Summer camp is a highlight for almost any elementary school-age kid. Swimming, hiking, horseback riding, and crafts are daily activities. It's a place where new friendships are forged, old friendships are renewed, and - for many- it's the place where Jesus Christ is made real to a life for the first time.
This year's Coins For Kids Project is all about kids camp. But not exactly like the camp described above. Imagine a rugged, remote, unique, and full of wilderness camp where the nearest village is 17 miles, the only way to get there is by boat, and the nearest city is 500 miles by air. Daily life is rugged on the banks of the Yukon River where the average daily temperature for camp is 38 degrees and the facilities consist of drafty tents that are in disrepair and all supplies - including fresh drinking water - must be boated to camp.
Welcome to Western Alaska's Camp "Agaiutim Nune" or Camp AN! It began in 1996 and translated from the Yupik Eskimo language it means ... "The Place of God." The girls and boys that attend this camp are primarily from Alaska's Yupik Eskimo tribes and with a rich heritage in their culture - for many of them - it is a safe week away from abuse and depression where for the first time they will learn of the love and acceptance of Jesus Christ. It is a place:
• Where campers become aware of God's marvelous creation
• Where every part of the camp experience gives preeminence to the lordship of Jesus Christ
• Where old lives of the campers are made new through the person of the Holy Spirit
• Where prayer and the Word of God bring the solutions to life's problems and questions
• IT IS A PLACE TO MEET WITH GOD
How can Coins For Kids help?
This year we are partnering with U.S. missionaries Jim and Linda Schulz and the Yupik Eskimo children of Western Alaska to provide necessary funds to replace the drafty Camp AN tents, which are in disrepair - with a much needed multi-purpose permanent building for the camp which will serve as a kitchen, chapel, and education center. It will be the main hub of all camp activities.
The effects of Assemblies of God camps are felt all over the world. Missionaries, pastors, evangelists, deacons, Sunday School teachers, and church and civic leaders have come from these camps with a call and anointing of the Holy Spirit upon their lives. Won't it be great to know that as we are faithful to give our CFK dollars, on behalf of the Yupik Eskimo young people, we are partnering in their future as their lives are touched emotionally, physically, and most of all spiritually?
Let's let them know they are not forgotten. God knows each of them by name!
Where to submit your offering: Offerings can be given securely online here or you can mail a check to our offices.
Make checks payable to Coins for Kids and mail to:
National Girls Ministries
Attn: Coins for Kids
1445 North Boonville Ave
Springfield, MO 65802
Note: All Coins for Kids donations received on January 1, 2013 or postmarked after December 31, 2012 will automatically go to the 2013 project.