Kids Camp

Posted: May 8, 2018 by Patrice Miles in C.A.R.E. Africa, Egbe, Egbe Nigeria, Jos Nigeria, Miles In Missions, Nigeria, Orphans, Prayer, SIM, Volunteers

DSC_0235At the beginning of 2018 we made a list of goals for C.A.R.E. Africa. One of our goals was a one-week camp for our C.A.R.E. Africa kids which would focus on their walk with the Lord and provide some vocational training. We knew it would be a huge undertaking financially and strategically. First, we would have to find experienced workers to run the camp. Then we would have to provide transportation for all the workers to and from our town of Egbe along with housing and feeding them for a week. We would also need a week’s worth of food to feed the kids along with supplies for vocational studies. Needless to say, we could not fit the camp into our 2018 budget but we kept the camp on our goals list with the hope of raising funds for it later on. Do I need to tell you that I serve an awesome God! He provided an unexpected donation and just like that our dream of a one-week camp became a reality!

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No one at C.A.R.E. Africa had any experience running a camp so we consulted with City Ministries, based in Jos, Nigeria. City Ministries is made up of several urban ministry units. One of the ministries called King’s Kids has over 300 orphan and street kids in their programs. City Ministries not only offered to run the one-week camp but also to teach us how to run our own camps for the future.

We were excited and clueless as to the amount of work that goes into hosting a one-week camp.  C.A.R.E. Africa staff in Egbe started buying large quantities of food and locating accommodations for all the City Ministries staff. Meanwhile, back in Jos, I began the search for curriculum, vocational and many other supplies we would need to make ready for transport to Egbe. Everything came together and the C.A.R.E. Africa kids had an amazing time!

DSC_0541The camp theme and camp lessons focused on Faith. We had two children, Bolu and “Big” Success come to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. The vocational studies included how to make Palm Sandals and how to make Beaded Jewelry. One of our older boys, Tunde, really took to making palm sandals and we look forward to seeing what God does with that.

It was also a very special time for our C.A.R.E. Africa CEO Emma and Elisha of City Ministries. Elisha knew Emma when he was an 8 year old orphan at City Ministries. It was very rewarding for Elisha to see that Emma had used his personal experience to found and help the orphans of C.A.R.E. Africa. This camp was a great success story on so many levels.

You are part of our story as your prayers and financial support make our outreach programs such as this one-week camp possible. I hope you know the difference you are making in the lives of so many. Thank-you and God Bless you greatly.

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Comments
  1. sundaisy18 says:

    LOVE this!

    Will Tunde’s Palm sandals be available for sale? I’d buy 🙂

    God bless,

    Kat

    Sent from my iPad

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  2. Ackley, Meg says:

    Sorry for the late response, but this is an awesome report on Kids Camp! Praising God with you for His provision in every way! Way to move ahead in faith, Miles family! “May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy.” Colossians 1:11
    Lovingly,
    Meg

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