we'd love for you to know at least these 21.
1. LV staff led the BCFS youth in games and programming.
2. Haircut day! Thanks to friends and community connections, haircuts were given and nails were done!
3. We hosted soccer day with Jason Exley, Coach Clem (SAGU soccer), and FC Dallas player Moises Hernandez.
4. Thanks to the donations of churches and individuals, each teenager received a cinch bag filled with a grey fleece jacket, stadium blanket, socks, cap (guys), and hair accessories (girls) for Christmas.
5. We provided three Sunday services with John Cruz of Northplace Church and Josh Rivera of Iglesia Fuego De Dios.
6. We offered daily Zumba and aerobics with Carli Carpenter.
7. Christmas pastries were provided by El Rancho supermarkets.
8. Movie night with popcorn and cokes was a hit!
9. Carolers from Maypearl Cowboy Church sang for the immigrant youth.
10. Life Church of Midlothian provided dining hall help and prepared Christmas gifts.
11. Community connections were strengthened with many Waxahachie and Maypearl city officials.
12. We developed new and positive connections with federal and state officials.
13. As we embraced the opportunity to play a part in helping young lives invest in generations to come, God blessed Lakeview with broad exposure.
14. Financial prayers were answered as the camp was occupied through the month of December, which is a typically slow time in the camp and retreat industry.
15. What a great missions opportunity! We were able to take the gospel to the world, right here at Lakeview.
16. We developed a strong relationship with BCFS, whose staff called Lakeview, "The gold standard for this kind of operation," and gave high praise for our hospitality, compatibility, unity, and facilities.
17. We shared God’s love by example throughout Ellis county, the DFW metroplex and all of North Texas.
18. Lakeview received positive feedback from the Waxahachie Daily Light, Dallas Morning News, TV stations, and various other media.
19. In connection with our very own Amplify Winter Camp, Roy Cervantes and his band led worship, and Roy Cervantes, Sr. spoke to the immigrant youth at chapel (all without a translator!)
20. Numerous volunteers and donors from local churches gave of their time and resources.
21. Young immigrants will never forget the love and compassion that Lakeview shared as they start their new lives in America.