Global Ministries mission co-workers are back in the US this summer to share the exciting news of God's work in the world at Disciples and UCC camps.
Camp is a critical time for learning about your faith. Spending time with mission co-workers gives youth a chance to experience the vocation of mission co-workers living out their faith by serving the global church.
Throughout the summer, we will share notes and photos from mission co-workers about their camp experiences and the excitement they have in sharing God's global story at camp.
Want to know where mission co-workers will be? The full list is available here.
To read all the notes and see all the photos posted from throughout the summer, check out the archive.
Just out of seminary, my first call was to our church in Henry, Illinois. During my ministry there, I co-directed CYF camp at Camp Walter Scott. Forty years later now and representing Global Ministries, I am back at Camp Walter Scott sharing in the Peace Works curriculum and having a great time with both campers and counselors. They’re grateful to have the opportunity to hear about Global Ministries and to learn about the realities of our Muslim and Christian brothers and sisters living under occupation in Palestine, where Global Ministries works with several partners seeking a just and lasting peace In the region. - J. W.
Kum-Ba-Yah: The place where you can be yourself! They have mastered how to allow people to express who they truly are in a loving and welcoming way. - Emmanuela Loccident, at Camp Kum-Ba-Yah of the Kentucky Region.
At Camp Christian I spend a lot of free time relaxing in the infamous “green chairs” and listening to campers talk about their desires to serve around the world as musicians, doctors, and educators! They shared stories about their neighbors, classmates, and friends from other countries and now living in Ohio. These children were inspired to use their gifts and intrest to serve God in the US and around the world. They were invested in learning about my lifestyle, work, and adventures while living in Sierra Leone. The green chairs are known for creating relationships and hosting meaningful conversations while relaxing under the sun, and it held its promise to that. - Nia Sullivan
Before beginning our camp experience, I participated in the summer gathering of Church Women of the Southern Conference with the theme “We Shall Not Lose the Power of Praise”. It was held at Peace United Church of Christ in Greensboro, NC, on June 12 and 13, and I was given an opportunity to bring greetings from Global Ministries as well as talk about my work in Lebanon. Good fellowship and connections with women in a new (to me) region! - Maria Bakalian
Going into my week at Pilgrim Heights, I seek to expand upon the idea of "service" for the high schoolers attending the Service Camp. I hope to broaden their perspective about what service entails and who, as Christians, we are called to serve.
My week with the folks at Pilgrim Heights was an absolute delight. The camp was small but meaningful, with a group of youth dedicated to helping a camp that has made a large impact on their lives. Seeing their zeal to serve and bearing witness to the power that camp has had in their lives has been such a blessing for me, reinvigorating my own spirit of service! The camp itself is undergoing a spectacular transformation and I wish them every blessing as they strive to be a safe and sacred space for the wider community. - Kearstin Bailey
I was very impressed with the sensitivity, maturity and intelligence that the CYF kids engaged in conversations around active peace making. The ones who attended the Hearing Haiti interest group asked deep questions and were emotionally concerned for the people of Haiti. We learned a few Kreyol phrases and dances. They made cards for the kids in Haiti praying for blessings on the upcoming school year. - Michelle McKay, in the Florida Region