A2E is a strategic and holistic urban outreach initiative of the Michigan District, LCMS, created to bring help to challenging communities in our state such as Detroit, Pontiac, Flint, and Benton Harbor. One of the ways in which A2E reaches out into the community is through its annual Sports Camps/VBS. These programs provide urban children with a week of activities in a safe and caring environment, including a nutritious meal.
Some of the kids in attendance come from very stable homes with a mom and a dad, some from single-parent homes, and some from the foster care community. According to Rev. Bodley, the Sports Camp/VBS director, many of the kids already have been introduced to Jesus but their families do not attend church. The camp offers them a glimpse into what a caring community looks like, and what it feels like to be in an environment where they are loved unconditionally. Click here to meet some of the campers from 2016.
This year, as part of the 500th Lutheran Reformation anniversary, A2E Sports Camp/VBS has been chosen as the Hearts for Jesus recipient through the Michigan District’s Here We Stand campaign. To learn more, or to donate, click here.