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Rain in the forecast?  Never fear!  Simon Says is here! 

The game of Simon Says is not a new game. In fact, many of us played it as kids and you either loved it or hated it. In the old version of Simon Says, if you made a mistake what happened? You were OUT! I am a visual learner, so I was always one of those kids that got out first. I was quick to follow what Simon did, rather than what Simon said. So I was familiar with the “walk of shame” after you realized you had made a mistake and then had to leave the game, usually with your head down in disappointment.

As trainers and educators, don't we want our participants to learn from their mistakes? Don't we want to give them opportunities to try again and not to make the same mistakes?  

My colleague, Scott Gurst, and I put together a training video of a new version of Simon Says with new rules. We filmed a training video to share with YOU, so you could watch, learn and have the confidence to lead this amazing activity.  It has been uploaded to YouTube as a free resource for any and all facilitators, trainers and educators. The video has both of us as Simon, as our styles are very different. It's a great way to see how you can adapt Simon to fit your own facilitation style.

Please watch it as many times as needed to become a confident Simon!  Here is a link to the video:  

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RewIoHJ9RdM

 

Introduction:

  • Here are the basic rules to this new version of Simon Says:
  1. No one is out; if you make a mistake just give yourself a point.  Everyone will keep track of their own points in their head.

 

2. Simon will give commands; only follow the commands if the statement is prefaced by “Simon Says….”

 

3. Flinching totally counts as a point. 

 

4. The game begins with this statement, “Simon says the game has officially begun” and ends with, “Simon says the game is officially over.”  The game will continue the entire time between those two statements.

 

  • Demonstrate the commands/positions you will do in the game, like put your left hand up, etc.

 

  • Make sure everyone in the room knows the basic rules to Simon Says.
  • Take questions from participants

 

“Simon says the game has officially begun.”

 

 

 

Michelle Cummings M.S. is the Big Wheel and founder of Training Wheels, a known leader in the Team Development industry.  She is an accomplished author and is a sought-after speaker and consultant on leadership, teambuilding, and experiential learning. Michelle has created a wide variety of facilitation, debriefing and teambuilding activities that have collectively changed the way trainers and educators work.

Programing Resources - Arts and Crafts from Recycling - CCI-Albania - Rachel Wilson

Posted by Dan Bolin on OP9er @ 21:53

Those of us working in developing countries know very well the challenges involved with doing crafts and arts at our camps, let alone the expense. Yet at the same time we see how valuable it is that children express themselves through art and that we embed/re-enforce the lesson at hand. When thinking back to my own school days, I remember the craft application lessons as opposed to theoretical heaps of information. If we want to create memorable lessons that have an affect on our campers, then arts and crafts have to have their place in our camp programs.

Rising above the challenges of lack of finances and not being able to pop down to a local “hobby craft” store or finding international online craft suppliers, I have looked to what is around me and free for the taking: TRASH! Yes, recycling!

What are our camp kitchens turning out most days—cartons, tins, lids, jars, bottles? What are the children consuming at their camp tuck (snack) shop—wrappers, cans, lolly sticks? What are our offices throwing away—paper, old cds/dvds, empty pens? What is around us in nature at our camps—sand, shells, stones, pines, leaves?  All can be used in our camp arts and crafts with a bit of imagination and thought and can cut our craft activity bill by the ‘bin loads’(sorry about the pun!). In the past I’ve also asked campers to bring a certain old item, like a pair of jeans, or asked churches to collect certain objects.

 

Here are some of my personal favorites: 

 

 

Here are some universal principles as to why to include arts and crafts in your camp program and why using recycling material is the way forward:

1. Our God is a Creative God. There is something about being creative though arts and crafts that heightens our learning. Jesus Himself oozed creativity. He didn’t recite great truths of the Talmud; rather, He spoke with the homespun style of a storyteller and connected to the towns, places and earthly things around him with heavenly realities.

According to Miller, P. (2001) Learning styles: The Multimedia of the Mind, statistics show that with Visual-Auditory-Kinesthetic sensory learning styles, 29 percent of all students in elementary and secondary schools are visual learners, 34 percent learn through auditory means, and 37 percent learn best through kinesthetic/tactile modes. Other studies say as much as 50% of students learn best by “doing,” thus highlighting the fact that we need arts and crafts as apart of our camp learning programs.

(Another helpful book: Michael Card’s book, Scribbling in the Sand: Christ and Creativity, shows powerfully, that creativity rightly conceived is a response to God; it is worship.)

