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We rejoice in the amazing work that God did through Breakaway partnerships in 2016! “All your works shall give thanks to you, O LORD, and all your saints shall bless you!” (Psalm 145:10) Here are some of those ministry highlights from the past year. Sign up for our monthly newsletter to get the full publication of our annual report.

starfish16 2016 Ministry Snapshots


6,300
youth & children served through Breakaway initiatives


540
prisoners’ kids afforded spiritual enrichment and social resilience


1,670
juvenile inmates reached with the gospel


710
domestic abuse survivors engaged with hope


365
children empowered through outreach in low-income neighborhoods


420
refugee children attending Breakaway Kidz Camps, sports clinics, and other programs


1,400
pieces of sports equipment given to empower orphans, refugees, and street kids with opportunities through sports and recreation

A Word From Our Founders

Dear Praying Friends,

Forest Witcraft is credited with saying, “A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove, but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.”

We like to call that “shaping eternity in the hearts of children.”

C.S. Lewis must’ve understood the importance of shaping the hearts of young people when he said, “Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important work.” Jesus told his disciples, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

When we partner together to champion the cause of vulnerable children, we are championing the very heart of Jesus.

In 2016, you helped us champion the Good News of Jesus from the margins of Chattanooga, Tennessee, to underserved communities around the globe. Over 6,300 youth and children were served through various Breakaway Outreach initiatives, including camps and retreats, KidVenturez programs, community-wide outreach events, ministry in transitional living facilities, school assemblies, and global missions projects.

Thank you for praying, giving, sending, and going with us to flesh out God’s hope to gospel-destitute youth and vulnerable kids.

In Christ,

Jimmy and Cindy Larche
Founders


starfish16 2016 Ministry Highlights


CAMPS and RETREATS

In addition to our flagship summer camp for at-risk kids, we coordinated two neighborhood day camps in underserved Chattanooga communities, a summer day camp for refugees in Lexington, Kentucky, and two international baseball camps in Germany. Through our KidVenturez program, we provided scholarships for Chattanooga area underprivileged youth to attend a winter conference in Pigeon Forge, an overnight NASCAR weekend in Bristol, and a fall break retreat in Cherokee, North Carolina.


youth summer camps

PRISONERS’ CHILDREN

In 1999, we started providing scholarships for kids in crisis to attend summer camps. In 2007, we began staffing our own summer camps for children of prisoners and younger siblings of juvenile inmates to have a safe place to experience adventure, learn social resilience, and to hear and respond to the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. In 2016, we celebrated our 10th summer of Breakaway camps! “AG” (pictured below) first attended our camp on scholarship in 2008, and hasn’t missed a summer yet. This year she served as a junior leader! Breakaway serves the needs of prisoners’ children year-round through mentoring relationships, KidVenturez programs, family support ministries, and holiday services.

summer camps prisoners kids

More Camp Testimonies…

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE MINISTRY

Since 2012, domestic abuse survivors are learning to hope again one day at a time, one friendship at time, as they receive encouragement through our Healing Hearts ministry in domestic abuse shelters. We come alongside of transitional living agencies and provide age-appropriate children’s programs, special holiday services, and spiritual growth resources to help restore dignity in the souls of battered lives. In 2016, our Operation Christmas Hope campaign helped to mobilize volunteers in nineteen communities (15 states) to provide Christmas shoebox gifts for kids displaced due to domestic violence.

JUVENILE JUSTICE MINISTRIES

Since 1996, we’ve been bringing the gospel to juvenile detention centers and youthful offender prisons through chaplaincy services, sports outreach, guest speakers, evangelism resources, publications, and Bible curriculum. In 2016, we surpassed 50,000 incarcerated teens that have been reached over the last two decades!

NEIGHBORHOOD OUTREACH and UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES

Since 2010, Breakaway has been fostering community partnerships that meet the spiritual and holistic needs of children and families in Chattanooga-area economically disadvantaged neighborhoods. In addition to backyard Bible clubs, after school events, and day camps, we provide clothing/hygiene supplies, a mobile food pantry, nutritious snack packs for kids in food-insecure homes, school supplies and backpack distribution, and warm winter garments.

community outreach

TRAINING AND MOBILIZING

Our network provided leadership coaching and training sessions for 120+ youth workers across the U.S. as well as Germany, Ghana, Ireland, and Lebanon. We mobilized and resourced 800+ volunteers in 36 cities to serve as the hands and feet of Jesus among at-risk youth, vulnerable children, and underserved communities.

starfish16 2016 GLOBAL INITIATIVES AND PARTNERSHIPS

“Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” – Jesus (Mark 16:15)

YOUTH EMPOWERMENT PROJECTS

Through global partnerships in 2016, we helped to resource a school library for an orphanage in Nigeria, funded a youth camp to serve Syrian refugees in Lebanon, and gave over 1,400 pieces of sports equipment to impoverished communities for the purpose of empowering orphans, refugees, and street kids with opportunities through sports and recreation. We also hosted three international students who served internships with Breakaway in Chattanooga.

