Camp WOW’s stated mission is to Reach, Grow, and Send out students to impact the world for Christ. We do this primarily through our summer camp ministry. However, in an effort to expand our reach, we are developing programs to be intentionally missional in our work. Though in its infancy at this time, we hope Camp WOW missions will have a lasting and global impact. Currently, we are planning specific mission projects and helping to support those involved in missions throughout the world. If you have any questions about Camp WOW and our mission endeavors, please contact our Missions Coordinator, Jenna Kuhlman.
Lighthouse of Prayer Nicaragua Crusades
Lighthouse of Prayer Church, located in Arpelar, Oklahoma, travels annually to Nicaragua to minister the Gospel of Jesus Christ. God has opened the doors of public schools in Nicaragua, for the love of God to be shared. Lighthouse teams with local pastors and congregations for outreach in their communities and schools. Along with the Gospel, small gifts of rice packs, pencils or trinkets, and the Gospel of John pamphlets are given to students, parents and teachers. Our primary city for outreach is Matagalpa, Nicaragua. We have been building relationships with the pastors and others in the city for 8 years now!
Our typical summer missionary group is not limited to only members of the Lighthouse of Prayer. We welcome anyone who wants to join this mission of love. For the past 3 years Camp WOW has supported and joined Lighthouse in Nicaragua. We are so appreciative of Camp WOW and their support!
Update from July ’12 Nicaragua Trip
A group of 11 people traveled to Matagalpa and Matiguas, Nicaragua and shared the gospel in over 40 schools and had over 9,000 salvations! We joined several local pastors and churches and distributed 16,000 pens, 5400 bags of rice, and candy to students and members of the surrounding communities. We were blessed with safe travel and God had his hand on our whole group throughout the entire trip. We praise the Lord for opening the door for ministry in Nicaragua and the opportunity the work side by side with the Nicaraguan pastors. We appreciate all the prayer and support! God has already been using Camp WOW to reach campers with the Gospel and now He is using us to reach around the world! He is continuing to open the door for more ministry opportunities for Camp WOW Missions and staff. I can’t say how excited I am to be a part of God’s huge plan for camp and to see how he makes provision for us, as we are faithful to Him and His call to share the Gospel!
Camp WOW Missions Coordinator
Bobby & Kelli Higginbotham (Tacoma, WA)
Bobby and Kelli both served at Camp WOW for several years, with Bobby ultimately becoming our Assistant Director. In 2008, the Higginbotham’s left camp to enter the mission field by planting a church in Washington. Today, Bobby is the pastor of The Pathway, a church seeking to minister to the city of Tacoma, WA. They have a very difficult ministry as they minister to a predominantly un-churched community. For more information, go to http://www.thepathwaytacoma.com or email Bobby.
Stephen & Kristen Dirks (Thane, India)
Stephen and Kristen Dirks served as former Camp WOW staff and recently returned from serving for three month in India. Here is an update on how their trip went:
120 days came and went. Our departure date seemed like it closely followed our arrival date. We built many relationships, traveled throughout India, held VBS, started bible studies, and worked in hospitals throughout the Mumbai area. We saw God deliver people from years of sin and sadness. We witnessed people putting their faith and trust in God for the first and last time on their death bed. Kristen personally witnessed women working in the largest red light district in the world. She was able to assess and provide medical care as well as begin to build relationships for those working in the district daily to preach the gospel. As much as it was an informative and rewarding 3 months serving it helped to further build our desire to serve overseas in the future. God walked each step for us as a family and helped us to see how beautiful and natural it can be serving him on another continent. As for now we are staying home, state-side, and beginning to save and prepare for a longer term overseas. We ask for prayers in this next step in our lives.
Kristen & Stephen Dirks
Alycia Hawkins, Northern India
Alycia attended Camp WOW as a camper and later became a staff member and served during the summers from 2004 to 2007.
The Lord has opened the door for another opportunity to serve His nations, share His love, and praise His name. God’s continual calling in my life and His church body is humbling. 1 John 3:1 perfectly describes this love with, “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are”.
For almost 10 years now God has been sending a small team of believers every summer to the most Northern part of India. This team is made of doctors, nurses and non-medical personnel that have a passion to share their Love for Christ. Through God’s grace and perfect timing I have been given a spot to serve on the team.
We will leave July 19th and return on August 2nd. Once we arrive we will spend two days acclimating to the 11,000 ft. altitude and prepare for our 9-day trek in the Himalayas. During the trek we will set up medical clinics and pharmacies in the villages. I will rotate with the doctors and assist in assessing, diagnosing and treating the community. There will be native Indian Christians with us that will be doing most of the evangelizing, but we will be able to lift up the prayers and praises with the patients.
