HIS Kids

New Basketball Court Coming to St. Thomas!

“If there is basketball, I’ll be at camp every morning right on time… even early,” previous camper Jaquane said.

The one thing the kids at Seaside Adventure Camp love is basketball! The court is a place of competition, team building and a place where they can be a star!

“I love basketball! I am going to play in the NBA and help take care of my mom and sisters,” Jaquane explained. After his mom was diagnosed with cancer, Jaquane was determined to help provide for his mom and family needs. Right now, the 12-year-old cuts grass to help raise money to go to camp and help provide for his family. He and his sisters even share basketball shoes because they cannot buy two pairs.

Jaquane is currently saving up to buy a pair of Lebron’s, to help him prepare for the NBA.

Last year, the Sherwin family expressed interest in serving with Humbly I Serve (HIS) in a service project way. After discussion and seeing the needs for positive activities for kids the Sherwin and Lucas families signed up with Humbly I Serve to take on a much-needed basketball court project!

This court will be placed at Grace Baptist Church in the Fortuna community that HIS has been working in for five years.

Together, the families make the perfect team; the Sherwin’s have had experience in pouring concrete from previous missions trips and Ethan Lucas has worked multiple jobs in construction. They are excited to be able to use their past experiences to help expand the Humbly I Serve programs in St. Thomas!

This court will mean more than just fun for the kids. This project will enable Grace Baptist to have even more resources to reach out to kids throughout the year. Humbly I Serve is excited to offer sports outreach and youth ministry internships in conjunction with Grace Baptist Church starting this summer. These internships are in St. Thomas and last between six weeks to four months. Students will have the opportunity to make an impact in the lives of kids like Jaquane.

“We know Melinda personally and her heart for the kids of St. Thomas. This is something we want to be a part of. We want to impact the kids even though we can’t be there for camp,” Rene Sherwin said.

The team’s goal is to pour the concrete, paint the lines, and set up the hoops-all in one week! Youth outreach is one of Humbly I Serve’s focuses and since both families are involved in youth ministry here in the states, they understand the importance of impacting the younger generations.These families have captured the vision for long term relationship building and want to enable Humbly I Serve and Grace Baptist Church to make an even greater impact throughout the year.

“We love that HIS reaches people in a practical way to meet their spiritual needs,” Rene Sherwin said. “HIS has also made it easy to be a part of their organization and since we love what they do, we want to do anything we can to help spread the Gospel.”

The Sherwins and the Lucas’s leave June 8 for their week of impact! Pray for funding, supplies and safety as they prepare and go! This trip will give children in the Fortuna area the opportunity to be involved in sports, but they also spend time in a Christ centered environment.

If you would like to donate to the basketball court project, please click HERE. If you are interested in serving in St. Thomas long or short term, click HERE for our Caribbean Service Corps information.

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Melinda and Haley’s St. Thomas Adventures

Thankyou picThe month of March was exciting, overwhelming at times, testing, and a blessing to Humbly I Serve’s Chief Officer Melinda Wilson and Senior Director Haley Barker! Starting on March 11, Melinda and Haley flew to St. Thomas in the Caribbean and covered a lot of ground during the following 10 days or so. We were so excited to welcome them back to the U.S. and hear about all that happened during their trip. From fundraising to meeting with organizations to catching up with past campers, it has a been a wild ride and we could not wait to tell our followers all about it!

With Seaside Adventure Camp just a couple months away now, Melinda and Haley did all they could to prepare for the upcoming two weeks of fun, sun, and Jesus with the kids of St. Thomas. They completed a lot of necessary marketing, fundraising and the overall framework for camp. They met with several sponsors and organizations such as Blue Water Bible College, Grace Baptist Church, Best Western, Frenchman’s Reef, Senior Frog, and WALA Paintball among others.

