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VBS with United Bethel
July 16th, 2017
We've wrapped up two full weeks of VBS and lets be honest...we did not want it to end. The last day is always full of joy because these kids REALLY enjoyed it! Who wouldn't want a scenery of our awesome paper caves every day for two hours? Why on earth cant we do this every day? 😁 Ok! Lets not get over our heads.
For our second week of VBS we had an amazing youth group from Plain City, Ohio. That's actually also far far away according to our kiddos. These pictures are proof of how much our kids loved to have them as group leaders, helpers, and friends. They really seemed to enjoy their good vibes and bright attitudes. We can not get over the energy filled atmosphere, singing, and happy faces this place held during VBS. It's uplifting and really encouraging to see them in action.
Thanks United Bethel Mennonite Church for imprinting in our youths hearts the hope we get from Christ. We are very grateful for your visit to Phoenix and for all the much needed help you extended at our facility and community.
Do check out our Instagram or Facebook pages for videos on our VBS weeks.
A lot of planning and effort was put into our VBS. Dont miss out on great footage.
Thank you to all who participated and volunteered to make this years VBS so great!
|Thanks to Carle and Ann for putting all this together. You guys ROCK! |
- Blessings and growth over United Bethel Mennonite Church.
- Safety and a connection with God during Camp for our teens this week.
June 26th, 2017
As we wrap up our first week of VBS we are a bit exhausted. Exhausted and very sweaty....yes...sweaty do to an extremely hot summer week of 120 degrees that does our facility's swamp cooler NO justice. BUT!! Can you imagine how many hearts we have touched for Jesus all this week? Our little ones will remember this week as a fun enjoyable experience where they learned more about their creator. ALL WORTH IT 100%!!!
Planting those little seeds this week we were very fortunate to have a youth group from Dayspring Mennonite Church from a far far away land called Midland, Virginia. They were very engaging and amazing to watch as they connected with our kiddos. We can not thank them enough for their support, help, and caring hearts that lead them here. They made VBS TWICE more fun and gave us a special encouragement with their presence and energy. We are only sorry that they came out in the smacking middle of this heat wave. On the plus side.. they now know you can cook an egg on our side walks. Who's hungry?? Just kidding! Don't grab your plate!
It has been an amazing week and we couldn't be happier. Everything turned out for the good of our Lord. Extending our hearts out and putting in time, effort, and lots of sweat for the spiritual growth we long for our youth to mimic. We are thankful for our interns and volunteers who also helped extremely. We strive for generational transformation and this is a prime example of what it takes to get there.
|Whole group picture at the end of the night. |
|Group Radar. All kiddos stayed in the same group for the entire week. Nice way to get to know someone. |
|After coming off the bus everyone went to their groups. |
|Dayspring Mennonite Volunteers put on a daily skit. |
|Deep Bible Quest room filled kids with how God works. |
|Ice, water and vapor. Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. |
|You really have to be careful here. Dont want to fall in the ocean. |
|Kid Vid Cinema|
|Cool ways to hand over verse of the day.|
|It's safe to say that every one loved snack time. |
|Imagination Station was full of awesome crafts.|
|Spelunker Sports and Games|
|Kids got to teach Dayspring group their favorite super hero song.|
|On the way out. Kids loved the bridge.|
|A SUPER BIG THANKS to this group for coming out to PHX! |
- Blessings of safety over Dayspring Mennonite Church as they head home.
- For our volunteers to have a relax full week ahead and to get recharged for our next VBS the following week.
June 16th, 2017
It's been quite a few since you guys set your eyes on one of our blogs. The good news is that, here at Aim Right, we have been extremely busy. Here's a recap of what's been going on.
BBQ Dinner Fundraiser
We had a great time welcoming you all to our BBQ Dinner at Trinity Mennonite. This was a real spin on our traditional Spaghetti Dinner for this fundraiser but we are glad we went through with it. Can't express enough of how much we appreciate all of you who donated towards this event and all of you who came out for a bite to eat. Thank you for supporting our teens trip to Camp. Seeds will be planted for Jesus! We look forward to providing you all with updates and pictures of our campers as they take on this adventure.
