July was an eventful month! All hands were on deck for our first sponsored Teen's Camp, Recovery Bike Run, and Kids Camp, where we had the opportunity to continue the camps that previously were held by DayOne Ministries.
TEEN CAMP. On July 1st, Twenty-five teens joined NWN for an exciting time camping at Greene Hills Campground in Alexandria, PA. Camp Director Sharon Shock was joined by our Executive Director, Krista Knapp and her husband Jeremy Knapp (pastor and counselor) along with Franklin Morder (counselor). The theme was from the book of Genesis presenting Jesus as the Light of the world, and returning to His original design in the book of Genesis.
Each morning began with Bible study by the staff, who also were the cabin leaders for the teens, game enthusiasts, bon fire starters and part time cooks, who found out how much teenagers can eat! As Bible teachers these individuals brought the history of Creation to life, and most of all were great Christian examples for the teens. Each leader presented the gospel in their Bible lessons and their testimony. The teens enjoyed the Praise and Worship time and were involved in skits along with sharing their own testimonies.
Teens had breakthroughs with how to handle bullying by applying scripture, praying for the bully and replying with kind words. They were taught healthy ways of dealing with abuse and brokenness in the home. Boundaries were discussed, and the teens are learning that they are not at fault for some home situations and to keep praying for their parents. The young ladies and guys were given the purity message and how they don't need to accept the world's definition of beauty. The teens have come to know that the Lord doesn't make junk. They learned to respect their bodies as temples of the Lord, and He gives everyone free will, to choose Him or not, to sin or not, it is a choice. Some of the teens chose Jesus as their Lord and Savior, and for that we give God all the glory!
RECOVERY BIKE RUN. On July 21st, we held our first annual Recovery Bike Run. Although the forecast was against us, we had a great ride with no rain gear required! We had 23 registered for the Run, and the riders enjoyed a 109 mile scenic run through four counties. We were hosted by the Roundhouse Harley Davidson shop in Duncansville, and ventured up through Cresson to Sir Barney's restaurant in Flinton. The next stop on this "dice run" was Gio's in Woodland, where the riders enjoyed the award winning barbeque pork for a snack. Joe Dennis lead the ride, he then headed to Snappy's in the Bald Eagle area. The Run ended at New Life Worship Center, where the riders had a chicken dinner with all the sides, provided by our volunteers, "Friends of N.E.W.S. Worthy Network" and others. Prizes were provided for the riders and a raffle was held for prizes donated. The ride was also sponsored by each of the stops along with the following: Dixon Farms of Tyrone, Shannon's Pro-Clean, III-D Plumbing and Heating, Steve Seltzer Powersports and Keystone Connect. We made over $750.00 for the Run and look forward to making next years even better.
Recovery Bike Run Tee Shirts available. We have a limited amount of Tee Shirts available for sale, in sizes Medium, Large and Extra Large. Please contact Kathy Rhodes if interested in purchasing a shirt for $7.50
KID'S DAY CAMP. The week of July 23rd was a fun packed week for children in grades 1 through 6, where Kid's Day Camp was held at the Altoona Alliance Church. Children arrived at 9:00am and started their day with a Bible lesson based on their theme "In the beginning God created the heaven and earth." in the book of Genesis. Sharon Shock, N.E.W.S. Worthy Network's Camp Director was accompanied by the Child Evangelism Fellowship team and some volunteers, who worked with the youth providing teachings and activities throughout the week. The camp ended at 3:00pm each day.
On Monday, the children were indoors, involved in crafts, games and teachings. On Tuesday, the youth were bussed to the Bellwood public pool for a picnic lunch and hours of swimming fun, they visited a dairy farm in Martinsburg, where the children found out where dairy products came from and even experienced milking a cow. The field visit on Thursday took them to the Tyrone Park where they had a picnic lunch and an afternoon of swimming. Friday was a wonderful time of games, crafts and activities that was celebrated with lunch from McDonald's. The youth were challenged to memorize the scripture verse of the day, and to apply God's word to their lives! Special thanks to New Life and Trans4mation Churches who make the transportation possible.
Update on the Faith Foundation Home. Measurements taken, drawings are being worked. The City is giving us the go ahead to start replacing the roof, and we hope to be starting in a couple weeks, weather permitting. We have been visited by Operation Our Town committee members to share our vision and see how it lines up with their vision for Altoona. We have gotten a quote for the window replacement, and will have them replaced when the contractor will be putting on the new siding, after the building permit is acquired.
We are so grateful for our volunteers! The house is a labor of love, and we can't wait to see how the Lord is going to transform it before our eyes. Please keep this project in prayer! If you or your organization would like to volunteer at the house, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org We always have room for more Friends!
Thank You to all our Friends of NEWS Worthy Network!