“My favorite memory of camp is when I asked Jesus to be my Savior.” Innocent told us this summer as we did a video interview with him. Innocent remembers that his first summer at Hidden Acres was actually his first summer in America. He was only nine years old when he traveled on an airplane to America from a refugee camp in Tanzania. At the refugee camp he remembers going without food at times. Those memories of being a refugee in Africa are now mingled with new memories of summers coming to camp at Hidden Acres for seven years. During those years Innocent has formed friendships with our staff members. He looks forward to camp where he says he has grown in his faith and coming to camp has also encouraged him to be more involved in church.
That young nine year old who did not know much English when he first arrived at Hidden Acres is now a young man who tells us with a charming smile, bright eyes, and humble and sincere voice, that Christ is everything to Him and it is only through Him that he lives. His desire is to be a professional soccer player who honors God and points to Him on and off the field.