Towards the end of the school year we like to treat our kids with fun water activities. What better way to spend the summer in these high and dry temperatures? The kids really enjoy it. Here we have our Kids Club group and Rec Center kiddos really having a blast!
We appreciate you!
Partnered with Unite Phoenix to serve our next door neighbors of Garfield Elementary. Teachers and Staff were welcome to come and enjoy a delicious lunch. Reaching out and showing them how much we appreciate them for their hard work and dedication trough out the year.
Newsletter Spring 2017
May 5th, 2017
We are centered in transforming our generations.
When you are in the business of helping others, CHANGE, can be a GOOD thing, specially when it comes to our generations.
Our programs have allowed us to engage with our youth, gain their trust and really show them the love of God. Watching them grow and decide to make a change through baptism is something very rewarding for us. We love to see them transform into into a Christ centered life! God is Good, All the time!
Get to know some of our youth by checking out our latest Newsletter, link below:
Community Dinner at Aim Right North!
April 23rd, 2017
Aim Right North has been around for a few years now. We have served the Sunny Slope Community spreading the Gospel and making an impact with the youth. With this comes loud evenings of fun activities. Pastor Chris King, volunteer, has organized a dinner for the families as a form of Thanks for allowing us to serve their community. Families surrounding Aim Right North were invited for burgers, sides, and yummy pies for dessert.
We are grateful these families have allowed us to get to know their children and placed their trust in us to create an imprint in their hearts with the love of Jesus.
Dinner is served! 🔔
THANK YOU SUNNY SLOPE COMMUNITY!
Guess who's taking over?
April 23rd, 2017
Now that we are missing Amy terribly, who will take over all her duties at Aim Right? ............. Robots! Just kidding! 😁 It's been quite some time now and it's time to introduce Stephanie Reed and Delia Cabrillas.
Stephanie is the Aim Right Directors wife, Caleb Reed. Since their move to Phoenix over 8 years ago she has been a huge aid to Aim Right. Not only is she a great mamma of two (Madison 7 and Carter 3) but she has done an incredible job taking on the position of the Event Coordinator. Not to mention anything that comes up that needs to be done, she's one to step up until the job is done. Is there a job title for that? We are wondering. In all, Stephanie is very conscientious with her duties and we are truly grateful that she has taken on the Office Manager's title. It just so happens that we took a trip into Steph's future in our time machine and it looks really bright! 😉 Steph! You will do amazing!
Now meet Delia Cabrillas. She started out as a teen with Aim Right over 14 years ago. Aim Right programs and attending church services with Crossroads Christian Fellowship really helped her to get to know Christ. Since then, she has served as a volunteer for Bible Study on Monday nights for a few years, as a Teen Camp counselor, and is now volunteering as a teacher for 5th-6th grade girls on their Wednesday night program called Kids Club. "Not just the Aim Right programs but also the staff has taught me a whole lot. They are truly God's hands and feet with a big heart for the ministry!" she said. Delia will be in the office helping out with what ever necessary along with anything Public Relations.
We are rooting for you girls!!
- Free time to get things done.
The Art of Pottery
March 27th, 2017
Our teen girls got to experience the art of pottery making with Phoenix Center for the Arts. Dora, Jessi and Paige made it out to our Aim Right downtown location through their Arizona Art Mobile van where they come to your own location and spread their knowledge on pottery making.
Dora taught the class on how to create a bowl out of air dry clay just like the Native Americans use to do it thousands of years ago. She instructed that no one should touch others pottery creations as we work because they are each uniquely made just like they should be. Not one looked the same but had their own particular style though we were all making the same thing. These bowls will be air dried and painted. They will not use them to contain any liquids for they where not glazed or baked but to use as jewelry bowls. In all, the girls had a great time learning a new skill.
