“I started coming because I liked the camps, games, and especially the candy bars given out for attendance, but stayed because of the leaders who made time to welcome and get to know me. They were always willing to spend time with me.”
Frog’s younger siblings attended the programs as well. “Our parents loved that we were involved at ICI and would send us to as many of the programs as possible, knowing it was a safe place and a good influence for us.”
Over time, and primarily because of the relationships he had built with ICI staff, Frog realized he needed to also pursue a relationship with God. He accepted Christ while attending a house church and continued to grow in his faith with the encouragement and support of ICI staff.
Following his graduation, Frog joined ICI as a volunteer and for the past 10 years has continued to be involved in all of the programs serving K-5 through Junior High. Today, Frog primarily volunteers with the K-5 program:
“I continue to volunteer at ICI because I want to be a positive influence on the kids just like the leaders were a positive influence on me growing up. I love ICI and I still love to spend time with the staff because they are different from other people. They are positive.”
December 1, 2017
Sophomore year is when the teaching at ICI really got to me and I gave my life to Christ and changed the path I was on.
December 30, 2019
Throughout my whole high school experience, I felt like I needed to change. After we got back from my last high school camping trip I was thinking about what the leaders had said. I decided to pray and give my life to Christ.
July 22, 2019
Before Christ, I had a lot of grudges and felt like everything had to be perfect. I tried to control a lot of things. Now I can leave things in God’s hands. When I am worried, I know I can trust God. I’m not angry anymore.