As we move into the joyous occasion of our Savior’s birth it reminds me to be thankful for all the gifts we’ve been given. That little baby in a manger reminds me of the joy of children and the hope and peace that they provide to all of us. I have three young children myself and when I look into their faces I just smile with joy, and I am thankful for them to be healthy and to be able to enjoy many different things in life.
As I thought about this, I realized that many of the youth we work with at camp don’t have a supportive family network, a community that they can connect with, or a church that is there for them when hardships arise. Camp provides a place of connection and hope. It’s a place where youth can feel accepted and cared for. It’s the first step in a faith journey for many of these campers, and they leave seeking to know Christ more.
We’ve grown 10 percent in summer camper numbers over the last three years, which is such a blessing, but we’ve also seen a significant increase in financial need. If it wasn’t for the generous support from people like you most of these of youth would not be able to come.
During this season of joy and grace, we are asking that you might share the gift of Christ’s love and hope by giving to the Iowa U.M. Campership Fund, of which 100 percent goes directly to children and youth in need to fund their camp experience. You will be giving a gift that lasts a lifetime. Click here.
Merry Christmas to your family and God bless you during this precious time of year. Thanks for your gracious prayers and generous support of Iowa U.M. Camp and Retreat ministry.
Sincerely and in Christ,
Rev. Dave Hobbs
LDM for Camps and Christian Formation