Annual 'Day to Remember' Held for Disadvantaged Youth in South Jersey

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Disadvantaged and at-risk youth from Ranch Hope in Alloway and the First Methodist Church in Millville had the chance to cool off in the water Monday, June 18th, during In His Wakes Ministry's annual event, "A Day to Remember." 

“Christie Overton, the former World Record Holder in the slalom water skiing for women, started this ministry to help the disadvantaged youth," said Bill Fosbenner, event organizer. "And we can come out here and show the love of Christ that we have in us, through the time in the water."

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For the ninth year in a row, the non-profit provided the kids the chance to play a variety of water sports in Dividing Creek.

However, the day of laughs and smiles has a deeper meaning beyond just splashing around playing games.

“Some of them, it’s the best day of their life," said Fosbenner. "Obviously, they’ve had other good days, but it’s so exciting for them. At the end of the day, we’re able to give them a wrap-up and tell them what Christ means to us. We give them some medals, a book, T-shirt, and we just try to give them, if they need help — contact us again because it’s all about trying to change their lives one step at a time.” 

Kids at the event are all different ages and for some of them, it was their very first time participating in these fun water activities. Regardless of how old they are or their history in the water, for everyone it is definitely a day to remember.

“Most people have never done it before so it’s like a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” said Joshua.

“This is the most fun I’ve had in a minute," said Keenan. "I’m going to be honest with you. I’ve never done stuff like this before I came to the ranch."

In His Wakes Ministry hopes that these unforgettable experiences will help the participants have confidence facing life's challenges.

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