Your Gift to the SSI Financial Aid Fund Creates a Lasting Legacy

April 2024

We are just two months away from kicking off the 2024 LEAD Summer Program! Our ministry staff, along with hundreds of crew, volunteers, and students are all excited for three weeks of camp. Registrations continue to grow daily as families, churches, and schools across the state prepare to send their teens to a life-changing week of worldview teaching and discipleship.

Each year, approximately 30% of our families apply for financial aid to help get their teens to LEAD. As registrations continue to pour in, so do dozens of requests for financial assistance and we need your help. We’re asking you to invest directly in these teens by supporting our Financial Aid Fund. Every gift, of any amount, goes directly to cover the cost of camp for families like these:

“Thank you for considering us for financial assistance as I continue to raise four children without the physical presence of their father, who passed away in 2016.” 


“We have four children, and my husband has been unemployed and looking for work for an extended period of time. I [am] currently work half-time at a local grocery to help our situation.” 

These are just two of the dozens of requests we’ve received. Last year, we raised nearly $30,000 to support and equip incredible young people like these. While the requests are born of unfortunate circumstances, we are privileged to see the fruit of your generosity to them. Two such students, Justin and Gideon, shared these reflections after attending LEAD in 2023:

“It was my first time going to LEAD, I loved it so much that I wish I could go again! Not just for one week of camp but for all three. I hope that when I am older, I will be able to help serve there. So, again, I thank you for helping me go to SSI. I hope that next year you can help send another teen.” – Justin J.

“I am so grateful for the opportunity to experience LEAD. I hope to someday offer the same generosity, that you have shown me, so another young man or woman can [attend] LEAD.”  – Gideon D.

What an encouragement to see such a strong spirit of service and generosity towards ministry in these two young people. With less than 60 days until camp begins, I ask that you prayerfully consider making a difference in the lives of students through a generous contribution of any amount. You can send a check, call, or make a donation now.

Thank you for joining us to leave a lasting legacy of young leaders!

For the next generation!

Joseph Cecil

SSI President & CEO

Donate Now:

To contribute to the 2024 Financial Aid Fund, you can make checks payable to SSI and mail to SSI, 4407 W. St Joe Hwy, Lansing, MI 48917, or use the online donation form below.