“I came into this internship at ICI with the assumption that this summer would be a breeze! I grew up being a staff kid, so I figured that I had basically been “staff-in-training” my entire life, and that I pretty much had all of the knowledge and skills to run everything and eventually run the place one day. This summer at Inner City Impact was not what I expected at all, and I praise God for it! As I transitioned from being a volunteer to being summer staff, I got to learn a lot about what it means to be intentional. From visitation, outings, clubs, and camping trips, I’ve grown to appreciate ICI so much more because sharing the gospel is prioritized in how we love, serve, and simply spend time with our kids! When we do visitation, we are not just visiting the kids to let them know about outings, but we are being welcomed into homes and getting to know their entire families and backgrounds and actually building relationships! Outside of clubs, there is so much more going on, whether it’s coming to our kid’s sports games and graduations or just hanging out and going to McDonalds with a kid to get some ice-cream. Before this summer, I had no idea that you might have to visit a kid 5 different times and give them 8 different camp forms before they finally sign up! It’s always worth it though, because we get to take a kid out of a chaotic city to possibly have their life changed forever. I am overwhelmed with how much God has worked in me, and how much I’ve seen God work through this ministry. I’ve first hand witnessed that by His strength, you can literally do ANYTHING, and when you truly surrender to His will, especially when you don’t feel capable or smart enough or skilled enough, God moves and salvation is found. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for ICI, and I am thankful to be a part of it.” – Precious Greaves
September 18, 2018
ICI was a refuge for Oscar as he grew up. ICI staff modeled healthy relationships and plugged him into a local church. Now he is investing back into the lives of those who grew up in similar challenging circumstances.
September 1, 2017
When you work or volunteer with ICI, you have to be ready to discuss just about any topic—you never know what the kids are going to ask! But what’s always true is that kids are really curious about spiritual things and will impress you with some deep and insightful questions and observations.
September 1, 2017
Aside from a single memory Ricky has of he and his dad playing at the park, he doesn’t remember his father at all. That’s because when Ricky was still a very small boy his father chose a life on the streets rather than a life at home taking care of his family. Even now as an adult, the only thing Ricky really knows about his father is that at some point he was incarcerated.