Peace For The Journey

I have a lot of trouble with transitions. Whether it’s packing for a trip or preparing myself to go back to school, I often get overwhelmed with the uncertainty about what comes next. This week we are hosting 60 kids in the foster care system. These kids come to us with the weight of living with constant uncertainties, some of which are life changing. We know that what we do at Living Water Ministries can’t fully take away that uncertainty, but we can allow these kids to check it at the door for a week to enjoy gaga ball, canoeing, Continue Reading →

This is What the Kingdom of God Looks Like

A little over two years ago, Pastor Yehiel Curry of Rescue, Release, Restore applied for and received a grant from the ELCA — and the vision of MYLA (Multicultural Youth Leadership Academy) came into being. But this was not a solo endeavor. Rescue, Release, Restore partnered with Living Water Ministries and ELCA Glocal to shape MYLA camp together. When the combined efforts and gifts of each organization came together, MYLA was born. Coincidentally, this partnership is analogous of MYLA’s baseline essence– learning about, growing from, and celebrating each other’s unique qualities. Based in Chicago, Rescue, Release, Restore is best known Continue Reading →

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

“She’s wonderful,” exclaimed Mary Anne to a fellow Abundant Life camper as I served them slices of cheese for their sandwiches. The response to the question, “What is Abundant Life week all about?” is almost always, “It’s one of the happiest weeks at camp”. Before I experienced Abundant Life week for myself last year, I had always wondered what made this program so special. Now I understand that what sets this week apart from the rest are the little joys the Abundant Life campers bring to us, like Mary Anne, who will forthrightly tell you when she thinks you are Continue Reading →