Stories of Faith in Action 2009
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COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA
Reformation Lutheran Church, Columbia, S. C., has a mission: Summer SPLASH (Students Playing, Learning, and Staying Healthy). SPLASH helps school-aged refugees and immigrants as they transition into a new culture and a new educational system.
SPLASH offers students healthy meals and snacks while helping them improve their English.
The program offers students healthy meals and snacks while helping them improve their English skills. Assisting the children with language comprehension opens up new opportunities and helps them reach greater heights in the future.
With campers representing eight countries, SPLASH also focuses on cultivating cross-cultural respect and friendships. Matthew, a SPLASH counselor and a student at Newberry College, says, “On the first day we talked about the different nations in my class. On the second and third days, my class learned to say ‘I love you’ in three languages. As the camp went on, I noticed that the kids didn’t see each other by race or color. They saw each other as people and played well together.”
The ELCA Domestic Hunger Grant program helps connect neighbors in our country with the resources to break the cycle of hunger and poverty. Your gifts to ELCA World Hunger help make ministries like this possible. Thank you for your generous and compassionate response!