Our final meeting of the year for the Coalition for Children at Risk has been a picnic for the past several years. It’s always a good time to get together for a relaxing cook-out and a chance to further network with those working with children at risk.This year we had a smaller crowd but we still had 10 ministries represented. Our new friend Sergey, director of Teen Challenge, was only present at the beginning due to other commitments, but it was a pleasure to introduce him to the steering committee and the few early arrivals. He shared about his work with drug-addicted and alcoholic young people.
Viktor shared about his extreme camps that take place across this country, but also ropes courses and rock walls that his team can set up at orphanages or wherever for school-age children. Definitely not OSHA-approved, but certainly an interesting alternative for summer camps.
Jim gave some statistics on TB and HIV/AIDS and again handed out the universal precautions for those working at camps this summer. Rule #1: Treat every one as if they were contagious with a serious illness. Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Oh, and wash your hands.
The weather was glorious, the sausages were cooked to perfection, and the fellowship was sweet.
Thanks to all who worked so hard to make this a wonderful day!