It has been a great summer camp ministry adventure in 2017 with unspeakable joy, new relationships, and the Holy Spirit accomplishing so much in our lives.
Shaktoolik, AK: In June our team of Susan Lubiens, Elias Alba, Josh Curtis, Danielle Griggs, Jake Lugo, and his sister Claire Lugo joined myself to launch Breakaway of the North (VBS) on the Bering Sea. Bringing the Gospel while sharing hope and joy with hundreds of Eskimo children and families. Fourth of July included games and rides on the Iditarod, with sharing music with a team from Washington. Bonfires, swimming, and fishing were part of the activities that led 12 youth to invite Christ into their lives. Kudos to these Bayside HS students who exceled in bringing the Gospel to western Alaska. College student Elias Alba made a video of our activities, while also leading a young children’s small group.
Koyuk, AK: Our first Breakaway of the North for this village as Jake Lugo, Claire Lugo , and myself where we ministered to 86 children and youth. Participated in July 4th games while enjoying salmon picnic and fresh picked blueberries. Youth made blankets that were given to local grandmothers, one of which who had just returned from a hospital in Anchorage. Ten youth invited Christ into their lives. Fun activities were bonfires, swimming, and exploring the Alaska wilderness on a ATV.
Covenant Bible Camp, AK: We were able to fund a scholarship program for this camp that allowed additional Eskimo youth to attend. 320 Eskimo children and youth attended this camp from more than 30 Eskimo villages, where 41 children accepted Christ into their lives.
Liberty Church, Potosi MO: A small church needed assistance in their VBS. We were able to fund their program in early August and provide the same crafts we used in Alaska. 91 children and adults participated in this Breakaway with 49 children inviting Christ into their lives. Kudos to CP Crystal Borden for a great week despite her being hospitalized at the end of Breakaway week.
Men’s Roundup: Nestled in the Black Hills near Mt. Rushmore, we ministered to 14 youth at Camp Judson with the help of Jack Lugo and Kim O-Daniel. Seventy-five men and youth came to learn and be enriched at the Roundup that uses cattle ranching to finance this summer camp for 450 children who came in 2017. Holy Cow Project has now raised $800,000 for this camp. We used Breakaway lessons with a Saturday in-door skeet shooting and basketball games. Using prayer journals and youth Bibles, our youth succeeded in learning Bible verses and conquering Bible challenges. We concluded our weekend with fishing gear as prizes, a communion service atop a mountain ledge overlooking the camp lake, and a review of our Bible lessons.
To my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ I say…however, whenever, wherever. For He knows the plans and we merely follow at His inspiration (Jeremiah 29:11)
Roger Lubiens, Summer Camp Leader