We are thrilled and thankful to announce several donations and partnerships such as the following:

  • Senior Frogz is offering their pool, volleyball court and lunch for a day
  • West Indies Co. is donating juice, soda and water
  • Best Western Emerald Beach is partnering with us for a beach day
  • the Virgin Islands Council on the Arts has awarded us a grant
  • Caribbean Buzz Helicopter
  • Seven Seas Corporation, Quantico Consulting Services, Spartan Concrete made generous donations
  • Marriott Frenchman’s Reef – the Cove is holding a fundraiser to help support campers who may need financial help to attend camp

Melinda and Haley were also able to reconnect with a previous camper named Jacquian, who had invited them to his basketball game. As they spent the evening with jacquian, he could not stop talking about last year’s camp and how he hopes to come again this year. His improvement in school and among his peers since last year was an incredible testimony to Melinda and Haley. They were so happy to catch up with him and see how well he was doing.IMG_3205

Overall, Melinda and Haley’s trip was a great success and the team is grateful for these new partnerships as well as the continuous support in the Virgin Islands. Melinda and Haley want to extend a warm-hearted thank you to everyone in St. Thomas that donated items, sponsored and partnered with us. Although things are beginning to come together for Seaside, there is still so much to be done. We still have spots open for male camp counselors and we are also seeking camper sponsorships. For only $85, you can sponsor a child to come to camp for two weeks and give him or her an adventure of a lifetime. Finally, we are in need of many crafts and are looking for people, churches, businesses and organizations to host a craft drive. For any more information about Seaside Adventure Camp, our organization or to sponsor a child, visit our website.

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The Journey of Kyle Milligan

The Journey of Kyle Milligan

Kyle Milligan is a Liberty University student who is studying Advertising and Public Relations. Clothed with such a big personality, her professor noticed her and referred her to Humbly I Serve! The LU professor thought she and Humbly I Serve’s Business Development Director, Haley Collins would get along great. Although Kyle didn’t know much about the organization, she took a leap of faith and met with Haley.

She immediately felt a connection with Humbly I Serve, specifically the project HIS Kids that offers positions with our Seaside Adventures Camp in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Because of her love for missions, camp counseling, and St. Thomas, V.I. joining with this project was the perfect fit.

Of course, journeying to an island, even though it is part of the U.S., there is bound to be some surprises. She describes the most difficult part of her journey as being unprepared for the many cultural differences. She had to really rely and trust in the Lord to appropriately respond to the campers and their parents.

She is changed forever.

She immediately fell in love with the children she met and each has made an impact on her life forever. She has a connection with the children and talks to many weekly. She hadn’t even landed in her home country before she knew God was calling her to be involved in long term missions.

Kyle talks about Abel:

When asked what experience she will never forget, there was no hesitation on her part.

“Oh, there is no competition that the kid who forever changed my life was Abel. Abel is a 15 year old boy with an amazing story. Abel was always the kid acting up and getting into trouble during camp, but he is an incredible boy. Abel is the oldest of 3 children. He and his two siblings John and Sarah lost their parents when they were very young. Instead of going into Foster Care, their aunt in St Thomas decided to adopt them. They live in a tiny house with 6 other kids and many times have to go beg for money in the street to buy food. You would never know any of this just by talking to Abel, he is one of the funniest and most caring kids I’ve ever met. He wants to be best friends with everyone and after that friendship is made, he will always have your back. I only discovered Abel’s story after sitting down and having a serious 20 minute conversation with him that changed my life forever. “How could a kid who has lost everything still have so much joy”?

Kyle has a huge burden to help people and is filled with joy she simply cannot contain in ministering with us in St. Thomas, V.I.

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Join Us as We Go

Feeling like you are ready for a break away from monotonous?
Feeling like you are ready to experience something different?
Feeling like you are ready to travel to a new land?
Feeling like you are ready to join with others to change the world?

JOIN US AS WE GO.

We cannot change the world on our own.

Upcoming Trips:

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Haiti 2014 Trip Dates:

January 6-15
May 12-21
October 6-15

Info@hisvisionproject.org

» www.hisvisionproject.com

 

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St. Thomas Trip Dates:

June 9-22
June 18-July 6

haley@humblyiserve.org

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These are going to be trips filled with incredible miracles that you do NOT want to miss out on.

 

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Who is Josiah Johnson?

Who is Josiah Johnson?

