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OCT 2018

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Pr e s by te r i a n s To d ay OCTOBER and learning together," McEachran said. Hunting Ridge also added a unique element to the leadership of the camp when a Burmese congrega- tion it hosts sent children and youth volunteers. "It was such a beautiful picture of Asian faces, black faces and white faces," McEachran said. "People in the neighborhood just loved seeing what they called the 'United Nations' in their community." The summer camps are only a part of the programming offered by the Coalition, as the youth that range in age from pre-kindergarten to eighth grade are also treated to things like movie nights, back-to-school activities and holiday-themed events through- out the year. "We have tried to plan special events or trips to broaden their experiences," McEachran said. "The ˆrst couple of years we went out to a of churches who are able to work together," McEachran said. "Sometimes we ˆnd the going difˆ- cult, but we all see this as a valuable testimony to God's work in our city." This year an academic component, including math and reading, was offered. Those lessons were prepared by a Hunting Ridge member. The camp also received some key support from the city of Baltimore in 2018 through youth workers, which the city hires each summer. The camp also teamed up with The Center, a ministry of the Presbytery of Baltimore that provides a place for out-of-town groups to stay and work with Presbyterian churches in the city. The Center assigned groups to help at the camp for two of the ˆve weeks. "That has been such a gift to see the connections between kids from out of Baltimore and kids from in Baltimore laughing, playing, singing farm. They got to see a wide variety of animals, went on hikes around the farm, played with tadpoles in the creek and went swimming." It all adds up to year-round activi- ties that aim to create a better atmo- sphere and mindset for these West Baltimore children and youth and serve as a learning experience for the leaders themselves. "God has enabled us to ˆnd the value in working together, even though we come from some differ- ent backgrounds," McEachran said. "We've had some bumpy roads. There's been some frustration. But the fact that people have hung in there and seen the value of this to me is God working through us." Mike Givler is the communications coordi- nator for the Synod of the Trinity in Camp Hill Pennsylvania

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