Children

Mission: Possible! Austin believes we can break the cycle of poverty one life at a time. One of the most devastating things about poverty is the lack of resources given to children. Many of our children are faced with poor nutrition, lack of quality education, single-parent homes, low-income housing, affordable childcare, places to worship without feeling judged, and more. We believe the easiest way into the family is through the child. Children in low-income communities also face a greater risk of physical and sexual abuse, neglect, and/or trauma. We believe by connecting and equipping the body of Christ (the church) to children in our community we can see lives changed, communities impacted, and generations transformed.

 

Listed below are Mission Possible’s Current Children Programs:

Nikos Camping Ministry

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

Purpose: Caring responsibly for children with Christ-centered relationships through camps.

The Nikos Camping Ministry exists to connect and equip the church with children from the inner-city for Christ-centered relationships. The word “Nikos” is Greek for “Victory”. We all have times in our lives when we feel afraid, alone, and lost. Many of the children we work with have those feelings amplified while living in low-income communities. Each camp provides a safe place for children to be children, and operates as a venue for Christ-centered relationship to form. For 20+ years, Camp Nikos has been a place for children to come to know Jesus, thrive in a safe and fun environment, and Christ-centered relationships to form. We now see the next generation of children grown up and serving at Camp Nikos.

Learn More About the Nikos Camping Ministry

Big Fish Club

 “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” -Matthew 4:19

Purpose: Caring responsibly for children in the inner-city through Christ-centered relationships.

“It’s Big Fish Club!” is a common shout you might hear on a Thursday night in East Austin. Big Fish Club is a weekly Bible club that meets in 5 low-income apartment communities each Thursday night. Our prayer is to connect and equip the body of Christ to children in East Austin hoping to see life transformation. Big Fish Club is a practical way to share the hope of Christ to children through games, Bible lessons, and dinner.

Learn more about Big Fish Club

Mentoring

“Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” -Proverbs 27:17

Purpose: Fostering relationships between teachable children and Christ-honoring adults in order to reach the next generation (and the next generation’s families) with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

In many of our low-income communities we see children who come from single parent homes, and many of them do not have a Godly role model. Mentoring children is a practical way to evangelize and disciple children in Christ-centered relationships. Jesus spent his time on earth teaching, healing, and investing into the lives of others. Help make our mission possible by investing in the lives of children in East Austin.

Read more about Mentoring Program

Tutoring

“Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance” -Proverbs 1:5

Leaders in education research for Central Texas identified 3rd grade literacy as one of four systemic problems facing our community. Mission: Possible! Austin is committed to working with children to break the cycle of poverty one life at a time. Tutoring is a low-commitment, high-impact program that greatly influences our children. Through programs like tutoring allows our volunteers to build Christ-centered relationships, and teach children how to love God with their minds and their work!

Learn more about our Tutoring Program

 

Restoration Art Center 

Purpose: Changing Lives Through Art & Experience

Restoration Art Center (RAC), located on the east side of Pflugerville, is directed by Shelley Schreyer and a great team of volunteers. Art is used as a platform for building relationships with at-risk children, youth, and limited English Speaking women.

The Restoration Art Center currently offers two kids clubs, two art shows, several English classes, sewing and art – all free of charge. RAC kids (ages 3 to 13): hear Bible stories, sing songs, learn verses, do crafts of all sorts, learn about mixed media, clay, paper crafts, gardening, cooking and sewing. In 2018, more than 30 kids were able to attend the Restoration Art Day Camp through the Nikos Camping Ministry 

Learn more about the Restoration Art Center

Tree of Lights Christmas Store

On select days in early December, low-income families will have the opportunity to purchase new Christmas toys and gift items for their children, at an 80% discount off the retail price (parents pay only 20% of the cost)! 2017 was our first year, and we served 35 families and over 100 children received toys! We also provide free gift wrapping! Volunteers were able to be “Personal Shoppers” walking our parents through the toy store. Please consider sponsoring Tree of Lights, donate gifts, and/or volunteer with us. Click below to learn more.

Learn more about Tree of Lights Christmas Store