This summer Vestavia Hills UMC held VHUMC’s Missionary Kids Camp 2010 with 58 elementary-school aged servants, seven adult chaperones and two youth chaperones.
The first day began as the group visited the Explorations In Antiquity Center in LaGrange, GA, which is a living museum of life in ancient times. Through archeological replicas, Biblical meal presentations, lectures, and other personal experiences, ancient Middle Eastern life became real for those who participated. At the Center, the group was able to step back into time and sit in an authentic goat hair tent, see tombs like those in which Abraham and Jesus were buried and catacombs like those early Christians used for worship. They visited a village and city gate area to see what life was like 2000 years ago and also ate an authentic Passover Meal much like that which Jesus ate at the Last Supper.
The second day of Missionary Kids Camp began by taking time to clean and rake a historic cemetery in Homewood helping the group to see the need to honor and care for those who no longer walk this earth. After the morning outside work they came back to the church and learned about life in Panama and Bolivia from two missionaries from those countries. Then they were off to Oak Mountain Mission Ministries where the kids sorted, cleaned and prepared items to be distributed.
Rev. Ruth Grissom, Pastor of Elementary Ministries at Vestavia Hills UMC says, “VHUMC is grateful to have so many children who are concerned about the needs in their community and the world and also to have the opportunity to get to know other friends in Christ while we do it.”