Thank you Phoenix Center for the Arts for coming down to our Downtown location and providing a class to our teen girls.
|Thank you ladies for coming out!!!|
Community Night at Aim Right North
March 25th, 2017
Aim Right North had a great turn out for last nights Community Night. A lot of teens and kids come out here on Friday nights for a delicious meal and a place to hang out and have fun. They get to experience Gods love through the staff here. Thanks Aim Right North for your commitment to these kids.
|Enric going over the rules.|
|Prayer over food.|
|Food line because they are ready to eat.|
|Engaging with the teens can be fun. |
|Pastor Chris King on the Ravioli and Enric on the sauce.|
|Team work is best.|
|Look at those smiling faces.|
The food was THAT good!
|This looks fun!|
|Mykeila explaining the evenings craft.|
|Celery sticks as your paint brush. Why not! |
|Mobile barbershop L&M was here|
giving hair cuts at a low price.
|Cant have Community Night with out basketball.|
|Four Squares is one of their favorites.|
|Got to Tory for Kettle Corn!|
New Life Drama Company & Kids Club
March 24th, 2017
Not your regular Kids Club went down this past Wednesday. New Life Drama Company, a full time drama ministry, came to visit!!!! It was such a treat for these young ones to experience this amazing drama company with a HUGE purpose. We really mean HUGE!
They performed for us 5 skits that had us smiling, laughing and crying. Many little lives were touched through their powerful performances. They also provided support and prayer. It was amazing to watch them impact our kids in ways we couldn't. We know our kids are closer to knowing God a little more because of this fascinating team.
We are grateful for their commitment of spreading the Word of God through their gifts. Thank You New Life Drama Company for giving us a call do to a last minute cancellation, for following your hearts, and creating such beautiful and original skits for all to see. We appreciate you all and hope to see you all back here again soon.
|New Life Drama Company Team #2|
|Ro starting off the night.|
|Bella and Shelby honking for Jesus.|
|Amanda, Abby and Josiah showing how to be fearless. |
|Dillon and Abby showing us what not to do on the road! |
|Full attention mode and lots of laughing!! |
|Josiah meets Kailena "The Angel" who shows him the future. |
|Amanda and Dustin showing the kids Jesus died for us.|
Serious but impactful. Tears of sadness for Jesus was the outcome.
|They truly loved it! |
|Tostadas in the basement and getting to know this really cool team.|
- Please pray over NLDC as they travel for the next two months spreading the word of Jesus. Safe travels, transformation of lives, and for God to allow them to see the impact they have created.
- Please pray over our Kids Club youth and for these performances to imprint in their hearts and begin to create a positive change.
Pizza Party with Hillsong Church
March 19th, 2017
Saturday March 11th we had the privilege to partner up with Hillsong Church of Downtown Phoenix to throw a Pizza Party for our Kids Club Youth. It was an extra treat to have these kiddos come on a Saturday instead of our regular Wednesday nights. For this special party we had it set up with different stations.
We first met up in the sanctuary for worship. Singing songs that some of our regular kids know by heart, hand gestures & everything. We like to start Kids Club with worship songs hoping they would stick and someday hold a special place in their hearts.
We had a craft station. Our kids worked on creating a masterpiece with colored construction paper, ribbon and loads of glitter. Hands were sketched to create a beautiful flower growing from a pot. Simple and yet each so unique.
Kickball was also played as one of the stations to keep them active with a bit of fun!
There was also a water race game set up outside to where the kiddos had to soak a sponge in a bucket and squeeze water out to fill up a pitcher. Getting from the bucket to the pitcher was a sure challenge.
And last but not least the Pizza Station! There was pizza, chips and cupcakes and boy where they all Hungry!!
Thank you Hillsong Church of Downtown Phoenix for volunteering and making this a special day for our youth!
|Some but not all Hillsong Volunteers|
|Hillsong Volunteers getting craft station ready.|
March 6th, 2017
What a day to say how blessed we are! The day turned out to be a great success. We had a record breaking of 67 volunteers! Incredible! Thank you all for your volunteering hearts. We could of not done this with out you all!!
Unfortunately we did have a last minute Auctioneer cancellation two days before the Auction do to health reasons, we pray he's doing better.
Thank goodness for Stephanie, the Directors Wife, and her connections. She was able to contact old friends with this special talent to save the day. They drove down quite a long way to get here and we are so grateful they did. Glory to God alone because they happened to only have our auction weekend off with their busy schedule. 😊
Our 22nd Annual Benefit Auction really took a lot of hard work and long hours of preparing for it. We are truly thankful for our sponsors and donors who contributed to this event. We are also extremely grateful for all of you who came out and supported us because of the impact we have created with-in this community. Trust that we will make the most of your contributions to make a bigger impact to the at-risk-youth of Phoenix. Our hearts are in the right place and burning so bright to make this happen. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!!
