Partnership: Champions in Action
This July, Encounter Church of Palmyra will partner with Champions in Action as they run a top-notch soccer camp for over 100 boys, ages 11-13. Attending sports camps in the United States is quite common, but the storyline is much different for the children headed to camp with Champions in Action this summer. These campers come from poor, often violent neighborhoods filled with crime activity, and many grow-up in homes without a father. Sadly, statistics show that children in this type of environment are far more likely to fall into crime. Attending a Champions in Action soccer camp is the opportunity of a lifetime because camp is about so much more than soccer…camp is about connecting every camper to a Christian mentor from the same neighborhood.
All week at camp, mentors hang out with the campers, seizing opportunities to talk about Jesus. The mentors are intentional and committed, and when camp ends, their job is not finished. For at least one year, the mentors maintain weekly contact with their new mentees. Champions in Action believes that mentorship has the potential to change the trajectory of a child’s life, especially if a mentor connects a child to Jesus and the local church. Here at Encounter Church, we feel the same way…that’s why we’re partnering with this amazing organization this summer!