We have had the privilege to host a couple of special programs this past month. It is always a blessing to have people come and run special program elements for us! It frees up our staff to be able to attend important conferences and meetings.
Mark Hawkins, from Hands on Deck, showed up with his handmade trunk of specialty wood-working tools earlier this month. Mark is passionate about wood, but his calling is to use that passion to minister to young people. His non-profit, Hands on Deck, is doing some great things in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Last year, he taught our students how to build a skin-on canoe. We have some great projects in mind for this year, but this month was the opportunity to learn some basic wood-working skills. Mark taught them to use carving knives to create their very own set of chopsticks! Although it was a small project, the guys enjoyed being out of regular classes and learning a specific skill. Mark did whet their appetite for what they will be working with later by starting a rustic, wooden bench. He will be coming back periodically this school year and continue teaching our students how to work with wood.
We also had seven students from Maranatha Baptist University come for a special weekend of ministry this past weekend. They organized a special night of activities for the students on Friday and worked with them on Saturday to rake the leaves on campus. What a job! We are so thankful for all that they poured into the program. We had the opportunity to treat them to some of Mark Massey’s deliciously grilled hamburgers and speak to them about our internship program that we offer at Victory Family Ministries. The interns are such a vital part of what we do. Opportunities to have men who are passionate about ministry and serving young men on-site is something we don’t take for granted. It is awesome to watch them see the ministry first-hand. It’s an experience that we just can’t bring with us when we go to different colleges to present the internship program. You can pray that God will work in these men and others with whom we are in contact. Whether they serve with us or go elsewhere, we want to see them going strong for the Lord! If you are interested in learning more about our internship, see our internship page at www.vafb.org/internship.
Program Director for WildHeart Adventure Camp