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Summer Appeal

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Summer is here! As I write this letter, we are finishing another very successful year at Mount Dora Christian Academy and Children’s Home. We have experienced some remarkable momentum in Christian development and desire to keep that momentum going through the summer. 

For many of us, summer meant family vacations, summer camps, amusement parks, fairs, and resorts. However, many of our children at the Children’s Home have never known what it is like to take a summer vacation.  Most of them come from homes where either family instability or financial stress made taking summer vacations impossible.

Today, more than ever, children need to be involved in summer activities that help them grow spiritually, physically, and emotionally. It is frightening to think that 70% of today’s 17 to 24-year-olds do not meet the minimum standards for military service due to the lack of proper education or physical health issues, and that drug overdose deaths among high school students have more than doubled since 2019 fueled by feelings of anxiety, depression, and loneliness. 

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Against that backdrop, Mount Dora Christian Academy and Children’s Home seeks to turn the tide. It is important that children take a summer break to allow them to rest and recharge. Kids playing with their friends, going to the beach, going for a hike, or participating in various camps and activities, can reinvigorate the brain. 

But MDCA&CH’s goal is so much more than just a summer vacation...it is the rejuvenation of the family itself. The importance of family on Christian development cannot be understated. Proverbs 22:6 says: Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it

While we play an integral part in a child’s development, our greater goal is to help children see themselves differently and to see a family differently. We are all one family in Christ. These children are our children. As John said in III John 1:4: I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in truth

Words cannot begin to express our appreciation for the support you’ve shown our children over the years. Your gift of $100, $250, or $500 isn’t just providing summer opportunities but helping our children see one of God’s most precious gifts: the family

´╗┐Again, thank you for your consideration. 

For the Children,

Dr. Brian Mast

President

P.S. Please consider a gift to help these children this summer. Children are messages we send to a future we may never see.