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Partners, September 2020


BIBLE CAMPS

MID-SOUTH YOUTH CAMP

HENDERSON, Tenn. — Mid-South Youth Camp held a groundbreaking ceremony in August to celebrate the building of a new dining hall.

The 77-acre camp outside of Henderson plans to build the new dining hall and an outdoor game room for future campers to enjoy. 

“The new outdoor game room, Grandma Fern’s Porch, will serve as an additional space for campers to make lifelong friends and memories,” said Gayle McDonald, camp codirector. “Grandma Fern was my mom, and she loved children and would’ve loved seeing them laugh and enjoy this wonderful place.”

Due to COVID-19, the traditional camp experience this summer had to be reshaped into events that could connect with campers in a safe way. The camp’s annual fish fry fundraiser also had to be canceled. 

Despite those changes, the camp was able to host a virtual bonfire and a “Finger lickin’ BBQ Chicken” drive-through fundraiser. 


EVANGELISM

HOME MISSION

WHITE SETTLEMENT, Texas — Home Mission, a ministry focused on helping Churches of Christ grow, hopes to expand their reach. 

Leaders are looking to recruit more volunteer evangelists and support staff to visit and work with churches throughout the United States. 

The ministry, directed by John Orr, focuses on finding ways to “encourage, equip and evangelize” congregations that are struggling. 

Overseen by the elders of the West Freeway Church of Christ in the Fort Worth area, Home Mission has worked with more than 250 churches across the country. 

It trains congregations in outreach and evangelism and helps them plan for the future, minister Britt Farmer said. 

The program offers the assistance at no cost. Home Mission hopes to continue the work and invites others who are willing to work with them.

For more information, see www.homemission.org.


MEDICAL

LIFELINE CHAPLAINCY

HOUSTON Despite challenges from COVID-19, Lifeline Chaplaincy has found new ways to connect with those in the hospitals it serves. 

Because of the coronavirus, the ministry — which is associated with Churches of Christ — is no longer allowed to enter rooms and visit patients, executive director Virgil Fry said. 

But Lifeline is connecting with patients in other ways, Fry said. Chaplains can call patient rooms and listen, sing, pray and offer spiritual and emotional support. A prayer request link has been added to Lifeline’s website. The requests are monitored and prayed for daily. 

Lifeline’s Soft Touch Ministry, which usually creates pillows and robes for hospital patients, transitioned to making masks when there was a shortage. Lifeline was able to create and donate almost 3,000 masks for those working on the front lines. 


RESOURCES

MINISTRY LEAGUE

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. Adventures in Ministry, a nonprofit created for members of Churches of Christ to share Bible study content, has a new name: Ministry League.

The program, which produces a yearly video series used by youth ministers and puts on the Exposure Youth Camp in Alabama, has been around for more than 10 years.

Ministry League will include new podcasts, a video series and a revamped songbook, available through an updated app, network director Caleb Sampson said. 

An outreach initiative will emphasize mission work and set up smaller versions of the Exposure Youth Camp, in hopes of strengthening youths.

For more information, see www.ministryleague.com.

Filed under: Adventures in Ministry Church of Christ Home Mission Lifeline Chaplaincy Mid South Youth Camp Ministry League name change News Partners

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