an outreach opportunity for teenagers to get involved with Hope for Kids to make an impact within their community, showing and sharing the love of Jesus to children in need through outreach activities and service projects
How it works: Training camp & summer Impact Clubs
Impact Club Training Camp (ICT) is an intense week long training program taking place at the beginning of the summer for Christian teens and young adults. Through the ICT experience, teens develop their leadership abilities, stretch their faith, and experience God at work in their own hearts and lives. By the end of the week, they are ready for all components of the following weeks of inner-city outreach: teaching Bible lessons and Scripture verses, leading songs and games, and performing skits. They are prepared and equipped to engage with the kids we will reach, build lasting relationships and bring the Gospel to the city, ultimately leading children to Christ.
Impact Clubs take place in Springfield over several weeks following ICT. Everything our team learns at training camp is put into practice as we meet children right where they are: in city parks, housing projects and shelters. During five consecutive days of two-hour clubs at each location, kids who have never even heard of Jesus connect with our team through games, snack time, and an action-packed lesson time, ultimately having a chance to accept God's gift of salvation.
Through genuine relationships and the power of God's Word, the Impact Hope program is an extremely effective way to connect children to the ministry of Hope for Kids and begin discipling them in their new relationships with Christ.
This year, we are reaching seven locations throughout Springfield during four weeks of clubs in July and one more in August. Our theme this year is STRONG—the kids we reach are learning that our God is stronger than anything they will ever face, and that He can make them strong, too! Please keep our team and staff in prayer.
Check out Photos from this year of Impact Hope on the blog!
Real stories of Hope.
Read stories from our Impact Hope team below.
“This summer was life-changing for both me and the many children we reached with the hope of the Gospel. One of my favorite memories took place when I was counseling this adorable ten-year-old girl. When I told this child that Jesus loved and adored her, I remember seeing her face completely light up and a huge smile take over her face. After this girl prayed and received Jesus as her Savior, I saw a whole new hope and joy in her eyes. From then on, she was a completely different girl with joy in her heart and a brand new thirst for God's Word. Seeing this change completely impacted and changed my life in so many ways!!" - Alissa
“Satan lost another battle as the true hope of Jesus found its way into even more new areas of Springfield this year.” - Josh
“Impact Clubs brought the light of hope into some of the darkest parts of Springfield, MA. Relationships were built, strongholds were broken, lives were changed, and the souls of children were set free with the hope of the Gospel! Praise God!” - Cameron
“Through Impact Clubs I have learned so much. I have learned to love, to look beyond what I see with my eyes, and to ultimately trust that God has everything worked out and it all just depends on His timing. I have met so many sweet friends and even sweeter kids who have all been through so much. It has been a joy being the light of Jesus to a very dark and lonely place!” - Maddy
Meet our team and get a glimpse into Impact Club Training 2019 in the video above.
Click here to see pictures from Impact Hope 2019.