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.