Thirteen adults and three children from seven different Covenant churches came to help out at our June 3-4 work camp up at ABC. Most of them made it into the photo above. We were concerned about the possibility of heavy rain but it turned out to be perfect weather…. as you can see from the video below.
We had actually hoped to put in several days of work in April and May but the earthquake and tsunami disasters changed all of that as several of us were involved in making trips north. So we were actually just opening up the camp for the first time – getting water hooked up and flowing again, opening windows to let fresh air in, and cleaning up some of the mess that we had left last October 18th when we tore down a section of the old building (see post from last October). A retaining wall behind the chapel had been pretty severely damaged from ice and thawing as well as from the earthquake so we were able to complete the rebuilding of about 75% of that wall. The rest will be completed in a couple weeks.
We had some new folks join us for this camp – Kyoungho Park, his wife Joy, and their three daughters Hannah, Yuna, and Kristina came to ABC for their first time. They are recently arrived missionaries from Korea, serving at our Shin-Akitsu Covenant Church in Tokyo. They were a big help and their girls were a big hit! A quartet of 4 (two couples) from the Hiratsuka Covenant Church participated for the first time in work camp and they were skillful, full of energy and funny to be around. We had a lot of good laughs.
Thanks for praying about our upcoming camping season. There will be 6-7 camps happening from July 25 until the end of August. Our biggest prayer concern (besides getting the buildings in order and cleaned) is to have enough good volunteer help in the kitchen. We are also praying that God will use each camp….that each camper will have an opportunity to see God in a fresh and new way, and to commit their lives to the Lord. (report submitted by Tim Johnson)