06
May
08

IMPACT!

Lin & Impact Kids

Hi! I’m Lin and I’m a proud California Golden Bear! Rawr!

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, I’m a team lead for IMPACT, a non-profit organization our church started to reach out to inner city Oakland elementary school students to motivate them about higher education and invite them to come to Joyland, our K-6 ministry. For three weekends in April, we had IMPACT Springfest, where fire balls were ignited, super heroes rapped, and cow eye balls were dissected.

This past Sunday, we had our IMPACT picnic in preparation for the transition to Sunday’s Joyland program, and out of 82 kids who were at Springfest, 45 came back! For my group, the California Golden Bears (all the teams are college names), all of our kids came back! They were immediately clinging onto our arms and starting tickling fights. All the kids remembered our team cheer: “Who are we? We are the Golden Bears, Go Bears, RAWR!!!” We were totally louder and more in sync than the boys’ teams… ahem.

Then we played games like Giants, Wizards and Elves (wizards, not lizards as some kids called it), and water balloon toss. For a water relay game, some of the kids really got a kick out of spilling water all over us team leads’ heads! And when we were dumping water out of the large bottles, the kids remembered to use physics to create a vortex so the water came out faster! At the end, when Andy was reminding them next week IMPACT is on Sunday, one girl misheard and asked, “Everyday?!” excitedly. When I asked some of them if they wanted to be a Golden Bear and come to Berkeley one day, they were all really excited! It’s amazing how much they take to heart the things we teach them, and they all said they were coming back next week.

So if you see some really happy kids and kid-like team leads on Sunday, then you know it’s the IMPACT program! Come say hi to us and we’ll do our team cheer for you… if you can handle it. RAWR!

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6 Responses to “IMPACT!”


  1. May 6, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    That was an awesome day! The kids were so happy to be there and they are really bonding with you guys. I remember how your girls always yell, “Hi Mr. Andy!!” every time I walk by.

  2. 2 Lin Ni
    May 7, 2008 at 12:47 am

    hey that’s a nice picture! haha they look so happy, they really like cameras~ yea they called you Miss Andy too haha

  3. 3 mtruong
    May 11, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    Yes, the Impact picnic was fun! Impact Springfest in general has been a good experience. I am going to miss working with all the college students and seeing the Impact kids as well as making fun of Andy during our project leads meetings b/c of his disorganization! 🙂

  4. May 12, 2008 at 9:43 am

    What? Disorganization? Well, it’s just proof that God can work through anyone as long as we’re willing. Plus, there were a lot of very able people helping out.


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