Miles* left his home in the slums and lived on the streets froma young age. He sniffed glue and drank illicit brew and became addicted. He was arrested on several occasions and his life was in ruins. But his life was turned around when he heard what people were saying about him and he decided to change.

He met a Pastor who encouraged him – he learnt that he is made in God’s image and loved by his heavenly father. He learnt to stop despising himself and learnt to be comfortable and confident in his own skin.

Miles shared this moving testimony with the 56 teens that came to holiday camps last week. Miles’ testimony really got to the heart of what we wanted to share with the kids. No matter where you’re from, what your status is, what other people say about you or what you have been through in life – you are made in God’s image and you are loved. That knowledge made Miles live differently. It made him make better choices and live into the potential God had in store for him. That is our prayer for the children and teens we support.

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Guest speaker Pastor Munyambu did some brilliant interactive teaching on self-esteem and our TP Pastors supported the ongoing theme with teaching on other bible stories. Our teachers and social worker facilitated some excellent times of open-discussion where the teens got to ask all those questions they have been too embarrassed or shy to ask in the past. The questions were on a wide range of topics, not just drugs and alcohol but all kinds of issues and struggles they are experiencing.

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We balanced out tackling these difficult issues with loads of fun activities. Every day the teams competed in sports and dramas. The weather was perfect for enjoying the swimming pool every afternoon. On the final evening, all the teens and staff gathered around the campfire and shared jokes and stories and a few kids performed songs and raps.

We’re so grateful to everyone who contributed to making the camps happen. We had an excellent time and the kids went away encouraged. Oh and by the way, yellow team won.

*Name changed