Revive is very thankful for the service of Melissa Manske in heading up the ministry at the Bridgeton Villas. She has done a fabulous job working together with the various churches to provide the Sunday afternoon activities for the children. We are looking forward to another summer of programming and relationship development with the children and their families. It is our prayer that we will be able to have a month-long summer program this year. We are looking for an intern from one of our local churches to help us this summer to coordinate things and be an on-site help to the churches each week. We are also looking at the possibility of starting a small soccer league for the children there. We would be looking for churches to sponsor a team by providing for the cost of T-shirts and then helping to provide coaches as well. We would love to engage parents through this as well! Please let us know if you are interested!
Things continue to progress with this project. In January, we received the great news that a national organization, KaBoom!, awarded RSJ with a grant for $15,000 for playground equipment. We are currently working to raise the $9,000 in local support needed to trigger that grant and are about half-way to that goal. We plan to have a community build to install the playground equipment on May 29 and 30 and are looking for volunteers to help this weekend with the effort. We will need laborers to help with construction and others to help with activities that will be done with the children from the community and their families. We are also working to finish the community building located on-site and will hopefully be finishing that around the same time as the equipment install. We are working to find local churches who will be willing to come provide a similar ministry to what we already are doing at the Bridgeton Villas at this location once construction is complete.