Most importantly I am asking for your prayers for this trip. We know through prayer God provides protection, peace and sustenance. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).
Please pray specifically for:
-The villages in the Himalayas that we will be serving.
-The team to be united in Christ and safe travels to India, while in India, and back.
-The altitude has been a problem for the team in the past, pray against altitude sickness for our team.
-The hearts of the people would be open to visitors as we first meet their medical needs and then their spiritual needs.
I would love to have your support during this time, both in preparation and while overseas. If you’re interested in supporting monetarily you can send checks to me at 5711 Preston Oaks Rd. Apt 1427 Dallas, Tx 75254.
Thank you for your prayers and support,
Kyle McCoy, Chiba, Japan
Kyle served at Camp WOW as a staffer from 2005 to 2007. He is currently attending Dallas Theological Seminary pursuing a Master’s Degree in Biblical Studies. Recently, Kyle spent time in Japan doing mission work. If you would like to read more about this trip, please click here. Thank you for all your prayer and support for Kyle’s trip.
We are always in need of your prayers and support! Please visit the “Missions We Support” for a list of various missions activities that you can be praying for. If you are interested in donating to Camp WOW Missions, please click on the button below.Missions Donations
Celebrate Jesus Festival, Nov. 17, 2012, South Texas
CELEBRATE JESUS FESTIVAL
Celebrate Jesus Festival is a cooperative effort of local churches and other mission groups to reach out to the people of the Rio Grande Valley in south Texas. The festival will be held in the Mercedes Livestock Showgrounds, November 17th, 2012. Over 300 churches and teams will set up booths where people can play games, or participate in other activities and some give away food and drinks. Everything is free! There will also be bands performing, as well as a drawing for bicycles and a car! Several times throughout the festival all activities will be put on hold and someone at every booth will share the Gospel. Anyone that receives Christ is directed to a discipleship room to meet with local pastors and invited to a church in the area. Last year, over 20,000 people attended the festival and there was a total of 3,100 salvations! Camp WOW Missions will be setting up a booth, giving away popcorn and snocones. The dates are November 16-18 and the cost is $50 plus two evening meals. If you are interested in going on this trip with us or would like more information, please contact Jenna Kuhlman.
Big Feed, Dec. 26, 2012, Matamoros, Mexico
The Big Feed is an event hosted by Way of the Cross Ministries in Matamoros, Mexico. We will be traveling the day after Christmas and returning the 30th. We will be working with about 200 other missionaries in the warehouse or working on the dump grounds in Matamoros preparing for the Big Feed. On the day of the event there will be close to 7,000 people coming to receive gifts, and a meal (cooked by us!) and to hear the gospel. Our group, along with other mission groups, will take turns working different stations like carnival games for kids, face painting, turning chicken on giant grates over fire, or handing out rice and water. It is incredible to see how God brings everything together for this event and how He provides no matter how many come!
Please pray about attending and for Camp WOW Missions and missionaries as we prepare and plan for this mission. And that lives will be reached with Gospel of Jesus Christ.
MedFest, January 16-22, 2013, Nicaragua
Medfest, January 16-22, 2013
Join us on this very unique mission experience! Along with Way of the Cross Ministries, Camp WOW Missions will head to Nicaragua, January 16-22, 2013 for a medical mission called Medfest. Doctors, pharmacists, dentists, nurses and anyone who chooses is invited to come and show the love of Jesus through much needed medical aid. This year Medfest will be held about 10 miles outside of Masaya, Nicaragua in a very poor farming village. Many people in Nicaragua cannot afford to pay for medical attention and are in desperate need of medical help. There is expected to be 4,000 to 6,000 people attending Medfest for medical attention! Also during the event, we will be replacing a school’s metal roofs and building a church for a congregation that has been meeting under an awning for the past six years, so there is a need for people with carpentry skills, as well. Along with medical help, there will be games, singing, testifying, preaching and evangelizing local villages.
Dates: January 16 – 22, 2013
Cost: $800 (this includes hotel, transportation, morning and noon meals) + Roundtrip airfare to Managua, Nicaragua (usually $800). You will be responsible for your evening meal and other spending. The total cost will be close to $1600.
*Remember you do need a passport.*
It is also suggested that you have current malaria, tetanus, and hepatitis shots before you go.
Please pray about joining us in Nicaragua, and if you are interested in attending or would like more information email Jenna.