March 3rd, 2017
Preparing everything for the big day tomorrow. We can not be more excited!
Come out and join us for our
22nd Annual Benefit Auction
Saturday, March 4th, 2017
Doors Open at 8:00 am
Auction Begins at 9:00 am
Quilts Begin Selling at 11:00 am
|Carle (intern) made a ton of handpainted pictures|
to be sold and they are completely stunning.
|We have about 67 volunteers for this years auction. |
Largest number yet.
|Chuck preparing the cheese.|
|Sharon making delicious macaroni salad.|
|Church floor ready for viewing.|
|So many beautiful quilts.|
|Branden aka BBB on cleaning duty.|
|Ann & Tory making tags while Caleb & Stephanie |
listing all quilts.
|Tents up and Kegan (way over there) with a |
leaf blower, cleaning up.
|More baked goods are expected the day of the Auction. |
Bring your sweet tooth!
|Tory and Carle preparing the garden plants and pots.|
|Roberta checking out the inventory. FYI She makes|
the very famous cinnamon rolls. It's only a tradition to eat one or two
at Auction every year!
|Chuck you rock!|
These are just a few of the things it takes to make this big event happen.
Please pray for our volunteers, good weather, new people and everything to go as planned.
See you soon!!!
Welcome Ivan & Mykeila!
February 11th, 2017
This past weekend we had the privilege to add to our Aim Right Family yet again!! We feel immensely blessed to have Ivan & Mykeila Beachy here with us from Ohio. They made the big move to Phoenix this past February 4th.
They first clicked with Aim Right while helping out with VBS in the summer of 2015. It was a trip that was meant to be with Grace Mennonite Youth Group that sadly got cancelled but Mykeila, Ivan & Ivan's sister managed to come out and help out getting to know the city's youth. They also got to experience Teen Camp in Dolores, Colorado for a week as counselors in June 2016. This is a very precious and God growing week the teens get to experience away from the city. It was also a great way for Ivan & Mykeila to get connected with teens and staff. They recently decided to move to Phoenix to grow in their faith and experience living in the city compared to the country where they are from. Such a bold move deserves recognition to God alone. For it is He who works in our hearts and leads them.
They will be connecting with our youth at our Aim Right North programs.
We are so thankful for their move and cant wait to see what God has in store for them.
Mykeila & Ivan at Teen Camp
Mykeila, Ivan, & baby Lantston at our
Down Town location during our Winter Jam!
No jackets required!
- Pray for God to help them find a church they both like.
- Pray for spiritual growth.
- Pray for good health for the 4 of them. 👶👶👨👩
Welcoming Joel and Ann!
February 3rd, 2017
Here at Aim Right we are full of joy and hyped to welcome Joel and Anndra Roby to the staff squad! How exciting is this??!! We are so pumped to know that God has blessed us with their help and presence to assist in the mission He has heavily placed in our hearts to follow.
The decision for them did not come easy tho. God tugged at their hearts and after many prayers from family and friends they chose to give in and come back to where it all started for them.
Joel and Ann met here in Phoenix through Aim Right. Joel had served as an Aim Right Intern 2009-2010 and decided to return and lend a hand with the ministry in 2013-2014 just in time to meet Ann. 💘 Ann, on a spontaneous decision, decided to move to Phoenix with a dear friend. Here she got affiliated with Aim Right through her friends Aunt and Uncle. Then one night after Kids Club they were able to introduce Ann to Joel at a near by Zoyos Yogurt spot. They later got to know each other a little more at a Staff Retreat in Payson, AZ.
