The One Day with God camp changed my life! God called me to step outside of my comfort zone to serve as a Child Mentor, and I am so glad He did! There was something so special about witnessing God's love for everyone in that room. It was an indescribable feeling to see children building bonds with their fathers, fathers smiling to just have the precious gift of time with their children, and seeing God change lives in such a big way! God moved mountains that day. I saw grown men give their lives to Jesus, heard the laughter of children, and for one brief moment in time, life seemed to stand still for these families. Personally, I am a better person for having obeyed God's calling to serve in this area. The prison no longer seems like a scary taboo place, but a place where there is hurt and real pain. We as a community can encourage these families with service and prayer! This is the scripture that weighs on my heart as I reflect on that day! 1 Peter 4:10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to service others as faithful stewards of God's Grace in various forms. Melissa Sykes
One Day with God - Forgiven Ministries
Camps began with a vision of one day inside prison walls where parent and child could reconcile with one another and spend time together with God-anointed mentors working beside them. It is a divinely appointed time for both child and inmate in which both can experience the love of God and find forgiveness and reconciliation. if one child could have a Christ-centered Mom or Dad return home from prison, there would be a joyous change in that home forever, and it could change the path that child takes in life.
Special Skills: Willingness to serve, an open and caring heart. This program is very unique because it offers the opportunity for almost everyone to serve. Volunteers are needed in many areas ranging from helping with the Caregivers program and face painting for the children at the church or going inside the prion as a child mentor, serving lunch and snacks, crafts, staffing the prayer room, providing music, helping with games or being a floater to help where needed during the day. No matter where you are assigned to serve, you are sure to be blessed.
Time Commitment: A few minutes to complete and submit your Forgiven Ministry volunteer application and NCDPS background check form. Also 1 1/2 hour training session two days prior to the camp, and 8 hours on camp day.
Length of Commitment: Usually once a year for NUMC and Nash Correction. However, trained volunteers can volunteer at other locations in NC if they feel led to do so. A volunteer application and background check form is required for each additional camp you wish to volunteer for.
Training: Training is provided at the church the Thursday evening prior to the Saturday camp. You MUST attend training (provided by Forgiven Ministry) and pass a background check (conducted by NC Dept. of Public Safety) to be able to enter the prison.
Financial & Fundraising Commitment: Zero! If you feel led to, you can choose to sponsor a child for the camp with a tax-deductible donation to Forgiven Ministry. Donations are totally voluntary.
Organization Link: www.ForgivenMinistry.org
Contact: Elaine Beal