GERMANY OUTREACH

In Germany, our 2016 mission teams facilitated 14 school assemblies, organized two evangelistic baseball camps, provided sports clinics in two refugee camps, and cultivated new partnerships with churches that will be using the baseball camp model for outreach in 2017. We reached nearly 500 young people with the gospel and afforded “next steps” follow up for over 40 youths who gave their lives to Christ.

refugee outreach ministry

Sports camps in Germany are having a cross-cultural, global impact. What began several years ago as an outreach primarily to German youth has spread to impact Middle Eastern refugees and young people from other nations as well—including China!

germany mission trips baseball

In 2013, Niklas attended baseball camp shortly after the tragic loss of his father. It was at camp that the grieving teen wrestled with issues of faith and eternity. At the end of the week he surrendered his life to Christ and we helped him get connected with the church. He’s been growing in grace ever since. Now he is writing devotions to encourage other young people in their faith. He’s also an aspiring film producer who has hopes of making faith-based movies in the future.

Yuan is a young person from China who attended a baseball camp in Germany and has also visited us in the U.S. He shared in a testimony, “I tried to be a good person, but my heart didn’t really agree with the Bible. God was not real to me until I attended the camp and became a true believer and learned that the Holy Bible was truly God’s Word. The Spirit of Jesus is now in me and I try to share his message with my family and friends in China. He is guiding me all the way.”

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC OUTREACH

In November, our mission team facilitated community-wide baseball clinics for youth in Barahona, ministered to children in the orphanage, and served Haitian migrants/refugees in the bateyes. As a year-end Christmas gift to the Dominican orphans, we raised the funds to construct a new basketball court for the orphanage, which will be completed in early 2017. The fame of Jesus is spreading in the Dominican Republic because of this growing partnership!

Friends and Partners Like You Make it Happen!

Thanks to partners like you, Breakaway Outreach is impacting the lives of children all over the world! We are sustained by God’s divine providence and we rely on the generous gifts of individuals, business friends in the community, and supporting churches. We receive no taxpayer dollars or grants from federal, state, or local government. Every gospel movement has been made possible by free will love offerings. If you are not a financial partner with Breakaway, would you take a few minutes to prayerfully seek the Lord about giving to this ministry in 2017? Our board of directors is boldly moving forward in faith, to impact more gospel-destitute kids. We can’t grow without you. We can’t shape eternity in the hearts of more children without you.

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BREAKAWAY CELEBRATION BANQUET

In April 2017, we will hold our inaugural celebration banquet for Breakaway friends and partners to come together to celebrate all that God is doing through this ministry, to hear life-changing testimonies, to share our vision for the future, and to highlight ways that friends can get more involved with Breakaway. We would love for you to join us at our first annual celebration banquet in 2017!

“All your works shall give thanks to you, O LORD, and all your saints shall bless you!” Psalm 145:10

Thank you community friends and partners!

3H Group Hotels
Athletes in Action
Baker Distributing
Bear Trace Golf Club
The Bed Boss
Bermuda Triangle Aquarium & Supplies
Black Creek Golf Club
Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Bradley County Home Educators
Breeding Insulation
Bristol Motor Speedway
Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation
Calvary Baptist Church, Lexington
Carpet Capital Fire Protection
Carrabas, Chattanooga
Chick-fil-A
Chattanooga Lookouts
Chattanooga Police Dep.
Chattanooga State CC
Cherokee Boys Club
Cherokee Mission
Classy Living Society
Clyde’s on Main
Collins & Company, Inc.
Dick’s Sporting Goods
Dollywood
El Meson, Chattanooga
The Feed
Ferguson Enterprises, Inc.
Firebirds, Chattanooga
First Bank
for King and Country
Grace Baptist Church
Hobby Town, Chattanooga
Hollyn, Nashville
Jake Marshall Service, Inc.
John T. Rice Law Offices
Kohl’s
Lee University Athletic Department
Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan
Liberty University Baseball
Lifeway Christian Bookstore
Little Caesar’s Pizza
Longview Ranch
Meadowview Baptist Church, Georgetown
Milk & Honey
Moccasin Bend Golf Club
Mt. View Chevrolet, Chattanooga
NASCAR
Nascar Speedpark
NWGA Bank Foundation
Ooltewah United Methodist Church
Pediatric Dentistry of Chattanooga
Premier Family Dental, Dr. Katie Egan
Puleo’s Grille
Quest Church
Raceway Ministries
RBI (Reviving Baseball Inner Cities)
Ridgedale Baptist Church
Samaritan Center
Shepherd Recreation Center
Silverdale Baptist Academy
Taco Mamasitas
Tennessee Smokies
Urban Stack
UTC Mocs
Watts Sunday School Class
Wesley Memorial United Methodist
Wilderness in the Smokies