Eventually they both moved back home and still kept in touch with each other. A long distance relationship lead to an engagement. 😍 After marriage God then led them to Ohio where He needed them to be. Caleb, Aim Right's Director, and his wife Stephanie happen to be in Ohio and were able to squeeze in a double date with the newly weds. Unknowingly after that double date God had planted a seed in Ann's heart when listening to what Caleb said Aim Right needed. She struggled with the fact that God was calling her to step up for Aim Right as the new Children's Ministry Director. That's a huge change God was asking her to do but after many intentional prayers for guidance and a sign... Caleb calls out of the blue. "I dont know if this is a shot in the dark" Caleb first said and asked if they would consider moving to Phoenix to fill the position & help out with Aim Right. WOW!! You cant deny that SIGN!! They eventually said YES and were blown away from all the support they received. How Amazing is our God!!
We couldn't be more blessed and grateful for their obedient hearts!
WELCOME JOEL & ANN!!
- Pray for God to lead them in the purchase of a permanent house or rent.
- Pray over insecurities and confidence in their rolls as new leaders.
- Pray that they continue to get settled.
- Pray for good health.
January 24th, 2017
On Monday the 16th we got to celebrate one of our dearest staff members and volunteers, Amy Unrau. She has been Aim Right's right hand as our Administrative Assistant along with many other job titles here for 12 years. Aside from being awesome, Amy, took care of all the financing, blogging, mailings, thank you letters, supplies, event prepping/booking, newsletters, graphic designing, kids ministry, and much much more! She has served wholehearted and it has been such a pleasure to of had her here with us.
With Gods guidance Amy has taken the plunge to move on to where Gods calling her. Tho it will truly be sad to not have her around as much as she was before we love that she is going to make an impact where God has directed her. Here's a bit of Amy's story...
Growing up in Oklahoma, since she was as young as she can remember, Amy always wanted to be a teacher. She was raised in a Christian home with her dad, mom, and brother raising beef cattle. As she got older in the back of her mind she knew she wanted to be of service to the Lord in some way or another. God then called her to sponsor a teen for Aim Right Camp one year and the gratitude from a Thank You note that camper gave her just touched her heart. It pushed her to intentionally pray for guidance in service. After many prayers God directed her to Aim Right's 1 year Intern program bringing her to Phoenix. Impacting youth who are outsiders to the Christian way of life with her kindness and love for others.
Here she became Aim Rights Administrative assistant soon after her internship ended. During these years here she heard God calling her as she helped during Aim Rights Tutor Program where volunteers would sit with kids from the neighborhood to help them with their homework. She often wondered why the kids were not learning at school. It sadden her heart and with a positive attitude she thought she needed to do something about it. Just like Peter when he saw Jesus-SHE DOVE IN and took the plunge! Amy has now been studying at Grand Canyon University since June 2015 on her road to becoming a TEACHER!! She will be graduating in May 3rd of this year!!
She was surprised!
Little Amy at 4 years old. Look at that adorable smile! :)
From the bottom of our hearts we are truly grateful for your amazing dedication and service you gave to this ministry. Amy!! You will be Missed!!!
Mark Your Calendars!
January 6th, 2017
Would you believe that preparations are underway for Aim Right's 22nd annual benefit auction? It is hard to believe that so many years of auctions has passed, but we are looking forward to another great sale. The longevity of this fundraiser is due to those of you who have supported the sale with your generous support over the years. Your word of mouth referrals and investment in the mission of reaching youth for Jesus is much appreciated!
Aim Right's annual benefit auction will be held Saturday, March 4.
Some of this year's auction items are already posted on our auction website,
and more will be added in the weeks to come. Aim Right is still accepting items for the sale and will be happy to coordinate a time for you to either drop off your items or go to your residence to pick up your items. Call the office at (602) 462-1987 for more information.
Below is a list of suggested auction items:
Handiwork - quilts, comforters, crochet, embroidery, baby blankets
Antiques - glassware, furniture, collectibles
Furniture - in good to great condition
Vintage or shabby chic items
Gift baskets or certificates
Plants and outdoor décor
A receipt will be provided for your donation of goods.
Carter was "helping" when photographing some auction items the other day. He won't be for sale, but he does add some fun and flair to the auction website!
December 23rd, 2016
December has been quite a busy month! Thankfully, we have had four hard-working interns to lead or help with various projects. Here are some of December's happenings in picture order as you'll see them below:
- Making candy bags.
