"(Through SummerShine) I learned to put God first and myself second. I learned to be at work on time and do my job to the best of my ability and keep a smile on my face. Very much has changed in my life this summer. I left my home in South Carolina and went alone to Virginia. I literally left on faith. I trusted the Lord to lead me where I could be used most efficiently. Along with his trust and faith, God showed me He is always faithful."
"I have started to make my faith my top priority, and instead of worrying about worldly things, I focus more on my faith. I have developed a better quiet time and I feel much more comfortable sharing my faith with others. The entire summer was a positive experience for me. I enjoyed getting to know the other SummerShiners, staff and campers. I was excited and encouraged by the positive attitudes and giving spirits of the other SummerShiners."
"SummerShine teaches you to be a Christian in the real world! We take ministry opportunities when we get them. Those who grow the most make the effort and take the initiative to be intentional."
Allison - 2003, 2004
Since 1979, hundreds of young people have been connected with resort area businesses (resort family campgrounds) for employment. SummerShine is more than just a summer job. It provides opportunities to serve, share, work, play, grow and shine with the love of Christ everyday.
"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers."
~ GALATIANS 6:9-10
"You are like the salt for everyone on earth...You are like the light for the whole world...Make your lights shine, so that others will see the good that you do and will praise your Father in Heaven."
~ MATTHEW 5:12-16 CEV
"Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will."
~ ROMANS 12:1-2
"Do your work willingly, as if you were serving the Lord himself. "
~ COLOSSIANS 3:23 CEV
"Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death."
~ ROMANS 8:12
"Then he said to them, "Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For he who is least among you all—he is the greatest."