Where will we go??? Bayou La Batre, AL Onsite: July 26-July 31 Still spots available... talk to Justin TODAY!!! Why Are We Here? Bayou La Batre, known to locals as “The Bayou,” is located on the Gulf of Mexico at the southwestern corner of Alabama. The shores of the Bayou offer scenic beaches and marinas bringing a beautiful backdrop to this small-town community steeped in southern tradition and Cajun heritage. Considered to be the “seafood capital of Alabama,” Bayou is a community that lives and breathes with the shrimping and fishing seasons. The seasonal and unpredictable conditions of the seafood industry have a significant impact on the community. Within the unpredictability of the seafood industry are the effects of significant environmental factors like hurricanes and oil spills. Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill are among the most recent disasters to impact the community of Bayou. Though both events brought devastation, the community remains resilient. YouthWorks has had a presence in Bayou since 1998 and has become a staple in the life of the community during the summers. YouthWorks serves the community through Kids Club and Work Projects. The Kids Club is seen as a safe place for kids during the summer. Families submit Kids Club applications beginning in early spring. Work Projects, such as painting, yard work, and other small repairs, are also in high demand, with our partners collecting applications for projects year-round. Because of Youthwork’s rich history in the community of Bayou, we are no longer considered outsiders to many. The people of Bayou will tell you, “there are three seasons here: football season, hunting and fishing season, and Youthworks season.”
Changing Perspective & Empowerment—Everyone has their own perceptions of the small towns and rural problems. In Bayou, there is a unique addition of environmental affects that control the livelihood of the community. During the week you will have the chance to share how you see God at work in this community, and be challenged to think how you can see God at work in your own communities and how to join Him there.
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