Students Serve at Chicago Alive Youth Camp
Tuesday, 27 July 2010
Several Trinity students and recent alumni spent part of their summer helping youth in Chicago.
While at Trinity, Marisol Miron ’10 of Chicago, felt called by God to work with youth and worked closely with inner city students during her student teaching. That experience inspired her to participate in this summer’s Chicago Alive Youth Camp with fellow Trinity students.
For more than 20 years, the camp has been offering inner city kids a camp experience led by people like Miron, who share the gospel through building relationships and sharing testimonies with campers. Counselors participated in spiritual training and teamwork building workshops prior to the beginning of the camp. During the training, counselors shared their faith with each other and used the time to draw closer to God. They also raised money individually for the ministry.
Miron said, “I learned that being a Christian is about sharing God’s love with others. It is not always about preaching theology but about establishing relationships and providing others with a sense of acceptance.”
Fellow Trinity student Melisa Rodriguez ’12 of Villa Park, Illinois, served as a counselor for the younger children. “The camp is a place where kids and teenagers find hope. It is a place where they are taught that there is another way to life and that way is Jesus. It is a place where they find love and where they learn that their future is not determined by what surrounds them, but rather by what God can do with their futures if they let him.”