2. Crafts from recycling, goes without saying, is good for our God-given environment.

3. Crafts from recycling teaches children the valuable lesson in being resourceful in our “throw- away world.”

4. Crafts from recycling helps us be good stewards of what God has given us.

 

It’s time to get creative! Let’s program more arts and crafts into our camps, aided by recycled materials and enjoy seeing the results our campers being further impacted by our great, creative God.

 

Helpful links:     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBEF0ZwAurQ

                        http://www.favecrafts.com/Earth-Day-Crafts/16-Recycle-Crafts-for-Kids

                        https://www.pinterest.com/apple6790/random-crafts-to-waste-some-time/

                        https://www.pinterest.com/lmt/crafts-out-of-recycled-materials/

 

 

Rachel Wilson is a missionary and the executive director of Spark Ministries (Shkëndijë), founded in Albania in 2000. Her vision is to reach Albanian children and help others do the same. Adventure Camps during summer months is one of her main focuses.

 

In South Africa we do not have long summer holidays, so most camping happens on weekends. We have found that many church leaders want time with their members to achieve their vision objectives.

So, we aim to provide the perfect location for churches and other ministries to realize their vision. We offer an environment where all distractions are removed, and they are able to concentrate on their prime objective.

These weekend “goals” include evangelism, team training, Bible study, vision planning, prayer and thanksgiving, fasting, Alpha weekends, marriage weekends, leaders retreat, etc. We provide an attractive environment and clean, functional facilities equipped with everything necessary for comfort. We offer great food and a variety of venues equipped to suit every program, supported by a team dedicated to the comfort and spiritual growth of every guest.

Our vision is based on the following key principles:

  • The Lord first.

This is the most crucial aspect of any ministry. We strive to seek His face on every issue and acknowledge Him in all we do. Our project is His project first, and we look to Him to bless both our guests and ourselves. Every aspect of this ministry is covered by prayer.

  • The venue must attract customers.

It is so important that the venue is appealing and able to provide all attendees with an environment that does not detract from the ministry they are receiving during their stay. It needs to be a beautiful part of God’s creation that is conveniently located and lovingly maintained, providing “fit for use” facilities that are appropriate to the guests needs. It does not need to be luxurious, but everything must work and be clean. Small things make a big difference to guests – strategically placed benches, private areas for contemplation, and extras like beverages available all day. Food is very important, both quality and quantity, and this is the most noticeable way to satisfy guests.

The overall impression must be that the atmosphere points guests to our God and Creator. This is difficult to define in business management terms, but in the spiritual realm, the Holy Spirit uses what we make available to work in the hearts and lives of those we serve. We often hear people say, “I could feel the presence of God the moment I set foot on this property.” That is our desire.

  • The staff have servant hearts resulting in guests feeling valued.

Everybody needs to be committed to the Lord personally and in their work situation. The board needs to be committed to the vision and provide support and encouragement down the line. Management needs to have servant hearts and a love for people that shines through everything they do. All staff members need to be involved in what I like to call our “generosity mentality,” where we “under promise and over deliver.” We should aim to surprise guests by our acts of kindness and thoughtfulness and by offering the best service possible—beyond their expectations.

 

 

Grant Caw, 60, is a board member and founder of HeronBridge Retreat and HeronBridge College in Johannesburg, South Africa. Grant is also a teacher, builder, property valuer, school developer, entrepreneur, past CCSA chair and totally committed to the value of camping ministry.

www.heronbridge.co.za

www.heronbridgecollege.co.za

Residential camps have some distinct advantages. They have key tools that can make the outcome of whatever event tremendously effective.

Before talking about the tools, let’s mention that fact that a camp without clear vision, philosophy, and stated goals is floating on choppy waters. Operating on each staff member’s perspective of what should be done in any given circumstance results in instability and confusion. These issues should be refreshed in the mind of the staff yearly.

Even though we are a more rustic residential camp at L’Arcada, many groups choose to come here instead of going to a much more established facility.  Churches, groups or individual campers that come once usually come back. They have said many times to us, “Wow, you do a lot with little.”

