Camp Brethren Ministries & David’s Hope had a busy year! We hosted seven trips of volunteers in Eburru in 2019 – ranging from full time missionaries, to building homes, providing for children with disabilities, building a library/meeting space for the Primary School, a nursing team that provided school physicals and vision testing, setting up athletic spaces, leadership training for the teachers, providing dental services, and supporting CBM’s annual pastors conference. Here are some brief highlights.
In 2019 our first two missionaries, Lindsey Greenwald and Rannveig Fredheim began working full time at Camp Brethren Ministries. Lindsey is a Physical Therapist and is working with the children with special needs at school and in the community. Rannveigh is a nurse and helps out in the clinic and directs the Child Sponsorship program. They both wear many hats and are the hands and feet of Jesus to the Camp Brethren community.
In March we built our first Paradigm Foundation home in Eburru and we are close to finishing the second hope home. We are encouraged by how the Lord is showing his love and care for these families through the provision of the house, but also seeing people convicted to seek the Lord and coming to faith through the process. We praise God that the children that Nancy cares for are now all attending school (thanks to your sponsorships!), but also that her oldest grandson has surrendered his heart to the Lord. The second home is underway for Monica and her family. We look forward to dedicating this home in person on our trip in February 2020! Please join us in continuing to pray for both families, for the builds planned in 2020 and the construction team as the Lord continues to shine his light and show his love through home construction in Eburru!
A team of 7 from MBC Arlington and Montgomery County campus visited Camp Brethren Ministries with a focus on ministering to the children with disabilities and their teachers and families. A two day VBS was held along with visits to homes and some planned times of respite for the families. It was a time of encouragement for all as God blessed their time together.
MBC Tysons Family Team (10 adults/13kids) served the Lord at Camp Brethren by completing some projects designed to create resourceful, inviting and well-lit space for the students and faculty at CBCM. A beautiful reading and study space with multi-media capabilities was added, as well as seats for the school chapel and the team provided uniforms for the high school sports teams.
Nursing students from Mississippi visited Camp Brethren Ministries to perform students physicals and do vision testing.This team comes each year to perform physicals for the students and run free clinics.The free clinic met needs for people who could not afford to get medical care any other way. “This year the team was able to provide glasses for 19 students and build a relationship with the Kenya Lions Club who will be able to meet further vision needs in the future in this area, thus providing another layer in self-sustaining ministry. Each of our lives was changed as God provided for all of our needs and we felt the love of the Kenyans with whom we came in contact.” Sally Pearson, team leader
Steve and Roxana Hudson led the MBC Prince William team for their 9th year. This team focused on education, spending time in faculty support training, leading student chapels and partnering with Crossover Ministry in teaching the sport of basketball and training students in evangelism. Crossover uses the game of basketball as an evangelistic tool for sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ and it uses the actual lines on the basketball to show students how they can share with their friends how to cross over from death to life by the cross of Christ. John 5:24. The team did 5 sessions with classes 7-8 in the primary school and Forms 1 & 2 in the high school, approximately 180 students, who now know how to share the gospel with their friends. The students loved both the game skills and the evangelistic tools.
MBC Arlington campus sent a team of 7, including 5 men, over to Eburru in August to lead a Pastor’s Conference. Many obstacles stood in the way of this conference but the team persevered and the conference was a blessing to all who took part. It was a daily reminder that “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 Many prayers were answered over the course of the time the team spent at Camp Brethren. The team attended a revival and was inspired to see the Lord worshiped through the eyes of another culture. Many opportunities were had to minister to the men of the community through volleyball and soccer games played, the gospel shared and teaching on what it means to be a man of God. Vacation Bible School was also held along with a retreat for the teachers.
A team of 14 from MBC Prince William and Arlington campuses spent 11 days in Eburru serving the local community. They conducted 6 full days of medical and dental clinics, serving 273 clinic patients and 525 dental patients. When they were not conducting clinics, they were able to participate in multiple church services and home visits. Through the many varied avenues of service 930 people heard the gospel and 17 people indicated a first time decision to follow Jesus Christ. The team mantra was “If you are not having fun, you are doing it wrong!” The team was truly blessed to be able to serve along side Camp Brethren Ministry.
In January 2018, a team from Northern Virginia hosted a team that did a vacation Bible school and a soccer camp for the kids at the Camp Brethren primary school.
In April, a team from the MBC Montgomery County campus will send a team focused on business training and evangelism.
In May, we are hosting a group who are exploring a potential partnership with DHI/CBM in construction missions.
In June, a team of a dozen nursing students from Mississippi will be working in the medical clinic.
July will bring a team of 5 families from Northern Virginia to serve in the school – including 11 kids aged 4-8.
A team from MBC Prince Williams campus will work in the school in late July.
In August, CBM will host its annual pastors conference, which will be supported by a team from MBC’s Arlington campus.
An additional team from the MBC Tyson’s campus will visit in August to do work in several areas, including business training, special needs, and evangelism.
In January, a small team of adults served at the school, teaching some classes, providing a vacation Bible school to children in the community not attending the CBM school, and spending alot of time with kids on the soccer field.
A McLean Bible Church (MBC) Tyson’s campus team served in late January and early February with a focus on helping the CBM school become a welcoming place for children with special needs. They also were able to finance the construction of a home for a family with a special needs child.
In March, a long-time DHI volunteer and repeat visitor to Eburru spent her spring break working with the school’s students in drama workshops and recording music. Another DHI volunteer and nurse spent her spring break serving at the CBM medical clinic in April.
A team of four went over for a vision-setting trip in late April – early May, which paved the way for an exciting agriculture business opportunity in Eburru and the miracle of internet access on the school campus!
In May and June, a team of nursing students and instructors from Mississippi worked in the medical clinic as part of a summer elective class opportunity, which combined work at Kijabi Hospital and in Nairobi.
MBC’s Prince William campus sent a team in July led by Steve and Roxana Hudson (for the 5th year!). They served at the school, led a teacher training seminar, organized vacation bible school activities at the school and helped to build a Hope house for a local Eburru family in need.
In August, MBC’s Arlington campus sent their fourth annual team to help Pastor Steve and Mary conduct their annual pastors conference. The team was also able to assist with a women’s conference and vacation Bible school.
In early September and December, we were privileged to host two groups of the MBC leadership for a few days in Eburru to learn about the ministry and the great impact the church’s teams are having.
Will you pray about whether God might be calling you to join a team this summer, to love and serve the people of Eburru in His name? What gifts and talents has the Lord given you that He might want you to put to use helping others get to know Him better?
If you are interested in organizing a team from your church or community, or joining another DHI team, please contact Scott Sweat at [email protected].