Our focus on connecting resources to needs allows us to reach deep in the communities we serve with strategic ministry efforts. With three back-to-back hurricanes, CSM has been deeply involved in disaster relief while also continuing to create lasting change by bringing healthy living, educational advancement, improved homeownership and spiritual formation to Birmingham. Lasting change impacts communities for generations which is why CSM is heavily investing in kids, families, and education.
This summer, we mobilized 10 interns to kick off two new local camps with partner churches. Tutoring, additional educational opportunities, mentoring, and meals are ways the camps impact the lives of vulnerable children. Through our community gardens and garden center, we teach kids about nutrition, science, gardening, and even how to build hydroponic systems! Our campus is host to hundreds of students who volunteer and learn how CSM assists the Church in Birmingham to effectively minister to those in need.
”Tutoring, additional educational opportunities, mentoring, and meals are ways the camps impact the lives of vulnerable children.
For the last 26 years, Tracy has organized city-wide trips to Kids Across America (KAA) in Missouri so that youth who would typically never be able to attend a world-class Christian camp can have a life-changing camp experience. This annual KAA trip has become an integral CSM outreach to the communities we serve. Deedee went to KAA on a trip Tracy led in 1991, and then attended KAA as a chaperone this past summer with her daughter Samone and two bus loads of kids from Birmingham! Deedee’s life had been profoundly impacted at KAA camp, and was blessed to see her daughter experience the same thing sixteen years later.
A long-standing and memorable tradition at KAA is the large bell that is only and loudly rung when a camper wants everyone to know that they have made a decision for Christ. That bell was ringing so loudly this year, the angels could hear from heaven! To know that our ministry of connecting resources (in this case, camp fees, paperwork, chaperons, and charter buses from Birmingham to Branson, MO) to needs (in this case, kids from under-resourced communities where we serve with our strategic partner churches) is impacting generations for eternity gives us the confidence to ask you to join with us.
Investing in the educational and physical health of our youth is transformative. Our volunteers and donors are making a profound impact with lasting change for generations. We can do all this because of God’s grace and your commitment to invest in CSM.