We believe this is due to several factors:

  • A ready and willing godly staff who are clear on and wholeheartedly agree with the mission, the philosophy, and the goals of the camp. A staff that starts on the same page should see a growing impact over the years.
  • Planned living facilities to make the most impact in lives; in other words, being purposeful about the number of children, youth, or adults per cabin. Many of the secular camps in Spain will house 20 campers with one counselor. A better ratio would be seven or eight to one counselor. At L’Arcada we endeavor to put eight campers with a counselor along with a young person learning to become a counselor because our goal is to love and serve each camper.
  • Activity options that are fun but also used as outdoor classrooms. These activities need to be kept up and renewed regularly. This encourages campers to return.  
  • Planned communication zones—benches, etc.—where people can sit and talk about life’s challenges and scriptural answers. Time together creates relationships that lead to life decisions.
  • Well-equipped meeting areas that are varied in size to meet varied needs. At our camp these are tents of different sizes—but well-equipped tents.
  • Food service that is planned for the particular group, culture, or program. Flexible and quality food service adds greatly to a flexible and quality program.
  • Quality is very important in a residential camp. And quality is in the details and in hard work.  Lazy staff members do not invest well eternally and will never produce quality programs.

Overall, residential camps have many tools that help them challenge the people they minister to for the glory of God.

 

 

David and Debbie have lived in Spain for 37 years working in church planting ministries with the L’Arcada Foundation Camps in the Pyrenees Mountains. They are leaders and teachers in their local church in Girona, Spain.  David also serves with CCI-SPAIN and the board of CCI Worldwide.    

I had the privilege of growing up every summer at a Christian camp in Ontario, Canada, where my parents served as key volunteers for 30 years. It was my home away from home. I love the impact of Christian camping in a residential setting and have committed my life to this ministry.

Adventure is a core part of going to camp. Whenever you have unknown outcomes, you have adventure, and there are lots of unknown experiences when you go to camp. What will it be like? Who will be there? Yes, adventure is a natural part of camp.

But I like taking adventure to the next level, and for me, that usually means heading off to the wilderness where the degree of adventure significantly increases. Some of the best personal learning experiences of my life have been on canoe trips, and Ontario is world-renown for its wilderness waterways. On canoe trips I have learned to push my personal limits physically, stretch my mental abilities of decision-making, and increase my social skills of successfully living in community – all while encountering first-hand the majesty of God’s creation. Canoe trips have literally changed my life for the good.

I also love to lead adventure experiences where I can help others grow too. Let me share with you one story of a canoe trip that resulted in significant learning for one young lady. Although this trip was only four days long, the circumstances were difficult for the entire group. The first day we fought a headwind up a large lake, stopping on a beach where we battled swarms of biting insects – mosquitoes, black flies and sandflies.

The next day it rained, and by the time we reached our campsite, we were all wet and tired - and more biting insects greeted us. We were all uncomfortable, but throughout the first two days, one particular girl continually complained, making it even more difficult for the rest of the group. We all tried to encourage her, but nothing seemed to help.

On the third day when it was still drizzling, I took her aside to speak with her about her attitude. I spoke with her about a life principle: we can’t always choose our circumstances, but we can always choose how we will respond to them. With God’s help, she could choose to have a good attitude if she wished. All through the rest of that day she had a complete change in attitude. She was learning to choose joy regardless of her circumstances. I seriously doubt if she would have ever learned this life-changing lesson in the comfort of her home environment.

Here are a few concluding thoughts about the power of adventure experiences:

  1. Adventure experiences remove people from their comfort zones and that helps them become more aware of areas where they need to grow.
  2. Skilled leaders can enhance adventure experiences to help people learn from them.

Adventure experiences truly have the power to change lives.

Bruce Dunning is the Executive Director of Medeba in Ontario, Canada and serves on the board of CCI Worldwide. He recently published “God of Adventure” showing the biblical basis for adventure as a teaching tool.

Vision Casting - Without A Vision, The People Perish - Sharon Fraess - CCI Canada

Posted by Dan Bolin on OP10er @ 22:08

When I first started in camp ministry, all a camp leader needed was a passion for spreading the gospel and a love for children.  Now it seems that camp leaders are expected to be knowledgeable in business, finance, law, taxation, motivation, human resources, and so much more. It is easy to feel overwhelmed and wonder if we are where God really wants us to be. The Bible says in Proverbs 29:18a, “Without a vision the people perish.” When we do not have a clear vision for our camp ministry, it is easy to lose focus and feel defeated or inundated. 

I define vision as the comprehensive statement telling the leaders of the camp what their purpose is, what direction they should head and what goals they should accomplish.  In essence, what they could and should be.

When campers come to our archery range, we do not just point to a field and tell them to go ahead and enjoy the activity - we identify the vision: using the bow, shoot the arrow from the starting line into the target.  In the same way, our camp ministry needs a clear definition of the way things ought to be.

