Many hearts and lives have been changed through the Moravian camping programs offered to our youth. Sometimes we don’t realize the impact that camp had until years down the road, but we are so fortunate to have these camps available to our youth. And the 2015 camping season will be here before we know it!
Camping in the Mid-states has changed a little for the 2015 camping season. 2014 marked the 25th and final year for Epworth Forest camp, the camping program for our junior-high-aged youth. Epworth Forest served our youth well during the past quarter century and offered some unique experiences for everyone involved. However, because of decreasing numbers of this age group in our camping ministry, we felt it was no longer feasible to keep this camp up and running.
Starting this year, we will be incorporating the youth who have completed 7th and 8th grade back into the Tar Hollow program along with the senior high through age 21 young adults. The youth completing 6th grade will stay in their respective junior camps, Bethany or Illiana.
Tar Hollow will take place the week of July 18–25. The Rev. Bryan Trotter will lead the program with the theme, “Jesus is not a Chupacabra, finding the real Jesus within the mythology.”
Illiana and Bethany will follow closely behind on July 27–31 and August 3–7 respectively. Bethany’s program will be “What’s Up Hus?” and will be led by Rev. John Wallace. Illiana’s program will be led by Rev. Andy Kilps with the program title yet to be announced.
We are also blessed with so many capable and willing staff members who give so freely of their time and talents, including using their vacation time, to serve on staff and make sure that our youth can have these life-changing experiences. If you are one of those staff members, know that your gifts have not gone unnoticed. Thanks for giving to our youth and to the Lord in this way! ■
Jo Keller is a member of Hope Moravian Church in Hope, Indiana. For more information on Mid-States camping, visit http://midstatesmoraviancamps.webs.com/