July was such a busy month because of Camp Contact!
During July we began with several very intense days of prep for Camp. We had to finish all the decorations and get all the little things that you forget about until the last minute finished. We were all so ready for Camp to start, but were also pretty shocked that it was time already!
The first week, we had groups from Impact Church of Christ from Houston, TX, Brentwood Oaks Church of Christ in Austin, TX, and Lake Cities Church of Christ from Trophy Club, TX come to be mentors and teachers for the children. The second week, McKnight Crossings Church of Christ from St. Louis, MO, Southern Oaks from Chickasha, OK, Poteau Church of Christ from Poteau, OK, La Grange Church of Christ from La Grange, TX, and Canadian Church of Christ from Canadian, TX brought mission teams, and the third week we had teams from Chandler Street Church of Christ from Kilgore, TX, Pine Tree Church of Christ from Longview, TX, Ninth & Elm Church of Christ from Orange, TX, Pleasant Valley Church of Christ from Little Rock, AR and Blanchard Church of Christ from Blanchard, OK. All together, we had about 300 people travel to Contact to be a part of Camp Contact and mentor the Contact kids. We are so thankful and grateful for the hard work they put in!
As a team, we were so thankful to have around 90 kids attend Camp every day. They were able to attend Bible class, memory verse class, Act-It-Out (theater class), Buddy Time (relationship building), Crafts, and Games every day. They learned all about how different people in the Bible encountered God and learned that God’s love is sweeter than anything else on earth!
One of the other important parts of Camp was our reading time. Each day, the kids read with their mentors and worked through books on their individual reading level. The kids were able to work through about 6 books each, and at the end of the three weeks they got to take their books home to keep. We had a Children’s Librarian from our local library come every Monday and read to the kids. The Librarian read for about 25 minutes each day she was here, and the kids really benefited from hearing books being read to them as well as reading them. We are hopeful that the children are learning that not only is reading fun, it is extremely important to their futures.
Children can leave school on level in their reading and return to school below level, so we wanted to get as many books into their hands as possible. One of the best ways to stay on level in reading is simply to read more and ask more questions, so we are thankful the kids were able to read at Camp Contact! We are also so grateful to our community library and very happy that they were able to loan us their Children’s Librarian!
Now that Camp is over, we are really trying to focus on following up with the children and families that came to Camp. We don’t want our influence to be a one time thing, and we want them to not only see us as a great resource, but also come to know Christ and know His power in their lives.