I believe the goal was around 2,000, and I'm not sure if that was reached or not. Each one had a candy cane, chocolates and other candies, a gospel tract, and a flyer about Kids Club. Many were distributed at a huge Christmas event in collaboration with another local ministry, Crossroads Youth Intervention. Some were sent to children on an Indian reservation, and others were given to our Kids Club kiddos. You can see some more pictures on our Facebook page
of the candy operation and the CYI Christmas event. Aim Right had a donor specifically underwrite the candy bags, which was a HUGE blessing. It's not normal for Aim Right to devote quite that much $ to just buying candy!
-Minute-to-Win-it games at City Night. Let's just say that eating a donut on a string with no hands is probably harder than it looks. Lots of hilarity with those activities!
-Staff Christmas party. Kegan and Branden had their home all holiday-ed up and hosted the event. Caleb and Stephanie did a great job preparing a feast. Everyone came dressed as a Christmas carol. I'll let you try to guess the carols and put the answers at the end of the post.
-Kids Club Christmas play. Branden (aka Professor Wonder) coordinated a play for Kids Club, and various actors demonstrated the Christmas story from the Bible.
Carols #1, 2, 3, 4
A Movie, #5
And...a video. I have watched this several times. It not only makes me smile, but I think it is a much needed perspective this time of the year. Even if you wouldn't receive a single Christmas gift this year, you would still be extravagantly blessed, compared to how much of the world lives. If you had or have two parents who were or are active and involved in your life, you're blessed. If you felt safe, protected, and loved while you were growing up, you're blessed.
I recently attended a seminar about children who go through traumatic experiences such as abuse, neglect, and abandonment. Their number one need is to feel safe. They need somebody to trust who won't let them down. I think about the kids who come for Rec Center and then stay for hours afterwards, too. There are few boundaries for them at home, and probably not much safety there either, since boundaries usually foster safety. It is our prayer that those kids can feel a sense of safety at Aim Right, and we can point them to the One who is the Prince of Peace and an eternal refuge.
#1 - Santa Baby
#2 - Jingle Bells
#3 - Last Christmas
#4 - God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman
#5 - Who family from How the Grinch Stole Christmas
#6 - Silent Night
#7 - Jingle Bells
#8 - The Little Drummer Boy
#9 - Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer
Not an Ordinary Start
December 15th, 2016
I have a quote taped to my Rolodex that says: "A leader is a person who enters into the agony and the pain of the people of their time." That is reflected in the writing below, as Caleb shares some sobering encounters he has had recently.
By Caleb Reed:
What is ordinary? What is normal?
Yesterday was anything but that. I woke up to what I thought was going to be a typical day.
I had plans of writing this article (on a different topic), plans of working on goals and strategies for 2017, and maybe even swinging through Starbucks for a Christmas Blend Dark Roast.
Well, today has been far from ordinary.
Late last night, I received a message about a young man who overdosed and was sent to the hospital, not doing well at all.
This morning as I prepared my heart and mind for visiting him, I reflected on the past years of seeing this young man grow and mature.
I reflected on the time that he was awarded “Camper of the Week,” and how he had been setting the example for many young men and women to follow.
As I walked into the hospital room, I could tell he was surprised--surprised that I had come to visit, but thankful.
We had a good visit talking about the past, the present, and the future, and he said, “I got real lucky. This could have been a lot worse.”
There are a lot of lessons here to be learned by this young man, and my prayer is that he takes this as a wake up call and that we as the body of Christ can surround him and support him in his daily life.
Through visiting this young man, I learned of another young man who was shot over the weekend. This young man I have seen grow up and come in and out of the church.
As I learned more and found out that he was doing ok and the gunshot was not life threatening, I was able to breathe a sigh of relief.
can quickly see that this day has been anything but ordinary.
My heart has not been this heavy for a while, so today has been spent in prayer and conversation with God.
It has been spent reaching out to some young men who are heavy on my heart whom I know God has big plans for, but it takes them surrendering their lives completely to Him.
While visiting one young man today, I said, “It’s time to get things straightened out. I want to be able to visit you like this, face to face.
I don’t want to visit you in a hospital bed, behind bars, or worse. It's time to walk the straight and narrow.”
He agreed, and we spent our time talking about some exciting things in his future.
