SAYM Girls Give Back

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Last Saturday Miss Mary and Miss Kelly took eight 5-6th grade girls to Summit Missions in Green, for a volunteer day. The girls were picked up at 7:30 am and enjoys donut holes on the way. The Directors of Summit Missions shared about the ministry and explained that this volunteer day was to sort clothes for the Thrift Shop in Transnistria, in eastern Europe. The Thrift Shop employs 80 people in a country where unemployment is over 50%, and also provides income for the Mission’s orphanage and foster care programs. Wouldn’t it be just like our God, that three of the girls had heard of Transnistria, because their teacher has a son who went on a missions trip to Transnistria with Summit Missions. These girls actually remembered learning about this poor country, its location and its history; so that hearing about how Summit Missions ministry impacts the lives of girls, just like them, in another hemisphere, was a true blessing. All of the girls jumped into the project sorting clothes and each took their responsibilities seriously, working all morning till lunchtime.

How cool is it to see eight girls, who normally sleep in on Saturday mornings, get themselves up and eagerly jump into a job where they can give back to serve poor, orphaned children on the other side of the world? Our large God often makes the world seem small.

The girls were treated to a great lunch and time to celebrate at Golden Coral following their time investing building treasure in heaven.

Mr. Vince

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Who is Mr. Vince? Mr. Vince is the SAYM High School Director. Mr. Vince invests countless hours with our high school students leading Monday and Tuesday night rap sessions and also mentoring students in the schools and after school hours. Mr. Vince manages our AIM Program for both boys and girls, where we award money for scholastic excellence each semester. Mr. Vince is often called on to be an advocate for the students in the schools or in the courts, and advocacy effectiveness is often contingent on the advocate’s earned respect in the community as well as the advocate’s relationship for whom he advocates.  Mr. Vince’s occupation as Regional Director for Fair Housing Associates has trained him well in advocacy. But Mr. Vince is differentiated from many advocates because of his love for the students whom he serves, as well as his relationship with these students who respect, trust, and love Mr. Vince. The courts and school administrators witness the bonds which Mr. Vince has built with his students through his sacrifice of time and effort and they see the positive influence he has on these students as he challenges their worldview from a godly perspective. This effective advocate influences for good both ways, both for the student and to the student. Thank you Mr. Vince. May your tribe increase!

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SAYM Golf Chevalier

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A Former Convict Shares His Story To Boys AIM Program


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Lavell takes a break during half time.

Mentees, Durrell Glover, Jacquez Elkins, and Lavel Frazier, spent their summer time hitting, running, and tackling as members of their respective peewee bantam football teams.  Durrell and Lavel were both members of the Varsity Garfield Rams bantam … [Continue reading]



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“That’s Not Fair!”


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SAYM Girls Receive Special Blessing

SAYM Girls T Day 11-19-14

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Senior High Boys Attend Zips Football Game

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Brandon, Tray, and JJ are high school students at Garfield High School. Last night, after selecting McDonald's for pre-game nourishment( which included a bakers dozen hot chocolate chip cookies),  the students attended the nationally televised game … [Continue reading]