Leading a summer camp for the children of Haiti
June 29 - July 7
This summer, Epiphany youth again will travel to Haiti to serve others, bringing the gift of Fèt Bondye, Bò Lanmè -- God's Party by the Sea -- to some 275 "poorest of poor" children in the Jacmel area. Epiphany will be joined by youth from Lutheran churches in Colorado and Nebraska, along with four college students in the Haitian Education and Leadership Program (HELP).
This summer is the fourth year that Epiphany youth have helped to bring this incredible VBS-like camp to the children of Jacmel. The camp theme will again be For the Care of All God's Creation, and we'll build on the 2012 experience with activity centers in Science, Bible and Storytelling, Games, Art, and Language Exchange. Epiphany has 18 camp leaders traveling to Haiti -- 14 youth and four adults.
For 2013, we will add improved water supplies for the children, providing each of them with their own water bottle to use each day of the camp, filled with clean water provided by Waters Without Borders. The water bottles, along with personal hygiene kits, will be given to the children to take home at the end of camp. Also this year, plans are to purchase and erect large tents in the field area to shield participants from the sun during the games activities and daily openings/closings. Breakfast and lunch is provided to the children each day, with a family lunch served on Thursday, July 4, the last day of the camp.
At camp's end, the Youth Servant Team will move to Port au Prince, staying in the dorms at St. Joseph's Home for Boys. From there, some youth will travel to Wings of Hope to serve residents of the home and others will visit the Central Plateau region to visit with families served by the Chemen Lavi Miyo project.
Epiphany youth will bring the message to Epiphany of their transformational trip during worship on Sunday, July 14.