I share all this to open the door and let you as the reader see into some of the things we deal with while working in the inner-city.
Now more than ever, I feel in my heart and see with my eyes the need--the need for strong men and women of faith to step out and reach those who are hurting, those who are lost, those who are searching for direction in life.
We have a need, and it is not going away anytime soon. That need is a community that needs to experience the transforming power of JESUS.
Join myself and our team in prayer as we continue to reach the youth of our community!
Children's Museum Outing with Carle
December 12th, 2016
Hello! For those of you that don’t know me, my name is Carle Troyer, and as Amy mentioned in an earlier post, I just got here in November. Life here is very fast-paced, but thankfully I have adjusted well to being here. I know that this is exactly where He wants me!
One of my favorite things to do since being here has been the times that I have been able to do things with some of the kids outside of our normal programs. I was able to take Stefanie, Aleah, and Sienna all to the Children’s Museum one day. Since they had all three been there before, they were showing me all their favorite things to do. The museum has lots of fun things for kids to do. Most of the things we did were hands-on things.
This was at the top of the playground thing that had a boat and tub attached to it.
Everything was overhanging so they could look out and see everyone below.
Half-way through our time there we decided to get lunch at McDonald’s. Sienna asked me, “Do you know that we’re all sisters?” Me: “O, yeah, how come?” Sienna: “Because of Jesus we're all sisters.” It melted my heart. I think sometimes I forget how much these kids really do understand and retain what they are taught. I am thankful for these three girls and letting me get to know them more. It was so much fun spending time with them. It was a great day!
Pretending to plant and water flowers
December Mobile Pantry
December 8th, 2016
Most of the phone calls we receive at Aim Right these days are about our monthly food distribution. When I give out information about the time and place, I also tell the caller: "You will get a LOT of food!" You can tell which individuals are veteran Mobile Pantry folks from because they're the ones who brought rolling carts, storage tubs, and even toddlers along to help carry their goods. We have great help from several ladies in the community who volunteer; they help set up and hand out food, as well as sweep the parking lot, break down boxes, and wash tables afterwards.
On the "menu" today was:
Now for some pictures of the chilly morning and the Mobile Pantry...
Wildlife World Zoo Outing
December 7th, 2016
This post is by our intern Kegan Yoder. Thanks, Kegan!
On November 23rd, Aleisha and I took two children to the Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium in Litchfield, AZ. We have gotten to know these children through their participation in our Kids Club program, and wanted to do something special for them. Since they had never been to the zoo, we decided that spending an afternoon looking at animals could be both fun and educational.
While we found all aspects of the zoo exhibits to be interesting, major highlights from our day include the giraffe feeding station, aquarium, and walk-in aviary. At the giraffe exhibit the kids were too shy to hand-feed the giraffes themselves, but we all had fun watching other people do it. Since the kids had only seen giraffes in pictures, they were ecstatic about getting within hand’s reach of the creatures.
The aquarium provided another new experience for the kids. From sharks, to stingrays, to pufferfish, and many other creatures between, the aquarium was home to unique specimens that the kids had never seen before. They loved slowly walking through the aquarium and taking in all of the sights it had to offer.
My favorite part of the day was spending time in the walk-in aviary. When we entered the enclosed area, we held pieces of apples in our hands, attracting the parakeets to us. A couple perched on my arm, while one even made itself comfortable on one of the kid’s head! Aleisha and I thoroughly enjoyed showing the kids around the zoo, and it was made even more fun because it was their first time ever going.
2016 Bike Party
December 5th, 2016
Aim Right has been blessed to be able to invite children to Jimmy Walker's Bicycles for Kids
Christmas party for several years. Normally, Aim Right is given the opportunity to invite 5 boys and 5 girls. Well...this year, the party coordinator kept calling us with news about more openings for children. Our final tally? 19 children! Most of them are pictured below. It was awesome to have four interns, some teen leaders, Enric and Tory, Caleb and Stephanie, and Caleb's mom there so we could divide the children into groups of two or three and spread out to enjoy the festivities.
"Giant invades children's snow play land..." When I uploaded this picture of Caleb, I had to laugh out loud.
