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Paraguay Youth & Family Camp (91036)
Young Paraguayan student

It is with great enthusiasm that the young churches started by SIM missionaries in Paraguay are beginning to collaborate in joint ministry. One of these ministries is leading youth and family camps.

Up until the present, the camping ministry has been independent of context; in other words, venues have varied from renting existing camps, using church property, schools, and believers’ farms. While this has had its advantages in reminding everyone that Christian camping is not about a place but about people, the disadvantages abound as well. Existing campsites get booked; and church, school, and farm venues have different limitations due to the type of facility and size.

In light of this, the church leaders and the SIM Paraguay team together have agreed that a dedicated camp site for the camping ministry is both needed and strategic at this stage of church growth.

By God’s grace, generous gifts made possible a land purchase in 2010 and a group of believers from the various SIM related church plants is being gathered to serve as the steering committee. This committee will tackle the challenge of developing a culturally and economically relevant Christian campsite that will serve both rural and urban church plants.

The SIM Paraguay team plans to depend on this steering committee to make all decisions relating to the camp development. Utilizing church members, professional contractors and short-term work teams (both Paraguayan and foreign), the first phase of the camp will be built to accommodate at least 300 campers in rustic conditions.

In the meantime, camping ministry continues in its nomadic state, with an emphasis on training counselors and leaders in order to maximize the effectiveness of future camps for the benefit of the Body of Christ in Paraguay.

SIM is also also praying for a Camp Ministries Developer to facilitate both site and ministry progress in close relationship with local churches. Many on the SIM Paraguay team also have experience in camping ministries.

Overall, camping ministry continues to be an essential and timely strategy for impacting the youth of Paraguay for Christ and enabling existing and new church plants to combine their strengths in effective evangelism and discipleship.

If you or your church would like to partner in this Camp Ministry, please contact your local SIM Office.



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