How do you determine the vision for your camp? 

Usually this is not a quick process but takes some time. Start by observing and reflecting. Spend time in prayer asking God to show you His purpose for your camp.  What are you currently doing that you do with excellence (better than anyone else)? What are your collective abilities, gifts, limitations and dreams? What are existing and potential strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats? What buildings, open spaces and activities do you currently have?  How do people interact with each other? 

Ask for input from all those involved with the ministry. Find out their observations and reflections. Include them in the process.

Allow yourself to dream big!

Write down your thoughts and ideas.  As you spend time in prayer and reflection, goals and purposes will begin to emerge. You want the vision to be clear, tangible, and concise.  Clear – is it easily understood or does it continually require interpretation? Tangible – can people grab hold of it? (Avoid impressive or spiritual language).  Concise – can it be communicated in one or two sentences?  The vision for the camp must be persuasive and compelling. Are you excited to share the vision? Do people get excited about the direction of the camp when they hear the vision?

The last step in vision casting is to communicate the vision.  This is sometimes the hardest step.  Make sure that you give ample time to allow those involved in your camp to buy into the vision, and provide training and support so they can accomplish the vision. Be available to answer questions and get excited with them about where God is leading your camp.

Without a clear vision, our campers at archery would be shooting arrows every which way, injuring each other and being completely ineffective. When they understand their direction and goal (hit the target), they are much more successful in completing the task. 

 

 

 

Sharon Fraess is wife, mom to three adult children, administrator at Birch Bay Ranch since 1992, and National Director of CCI/Canada since 2011. Her two best decisions in life were made at five years old - to serve the Lord with her whole heart, and in 1988 - to marry her hero and husband, Darryl.  Sharon has a passion for sharing the gospel and loves working with people.

 

“What is God accomplishing through our camp ministry?” “How can our camp uniquely advance the Christian mission and the establishment of God’s kingdom?” These are the questions that fascinate us.

Visions are to be received:

            •           God’s vision is to be given to us. Sadly, since our sinful nature is begotten at birth, we have a tendency to mislabel our plans as part of God’s vision. Thus, one needs to reflect and speak prudently and humbly about vision. This is of the greatest importance for a camp director and staff. One’s being—that we are sinners saved and transformed to serve—is our main identity. Doing that is not rooted in this reality of being is merely empty activity.

            •           Collect and analyze information about the camp’s past and present to discern the future. Research the history of one’s organization and interview predecessors about the founder’s thoughts and past situations. Take a good look at the whole picture and grasp the changes that took place from ten or twenty years ago. By doing so, you will see God’s handiwork and begin to understand what has been cherished at your camp,

            •           On an extended time-line, draw the future of your camp in the context of the larger picture. While praying with a humble and yet positive attitude, you will see how God might use the camp.

           

Receiving unique visions from God:

God, Giver of visions, is the omnipotent Creator. Our unique God transcends the boundaries of our thoughts. We are made in the likeness of God and are to become flexible and rich in ideas.

When we talk with many people, we learn that others have different and unexpected ideas, reflecting our uniqueness. It is helpful to visualize the diversity of ideas through group brainstorming and word webs.

During the brainstorming process, for example, someone may point out that the camp’s weakness is its remote location, as it is costly for the campers to travel far. However, this could also be its strength—there are people who love to come to places like this. Capturing it this way helps you find clues to practical strategies such as changing the methods of advertisement. Since “strength” and the “weakness” are two sides of the same coin, visualizing themes using the word map is effective.

 

Understanding the whole picture:

Through collaborative brainstorming, you will begin to grasp what must be done, and in what order, to materialize the future vision: What do you have to do first, in order to materialize the future vision? What are the second and the third things you must do? Is it recruiting new staff members? Expanding the facility? Enhancing the program? Enhancing the advertisement to recruit campers?

The financial needs for priority items must be budgeted and met. Clearly prioritizing these needs, as well as presenting the entire vision, is imperative in fundraising in order to gain the support and understanding of churches,

Unless we move forward step by step, we will not reach goals. By planning prudently and using limited resources effectively, one will begin to materialize the overarching vision that spans from the past into the present and the future 

He has made everything beautiful in its time

 

  

Yasushi Sato was saved as a junior-high student while a camper at ‘C-on Kinshuko’ Camp in northern Japan. Yasushi volunteered as a camp-worker during my college years, became a staff-member 33 years ago and have been serving as the camp director of ‘C-on Kinshuko’ Camp for the last 20 years

 

At camp, we love to reinforce the teachings of the Bible in a fun, high-energy atmosphere.

