What did summer camp look like for you? For most kids, it means playing games outside, building craft projects, and of course, singing plenty of camp songs.
For kids in Triumphant Mercy’s summer camps, things are just about the same. Most of the camps are in Lebanon, so the context might be different, but the camps still focus on fun activities and building relationships.
It’s not all fun and games, however. Nuna of Triumphant Mercy says the camps are the only opportunities some kids have to experience the Gospel firsthand. Rather than focus on kids who have no education to speak of, the camps are open to anyone who has time to attend. After all, most local schools don’t share the Gospel in class. That makes vacation time pivotal in reaching local kids with Christ’s message.
By focusing on vacation times and an annual schedule, Triumphant Mercy has the chance to use regularity to form relationships. “Every year, we try to do this so that we can build on people,” she says.
It’s all part of a mission that builds community from a Gospel foundation.
“The people who are [providing] all these activities are all believers, they all love God, and they all want to see a change in the world,” Nuna says. “Embracing or loving or accepting a child that’s a bit different or just showing acts of mercy and acts of kindness, all this is a way of spreading the Gospel.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Alex Anhalt