June 26-- This is the fifth year WinShape Camp has come to Vidalia and some 400 kids are taking part in the week long day camp operated by Chick fil A at sites throughout the country.
Marissa Brown is a camp team leader and says the camp held at Sally Meadows Elementary School is made possible through community support, "The generosity of this community is absolutely remarkable. We've seen so many businesses come in and provide support and we have a lot of churches breaking down denominational walls by saying that we want to be a part of this and influence kids lives because they are our future leaders."
A camper who's been coming to WinShape in Vidalia since it started is fifth grader Kingston Ryals, "I was saved at WinShape camp my second year. I used to be like, yes, God is a good person, but I really wasn't involved in church. Now I'm more involved and I'm getting to know God even more and I'm reading his word almost everyday. I think it's brought me closer to God in general."
Kingston also believes WinShape has helped him influence others,"I used to have some friends who didn't believe in God. I told them about his Word and now they're Christians. The camp is an amazing foundation to help kids get to know God better."
Because of experiences like Kingston's, Marissa Brown says WinShape has a ripple effect in the community, "The whole point of WinShape is the volunteers stay here and the kids stay here and they get to build a relationship, it's like a mentor opportunity for these volunteers to invest in these kids' lives. These kids get to come to camp and have fun and be themselves. They learn about the gospel and also learn character skills and how to work as a team. I actually believe it does change lives because it changed mine when I was in college."