He is a speech communications major at Liberty University and Communications Intern at Humbly I Serve!

Through his time at Humbly I Serve thus far, Josiah has learned an astronomic amount about himself, his career field, and nonprofit organizations.

 

Himself:

Josiah strives to one day be the voice of a cartoon character. He has doubt telling himself he can’t, but hey someone has to do it!

He aspires to be Mel Blanc who is the voice of the characters we love from Looney Toons, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety Bird, and Roger Rabbit.

Working at Humbly I Serve has allowed him to realize that dream is attainable and no longer something far fetched.

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This is Mel Blanc. See the similarities?

 

Career Field:

Josiah has learned how to work in groups and to put together campaigns, which is essential in any workforce!

Along with that, his writing skills have improved significantly through his use of professional emails.

He has received opportunities to give presentations about Humbly I Serve and to get the community on board.

 

Nonprofit Organizations:

Josiah mentions his nonprofit experience and says, “I learned how grassroots fundraising works on a day-to-day basis and the inner workings of a nonprofit. It is an eye opening experience working with an organization that relies on the Lord to provide for them. I had the opportunity to see the Lord provide in small ways in my projects. Each day we have two designated prayer times. I loved seeing how the Lord answered requests from day to day. Interning with Humbly I Serve taught me how to build good relationships with donors, staff and trip participants. I am so happy I had the chance to work so hard and gain valuable experience with a nonprofit.”

Interested in interning with us? We have positions available in an array of fields for Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters!

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A Guest Post by Jennifer Kujawski

A Guest Post by Jennifer Kujawski

There is no price to be put on experience, nor any adequate words to describe its importance to your life. All the money and things in the world come nowhere near the value of having your view of the world expanded.

In one word, St.Thomas was “unexpected.”

It had been a last minute decision for me. I had heard about the trip from Liberty University but casted it aside as I didn’t have the money. The thought crossed my mind, but I supposed what God wanted to be would be.

A woman from Humbly I Serve came and spoke to my church The Kirk in Lynchburg, asking for supplies and for counselors. I felt a tug on my heart, but I knew being a college student, balancing so much financially as it was, I couldn’t do it. I remember sitting in the congregation telling God simply that if He wanted me to go, He would have to provide the money.

Ironically the day after I got back home, I went to visit someone I hadn’t seen in a while, and out of nowhere I was telling her of the St.Thomas Camp, and needing 2,000 dollars. I had no idea where it came from, but what happened next surprised me even more.

“I can give you that.”

And with those five words I saw God’s provision and was on my way to getting ready for St.Thomas.

We often hear of God providing incredible things to people in the Bible, and in devotionals, so to see Him work in my everyday challenges and needs was awe-inducing.

Of the whole trip, the memory that sticks out most is the last night when the pastor in charge of the whole program on the island came up and spoke to us counselors. At this point, we were all worn down to exhaustion, and sick, and to be entirely honest, discouraged, but what he told us made it all worth it. I had spent the whole time wondering if we had made any difference at all, and as he went on to tell of of all that had happened, how it had truly impacted the kids even though we may not have seen it, I knew it was worth it. His enthusiasm and energy about the turnout, and the overall excitement as he spoke brought it into perspective that none of our efforts were in vain. It was a physical, emotional, and spiritual struggle, but God used that for something good and to touch the lives of children that may otherwise not be noticed, and appreciated for the worth they hold. It reminded me that serving isn’t always about feeling good, but using everything God has given you, as imperfect as you are, to make an incredible difference.

It taught me how present emotions don’t impact God’s power and ability to do incredible things in any the situation. And unlike other mission trips where you leave and are done, as soon as I stepped off the island, my Facebook account was flooded with friend requests from campers, which ultimately made me knew it was worth it.

My joy was not in that I had increased the number of people I knew, but that despite my shortcomings, these children still wanted to be my friend and keep in contact, and that means more than anything in the world to me.

In St. Thomas, God allowed me to meet some incredible people, and I am so blessed to have been able to volunteer with the other counselors there. I have so much respect for every single person that worked there, and I know each one of them are the reason the camp made the impact it did.