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Blue Skies offers week long family beach retreats to bring the hope of Christ to families living through the challenges of pediatric cancer. Our hope is that children who are sick will laugh and play again; that siblings, who often compete with illness, will feel cherished and valued; and, that marriages and families will be renewed and strengthened.
Families faced with childhood illnesses are often stretched emotionally, financially, physically and spiritually - sometimes even to the breaking point. In March of 2010, Blue Skies Ministries was launched to bring the hope of Christ to families living through pediatric cancer.
Our vision is to lift families above the clouds and help them "retreat" from life’s storms. Blue Skies offers retreats to help families heal and find hope. Around twelve families join us at the beach for a retreat where they play, laugh, and reconnect as a family. Because of generous donations, families are able to attend at no cost to them beyond their transportation to and from the retreat.
Volunteers at the retreat help care for the families and not only give their time, but also raise financial support to help cover their costs to attend. They serve the families in tangible ways freeing them from the burdens of daily tasks. Families are welcomed in a safe and nurturing environment, where the staff understands their child’s needs, allowing them to relax and engage in a fun-filled retreat and bond with other families on kindred journeys.
Many others help make the retreats possible by giving of their time and resources too. They give, because like us, they believe that families who are facing even the most difficult circumstances can find strength and renewal through the love of Christ.
- Melinda Mayton
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