Thank you, Prestonwood Baptist Church!

This week, Prestonwood Baptist Church sent over 200 high schoolers, all of whom are part of their high school choir, to come along side of ministries across the city and co-labor with them for a week. At the end of each day, the whole group performed in various locations in DC and VA. The large group was broken into smaller groups called famlies, and we had the privilege of having “Family 3” spend their week at DayBreak.

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Family 3 was led by Buddy, Laurie and Jordon who were amazing! They mobilized their family to both paint part of our building and assist with our summer program. Youth plugged into our summer camp by assisting the teachers and interns as needed. The kids loved having guests this week and the opportunity to have additional individuals with whom they were able to laugh, learn and play.
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The halls and stairwell of our building received a fresh coat of white paint. This is the start to a project we plan to have finished by the time the kids return for the after school program. In the beginning of August, our goal is to have one or two artists come and add color to the walls through a mural and different scripture. We cannot wait for the finished product!

Prestonwood High School Choir, thank you for blessing us this week and for being so kind and selfless in the way that you served. We are thankful for you all!

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We love our volunteers!

On Monday night, we as staff had the opportunity to celebrate the volunteers in our mentoring, after school and reading partner programs. They are the heartbeat of the daily programming that goes on throughout the year, and we could not do what we do without them!

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Ebenezer’s Coffee House proved to be the perfect venue while B.Lin Catering served a delicious dinner.

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One of the highlights of the evening was giving out awards. Staff had selected individuals who we thought to be deserving of awards such as “Volunteer of the Year”, “Servant Leader” and “Extra Mile”, among others. It was yet another way in which we chose to show how much we love and appreciate our volunteers.

Our friend Steve Park, the founder and executive director of Little Lights, spoke and encouraged us all to persevere in the work God has called us to do at DayBreak, remembering that we are the hands of feet of Christ. We are so thankful that Steve graciously took time to be a part of the dinner.

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We feel so blessed and encouraged by the individuals God has sent to co-labor with us in sharing the gospel while nurturing children and strengthening families. We are looking forward to seeing our volunteer family grow, allowing us to reach more and more children and families in the Lincoln Heights community.

Summer Camp: Week 2 highlights!

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Week 2 of summer camp was a success! As a staff, God has confirmed that the theme of peacemaking is so fitting as the kids are often faced with situations in which they have to choose to be a peacemaker or a peacebreaker. It’s been encouraging to see those kids who are choosing to keep the peace and who are also encouraging their peers to be peacemakers.

During week 2, the 3rd-5th graders went on a field trip to the Discovery Theater. It has wonderful, interactive performances and over the last few years, it has become a field trip that we ensure is on the summer schedule for each group.

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The kids loved seeing Christylez Bacon, the Human Beatbox, as he’s called, tell stories using different instruments and oral percussion. He engaged the audience, was very friendly and even jumped in for a group picture!

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At the end of each day, different play options are available for the kids that allow them to do things like play board games, throw the football or simply use their imagination. This week, one of the days including fun with play-doh while another day children got to make their own structure using popsicle sticks. It’s so much fun to see the kids simply have fun and work so intently on their own little creation. We are thankful for the amazing space at Aiton Elementary that allows for us to do a host of activities with the children.

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