Do you spot the giant again?
Here's Jimmy Walker, the man behind the party (in the ball cap).
Can you find the Aim Right'ers in the two pictures below?
November 22nd, 2016
A few weeks ago, we welcomed another intern. Carle Troyer is from New Philadelphia, Ohio. We are so glad to have her here, and I know Aleisha appreciates having another female intern to serve alongside her.
Carle was initiated at her first Kids Club. I forget exactly what she was searching for in the whipped cream--perhaps M&M's?
What a great sport!
At the following week's Kids Club, Carle played the role of a sheep during the lesson about Psalm 23.
Professor Wonder and Ro had quite a time with the "dumb" sheep.
Carle also taught the 3rd and 4th grade class.
Here is a Q&A with Carle so you can learn a little more about her:
Why you decided to become an intern: God has been showing me why I'm here in this life (to show His love), and I knew that in coming out here, I was coming to a place with a lot of kids from broken homes.
Have you ever won anything? A Hula hoop contest a few years ago at a concert.
Hobbies & interests: Painting nails, being outside, warm weather. I also love painting/drawing and ice cream.
Person you admire: My mom, because we are a lot alike, and she has shown me how to love and have a servant's heart.
A highlight of the past year: Living in Michigan for two months. I got to see a lot of pretty places up north and work with some awesome kids.
Jobs you've had: Bakery sales, server, nail technician.
A memory from your flight to Phoenix: Most of it was listening to music on the plane, as it was dark. But the airline lady didn't charge me for my carryon because my check-in bag weighed 80 pounds!
Which do you feel more drawn to--children or teens? Both. That's why I'm here.
One thing you like about your home church [Grace Mennonite]: I like our kids programs we have. I miss my 5th & 6th grade girls Bible study and kindergarten Sunday School class.
If you could meet a famous person, whom would you like to meet? Jesus (well...one day). I would say Kyle Idleman. He's my favorite speaker.
You'd be excited to receive a gift card to: Amazon, Target, anything really. I like gifts, and I love cards.
Welcome, Carle! We'll keep the ice cream coming your way and can guarantee you'll get to experience plenty of warm weather!
Aim Right North Girls - Love and Pottery Painting
November 15th, 2016
Enjoy an update from Aleisha. about her Aim Right North girls' Bible study group...
Happy fall y'all! Sometimes its weird to think it's fall out here because of our weather. To be able to see some colors on the trees, you have to drive a couple of hours away. But something that has changed is how early it gets dark here. A little after 5:30 p.m. is when the sun is down; that means I try to plan more indoor things for my teen girls Bible study.
Lately it's been a little hard keeping the Bible study going because of the school sports my girls are in. They had basketball tryouts these past couple of weeks on Thursday nights. But the last two weeks we have been able to get together. We are still talking on the subject of love--how to love God and how to love each other. Every week I start off with a question for them, "How did you show love this week to someone?" Sometimes their answer will be, "I did the dishes for my mom," which is awesome! But this past week one of them told me, "I ate lunch with a girl at school who was sitting all alone because people don't like her." To see God working in them is awesome!
They also have been working on memorizing 1 Corinthians 13:4. Perhaps you know it? "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud."
They were able to tell me it by memory this last time. To see these girls starting from, "Why would we love someone that we don't like?" to "I sat with a girl at school because no one else was showing love to them," is God working in them!
I have a little over a month to spend time with them before I head on out. I continue to pray for them every day and pray that this little time I have left with them will be the start of a little seed that will one day grow into something beautiful.
L-R: Dani (Aleisha's friend visiting from out of town), Aleisha, Carle Troyer (our newest intern!), and two Aim Right North teens who are part of Aleisha's Bible study. They recently enjoyed an evening of painting pottery at As You Wish Pottery.
As Seen Around Here...
November 3rd, 2016
What's been happening over the past 7 days?
Kids Club - lesson led by Ro and Branden
Rec Center (today) - a rare rainy afternoon perfect for being inside
Rec Center (last week) - making funny faces outside
Teen Night - Ro talked about having balance in life, and the opening activities were quite hilarious -- balancing dice on a popsicle stick and stacking Ding Dongs on top of one's head.