Happy New Year everyone. What a great start to 2022 here in South Africa at Camp Rhino. We had 12 teenage boys trust Christ as their Savior during the first-ever boy’s only teen camp week. We also just finished the girl’s camp week and had 7 girls trust Christ. In total between the two groups, we had 142 campers.
We had to split the teen camp up this year and have separate camps because of space. We just don’t have enough dorms to house more than 120 at a time, and we are also short about 30 beds to max out the space we do have. With all the churches growing, this is a great problem to have.
Please pray with us concerning expenses for the camp. We currently need around $3000 to cover this year’s summer camps. This shortfall is a reflection of some good things that are happening. We have more camp staff than we’ve ever had before. Our counselor-to-camper ratio is much better this year. We also have a much better kitchen staff along with our working crews.
Right now we have 4 teenagers from our churches that are living full-time on the campus of Camp Rhino. These young people have experienced some pretty horrific things in their short lives. We believe the Lord is leading us in the direction to start a separate youth home for these kids and for more just like them. Every teen we have now has made a profession of faith and expressed a desire to live for the Lord. Pray as we move forward.
Please continue to pray for my wife’s ear surgery. She’s lost most hearing in her left ear. It’s a serious surgery that could improve her hearing or cause her to go completely deaf in that ear. We are hoping to have this surgery in the next month or so.
Camp has been great, and there are many opportunities for you to still be involved. We still need sponsors for many of the teen campers that have already enjoyed camp and also the junior campers who will be here next week. Every sponsorship given helps us pay the salaries of all our counselors and the extra kitchen staff we need for all our camps. It also aids in improving our camp facilities. You can sponsor a child for camp at $50 a person or give any offering to help towards our expenses.
I’m excited to announce that Jacob and Christen Clower have been accepted with VBM as missionaries to the country of Mozambique. During our survey trip with them, they believe God confirmed that was the place He wants them to minister. Please pray for them as they begin raising financial support.