Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Springforth Youth Team 2017

Springforth Short-term Mission Team

As the sun rose over the Indian Ocean this morning, the Springforth youth team from Atlantic Canada gathered together for a communion service on the shores of Ukunda. It was a beautiful way to close this year’s Kamp Tumaini.


Hosting short-term volunteers is one of the great pleasures of our ministry in Africa, and this group was among one of our favourites. We are so glad that our three children were able to jump in and participate in the Kamp Tumaini program as members of the team.

The Springforth 2017 Youth Team
The Team Leaders
Adrian, Catherine, Renée, Aaron, and Erica

We will miss our daily drive along coconut groves, rice paddies, and the waving fields of sugar cane that took us to the village of Mivumoni. Over the five days of the kamp, we worked with approximately 450 secondary school students and the local Guardians of Hope members that are caring for thirty orphans in their community. 
Fields of rice on the way to Mivumoni
The road to Mivumoni Secondary School

Kamp Tumaini left a lasting impression on the people of Mivumoni who welcomed us all with gracious hospitality. We are so deeply grateful for the opportunity to partner together with the local church, school, and health services centre in making this program possible. 

During the kamps, songs, cheers, and laughter could be heard echoing through the village. Each day the youth built relationships as they shared stories and experiences with their groups. It was amazing to see bonds of friendship and love forming over these days together.

Eli and one of his campers
Jacob and Tristan with their Chui group
Brigette playing games under the trees with her group
Julia and Ava demonstrating "Steal the Buff"
Principal Bede and ABC Development Director, Geraldine Nduku.
One of the campers taking our Kamp mascot "Timmy" for a walk
Melora with her campers
Springforth leading worship

Bringing seventeen youth and leaders to Africa is no small thing -- we want to share our sincere gratitude to the many churches and individuals that contributed to this year's Kamp Tumaini. Together you have helped bring hope and encouragement to the Guardians of Hope beneficiaries in Mivumoni and in the lives of each one of these young people.

During yesterday's debrief time, it was incredible to listen to the stories of the team members as they shared what God was doing in their lives and of the impact the trip had had for each one of them. Over the coming weeks and months, many of them will be sharing about Kamp Tumaini and their experiences with churches and groups throughout Atlantic Canada. Together they are excited for what God is calling them towards in God's great mission of bringing hope and healing into the world.

Julia with her campers
Thank you for your prayers and support!

To learn more about Short Term Mission Opportunities with Canadian Baptist Ministries please check out our website here.







4 comments:

  1. Thank you, Lord, for these amazing young people and their leaders. Thank you for the work You have accomplished through them in Kenya. Bless each one as they travel back to their homes. Amen

    Thank you for sharing this with us. We are looking forward to hearing more from Brigitte when she gets home.

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  2. Thank you for sharing your experience with us via your blog. We pray for safety as you travel home and look forward to hearing more about this amazing experience from Brigitte at WBC.

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  3. Thank you for sharing your experience with us via your blog. We pray for safety as you travel home and look forward to hearing more about this amazing experience from Brigitte at WBC.

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