HIS Kids

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.

HIS Kids, HIS Vision, Missions, Partnerships

Exciting News!

Exciting News!

We are pleased to announce our newest project, Caribbean Service Corps (CSC). This service opportunity focuses on giving sight to the physically and spiritually blind through several short term and long term positions in Haiti and St. Thomas.

CSC is a new program for those looking to be interns/apprentices, journeymen, and servant leaders in either Haiti or St. Thomas. Positions include working in the eye clinic, health promotions, social media, film/video, finance, children’s ministry programs, sports ministry, maintenance, optometry, ophthalmic technicians, and administrative support in a Bible college. These roles are essential to the overall mission of the HIS Vision Project to eradicate needless blindness and visual impairment worldwide.

If you are interested in getting involved with Caribbean Service Corps in any way, click here and tell us how you’d like to get involved. The Lord can use your skills and passions in ways you could never imagine!

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Let’s Get Innovative!

Let's Get Innovative!

We are so excited to announce our 2nd annual Innovative Conference this April 10, 2014 from 7:00pm – 8:30pm! This will be located at Liberty University’s Snowflex.

The Innovative Conference is a time that allows you to discuss what is going on within our organization and how you can get involved in changing the world!

We believe every life has significance to God, and that not everyone is as fortunate as we may be. The simple gift of your time could be the sole catalyst in a person’s life that moves them on to doing great things, creating a contagious fever of change.

That is why we host the Innovative Conference each year, to get the word out that God is alive and moving and at work. This conference allows you to get involved by sharing ideas, hosting events, going on trips and being a part of what we are doing, regardless of financial commitment.

Come out to hear about ways in which you can serve the community and the world. We have several opportunities to serve locally through internships, CSER credit for students, volunteer staff positions, events, and craft or eyewear drives. We also have a number of upcoming mission trips and long-term mission positions in St. Thomas and Haiti.

This will be an inspiring evening, fueled by caffeine, chocolate and good ideas! Come learn about several ways you can get involved at H.I.S Ministry (Humbly I Serve) and The His Vision Project, with donations from the White Hart and CAO Chocolates.

As we all work together to create an eternal change through Christ, we would love to get you involved as well!

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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.

HIS Kids, HIS Vision, Missions

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

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

 

HIS Kids, Missions

Beyond the Beauty

Beyond the Beauty

If you were to ask anyone who has traveled to St. Thomas about their experience, they would describe it as paradise.

Most families travel to the Virgin Islands to capture memories through photos and experiences. Many travel here for vacationing including activities such as scuba diving, sailing, parasailing, anybody’s idea of “getting away”.

But for locals, it is much, much, different.

Many of the people who live on the island are limited in what they are able to do. Many children result in hazardous activities such as gang violence and drug abuse.

The Virgin Islands have an exceptionally high rate of juvenile violent crime arrests.

This is where you come in. We need your help.

HIS Kids provides the children of VI with a positive environment away from daily distractions and pressures to creatively evaluate their relationships with Christ through various camp activities integrated with Biblical principles.

JOIN WITH US.

-Serve as a camp counselor
-Host a craft drive to provide supplies for the camp to be productive
-If you cannot physically go, sponsor a camp counselor or a child in need to attend camp

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Want to Know More?

Want to Know More?

This Monday, October 21 from 6:30-7:30pm at West Lynchburg Baptist Church individuals are to present great opportunities that you can get involved in.

We will be speaking about the overall organization:

-where we’ve come from

-where we are now

-and where we are going.

Individuals from trips will be speaking and you will not want to miss out on their incredible stories! Special speaker Rachel Dunn will be present sharing her incredible story as she led VBS in St. Thomas last summer.

If you will be in town this will be an informational presentation that you do not want to miss. If you feel you have been called to support the organization in any way at all, you will be able to ask the individuals first-hand and receive further steps in how to have your dream to come to life.

If you are simply busy on Monday and cannot make time to come out, be sure to email marketing@humblyiserve.org for any questions.

We look forward to this opportunity and hope for the best!

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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.

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Back on U.S. Soil

The Humbly I Serve team has safely arrived back to the States. Here is a quick run down of our time spent on the mission field the past few weeks. The Humbly I Serve team first traveled to Tuna Puna, Trinidad where we teamed up with several missionaries to run a week long childrens program at Amazing Grace Baptist Church. Through visitation and word of mouth the amount of children attending nearly doubled. The children and teens that attended were excited to play games, sing, and learn more about God. We were thrilled to have such a large crowd show up and to have so many youth and parents volunteer their time. The final night was salvation night, and the craft was salvation bracelets. Over 80 children participated that night, and 12 children dedicated their lives to Christ. All of the coin offering collected went to help local missionaries.

Once we reached St. Thomas, the team was able to spend the first day at Botany Bay with the youth group from Grace Baptist Church. The youth played a crucial part in the week long ministry program. Several youth helped by being “crew leaders” and running registration. We had a successful week of introducing new songs, games, and Bible stories to the children. Over 70 children attended by the last night, and we were excited to give an iPod filled with christian songs to the child who brought the most visitors. 2 children were saved, and about half of the children that attended the program came to Sunday school the following week. We were also able to supply Grace with resources for more crafts, games and decorations to use in the future. All of the coin collection (over $400) from the week was able to help a local orphanage.