By Brad Thompson
Outreach ministries can take many forms, and sometimes it’s as simple as playing games. Zionsville Presbyterian Church recently entered into a strategic partnership with Str8Up Ministries. Str8Up has a serious mission – mentoring teens to reach their potential by emphasizing character, responsibility and excellence. The ministry’s method is mostly fun, and involves playing games at summer camp. Located on 64th St. on the north side of Indianapolis, the camp sits in a natural environment that includes woods, a lake and considerable grassy areas for athletics. The camp also has an indoor basketball court, as well as a place for horses.
While fun, the games are selected on the basis of their ability to grow character. They emphasize teamwork and problem-solving, as well as an opportunity to burn off extra energy. ZPC volunteers help organize the games and serve food. Sometimes the volunteers serve as referees, while other times they dive right into the game itself. The kids come from all over the north side of Indianapolis. Str8up aims to help kids who have had limited opportunities.
For more information on the Str8Up Ministry, visit https://str8uplife.org/.