Often, we use the parables (Jesus was the master of teaching in parables) to impress the campers in ways that often lead to transformation in their lives through the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 7:24-29 records the parable of the wise and foolish builders. Simply paraphrased, two men build houses. One wisely builds on rock, but the other foolishly builds on sand. When a storm comes, the house on the rock stands firm while the house on the sand is completely destroyed.

As responsible leaders in camping, we must periodically engage in a reflective self-assessment of factors affecting our ministry. To achieve best results, we need to encourage an environment of ongoing dialogue with all stakeholders. This allows for idea gathering and feedback, as well as helping maintain a good record-keeping system that captures key data in areas of usage and maintenance.

There are tools that exist to guide the self-analysis processes. I would like to share one that was introduced at a recent devotional during our conference, using R.O.C.K. as an acronym to assist in the assessment process.

A situational analysis of the relevance and effectiveness of our programs and facilities would start with an assessment of our:

Realities – Consider your human, physical (location, buildings, and equipment), financial resources, activities and experiences. Do not be too modest; there are many thanksgiving opportunities herein. List your characteristics (eg. we are connected to the community).

A process of inward reflection will involve key players within your team.

Opportunities – Cast a wide net for the external assessment. Think about future trends, funding opportunities, demographics, physical environment, events as well as legislation. What feedback are you getting from stakeholders?

Challenges – Camping is not immune to outside events and forces. Evaluate anything that adversely affects your performance and achievement of goals. In many regions today, we need to train our eyes on new legislation that may impede camp and program development.

Keys – What has God placed in your hand? Quite often, when we apply the evaluation tools offered by the business world, we miss our calling and our faith eyes may be blinded. We often will not see the abundance of God’s grace enumerated anywhere, yet we all survive plainly by it.

In the camp context—just like in the call of Moses to be deliverer of Israel—we could be tempted to give excuses or overlook talent and gifting that make our camp setting uniquely different and count in the positive impact in the lives of our users.

This assessment is important in developing recommendations and action plans that would ensure continued efficient use of resources to provide beneficial program outcomes.

The storms will surely come. Our camps need to be set on the ROCK.

 


Charles Wahome Mwai serves as current Chair of the Board of African Christian Camping/CCI Eastern Africa. He is married to Evelyn, and they have two children, Mwai (12) and Mumbi (8). Charles He is passionate about camping and the unparalleled context it provides for the social, physical, emotional and spiritual growth of young people. Charles has his training in Hospitality with a Diploma in Hotel Management. Charles and Evelyn operate Wendo Retreat & Arboretum, located on the outskirts of Kenya’s rift valley town of Nakuru.

 

“May they also be one in Us, so the world may believe You sent Me.” John 17:21a 

To be “one” takes time and intentionality. To work in unity with others is God´s idea, because He lives in community. He created us to trust and work with others. God designed relationships that provide fullness, unity, and diversity, but our enemy destroyed this design separating men from God, from himself, from neighbors and creation. Through cross-cultural camp ministry, we recuperate God’s design for local campers, local camp staff and visiting helpers.

Like camp, life is all about relationship. My father used to say, “If you want to know someone fully you have to eat 100 pounds of salt together.” I responded, “It could take me a whole life,” and he replied, “That´s exactly what I mean.” God created us to enjoy relationships that last our whole life. It takes time but also intentionality.

Cross-cultural camp ministry creates relationships between host and guest teams that develops a vivid experience of community and family. Guest team members that visited a country 10 years ago can continue in communication with their new friends and even visit them after the program. That is what Pastor Pedro Magallón from Panama has experienced with a team leader from a camp in the US after four years of partnering with their church. Two years after the cross-cultural camp program finished Pastor Pedro told me: “We are now good friends. We keep in touch by Facebook and by e-mail at least once a month. We share prayer request and ministry experiences.”

One of the benefits of cross-cultural camp ministry is that we create bridges to show love, share faith, and give hope to campers. Many campers have experienced an encounter with Jesus through our cross-cultural leadership team who showed them love, faith and hope. They also witness the unity of the body of Christ in the midst of cultural diversity by being served in one language - Jesus. And this gives glory to God.

