5. December 18, 2014 ~ Jerusalem Ministry’s Camps
Again this year, KKOOM had the opportunity to support Jerusalem Ministry’s soccer and arts camps for at-risk children living in Seoul area children’s homes.
The soccer camp was held in early August. Over 50 boys from 9 different children homes across Seoul attended, along with 48 committed volunteers. For three days, they met on the soccer field at Yongsan Army Base. The boys were split into four teams and went through practice/teamwork drills in the morning and then had scrimmages in the afternoon.
More than anything, what the boys really received during the three days was strong love, encouragement, and healthy attention from all the adult volunteers. The volunteers made the atmosphere safe so that the boys, despite being from so many different homes and having such difficult pasts, were able to connect well with each other and have fun. By the end of the camp, some of the boys were fighting tears because it was over. Others were holding tightly to their team pictures, which each boy received to help them remember the camp. Some of the 6th graders said that they want to fail in school this year so that they can take 6th grade over and return again next year (the camp is only for 3rd – 6th graders).
KKOOM’s support helped everyone have fun at a nearby swimming pool the last day of the camp. Some of the boys didn’t have swim suits, so we were happy to be able to provide those as well as admission and snacks for the outing.
We hope you enjoy Jerusalem Ministry’s highlight video!
The 6th Annual Jerusalem Ministry Arts and Crafts Camp was held January 21-23, 2014. They had 34 girls from 6 different children’s homes and 43 volunteers. Two of the homes were first-time participants. KKOOM’s support provided everyone with two meals during the camp. To read more about the very successful camp, check out a volunteer’s blog post over here. Here’s a highlight video.
Jerusalem Ministry is a registered Korean non-profit organization, and it is not affiliated with KKOOM. To learn more about Jerusalem Minsitry, visit their website. The views and opinions expressed by Jerusalem Ministry and their volunteers are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of KKOOM.