Church members are helping their community in the best way they know how ...by helping the neighborhood children.
These kids are having a great time singing, dancing, playing and praying this summer at Mount Olive Christian Church.
“I don't have to stay home and be bored or look at TV all the time. This program is really active and I’m glad I’m here,” said camper Dae’sha Dale.
“We have always focused on the young generation because we are very aware that they are the next generation and they are very precious,” said Church Pastor Debra Beyah.
The kids in this community may need church assistance more than others.
They are considered "at-risk" children largely because of their families' economic standing.
“This area was already probably in a recession before the country went into a recession. We bought into this area for that purpose because we wanted to make a difference in the community,” Said Beyah.
“The program almost had to close its doors due to lack of funding a few weeks back. Thanks to a supportive community they didn't have to,” said reporter Danielle Eldredge.
“The community got on board and they sent donations that allowed us to not only be able to feed them but also open the doors for 100 children next year for summer program, “said Beyah.
“So that was so rewarding to me. To see that they were praying...asking God to continue...how dare me represent Jesus and give up on them,” said Beyah.
Beyah hopes the summer program can continue into the fall as an after-school program.
She says the kids need more positive reinforcement in their lives.