Christian camping is growing steadily throughout East Africa. It is a ministry that cuts through social, economic, and relational barriers, returning to the basics of the gospel and how God’s Word transforms us. This year, Musana was privileged to host the annual African Christian Camping conference, welcoming over 100 camping and youth leaders from eight countries mainly within East Africa. It was exciting to hear what God is doing and discuss ways to further build the Kingdom of God through camp ministry.
Whether hosting a retreat, counseling a staff member, teaching Sunday School, or running a youth camp, Musana Camps’ staff aim to lead people to encounters with God through His Word. We rejoice when we hear testimonies of heart transformation. One of our passions is to guide youth into their God-given roles as young men and women, using a dynamic program called ROPES (Rites of Passage ExperienceS). We believe that the outcome will be tremendous as these youth grow into leaders within Uganda. A camper from a recent ROPES camp said this:
“I sit here as a different person…You took us out there and taught us what trusting in God really means…I wasn’t very happy to be here; I made that very clear! But I am glad that I submitted, and the Lord has changed my life.”
The Lord blessed Musana in 2016 through the completion of numerous infrastructure projects. We have added several staff members while also sending key staff members for more training in camp leadership. We have hosted 875 campers and rejoice that many made commitments to Christ.
We are excited for 2017 and hope to:
- Develop camp programs including ROPES
- Finally opening our clinic – still need equipment
- Build needed staff housing – $50,000
- Build activity areas: basketball, volleyball, and climbing wall – $30,000
- Build a camp office – $80,000
Thank you to all who have been part the ministry here at Musana. We are incredibly grateful for the Lord’s provision, and could not be here without partners like you! We pray the Lord’s rich blessings on you as you look ahead to 2017.