Another benefit of cross-cultural camp ministry is building up the body of Christ together and equipping the church by developing leaders. Jim Plueddemann said, “Mission is the cross-cultural task of making disciples of Jesus. Taking the risk to cross-cultural leadership development is at the heart of world missions.” The global church has the challenge to work in unity and in harmony. And to make it happen, a cross-cultural understanding and appreciation of the difference in leaders is essential.

Through cross-cultural camping ministry we expose our camp leaders (hosts and guests) to convey respect and understanding for people of other cultural contexts. This leadership development is characterized by getting people to work together, maximizing the leadership of others, and leading in crisis together. Provide the blessing to work under leadership of another culture and learn to be a follower in Christian camping.

The third benefit is participation in the development of a biblical practice of hospitality. As we read from Duane Elmer, hospitality is extending love to those we don´t know and who may be of a different ethnic or cultural history. This requires the exercises of servant leadership, which starts with openness. Elmer said, “A true servant leadership is characterized by hospitality, one who welcomes and embraces those who are unlike us, just as Jesus embraced us across our radical differences.”

The challenge of cross-cultural camping ministry (based on Duane Elmer) includes:

-       Serving: You can´t serve someone you don´t understand.

-       Understanding: You can´t understand another person until you have learned from them and, eventually, with them.

-       Learning: You can´t learn from another person until you have built trust with them.

-       Trust: You can´t build trust with another person until they feel like they have been accepted by you – until they feel that you value them as human beings

-       Communicating: You can´t communicate values and esteem to others unless they feel welcomed into your presence and find themselves feeling save – openness.

-       Openness: Being open with people of another culture requires that you willingly step out of your comfort zone to initiate and sustain relationships in a context of cultural differences.

Cross-cultural camping ministry provides an opportunity to build bridges with campers, build up the body of Christ by developing their leaders, and exercise servant leadership through biblical hospitality. We have a challenge to eat 100 pounds of salt in cross-cultural camping ministry and enjoy the blessing of being one in Jesus, so the world may believe God sent Him.

 

Robert Brunneau has been the executive director of CCI-Latin America since 2001 and prior to that, was a board member beginning in 1995. He is part of an executive team of six full time staff who are spread out in five countries (Argentina, Panama, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Honduras). This team is responsible to assist in the leadership development of eight national teams through camping resources, international events, training curriculum and conferences for camping professionals. 

There are four common mistakes people make when they are part of a short-term missions team at a camp. Most of these misplaced expectations are easily adjusted when you learn what they are and what to do instead.

First, thinking we know what to do. Western camping leaders are experienced and confident. Yet those very qualities can be a liability in another culture at first. Here’s why: philosophy is transferable; application is often not. We tend to blur the two until they are indistinguishable, which leads to the idea that, “I can duplicate my program overseas.” That approach usually fails. You must fit their context. First be a learner. Go in listening. Use your experience to help them craft the necessary components to achieve their vision. ("Do not be wise in your own estimation.” Rom. 12:16

Second, giving money too soon. The recipient will not likely be accustomed to handling much money; it will place temptation in their path before management skills, trust, and accountability are established. As a result, one of three things will happen: 1) the money will be misspent; 2) you will create a false affiliation based on money rather than relationship; 3) the recipient will change—their soul charmed by a new love. This will jeopardize the future.  ("There is an appointed time for everything." Ecclesiastes 3:1)

Also, making promises, either with good intentions or unknowingly. You will probably not be able to keep them all, and you might be remembered as untrustworthy, or having given false hope. Even non-promises are taken as promises in places where the need—and your perceived wealth—are great.

  • What they said: "We need sports equipment."
  • What you said:  "Maybe we can help."
  • What they heard: "We're for sure coming back with lots of new free sports equipment."

Best practice: Clearly state that you cannot promise any items; you came to learn about the ministry, meet the leadership, and pray about further involvement. ("For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified." 1 Corinthians 2:2)

Finally, assuming it’s about facilities; it's really about people. The future of missions is the equipping of indigenous leaders in their homeland. Invest first in people, not things. In training, not facilities.Resist the temptation to focus on property too soon. What is in the heart can never be confiscated. Memorize this guiding phrase: Relationship Before Resources. ("…these entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also."  II Timothy 2:2)

 

Dan is Executive Director of Global Outreach Group, a ministry that trains Christian camping leaders worldwide. A former camper, counselor, and camp director himself, Dan has trained leaders from more than 30 countries since 1996.

To discuss these, and other principles for “going well,” Dan invites you to contact him.

ddegroat@GlobalOutreachGroup.org

www.GlobalOutreachGroup.org

903 659 6508 USA office

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