Camp Oasis: An Innovative VBS Experience for Kids
Posted: July 6th, 2023
Pastor Kern highlighted that the program not only benefits the kids in the community but also provides employment opportunities for six student teachers, a supervisor, and a camp director. In their first year of operation, they received thirty thousand dollars in grant money from the federal government. However, this year, the program faced a funding shortfall. "We proceeded in faith anyway," said Pastor Kern. "We kept planning, knowing that God called the church to help the community and that He would work things out." Fortunately, with the support of local churches and the community, they were able to fully fund the program. The remarkable success of Camp Oasis led to a grant of forty thousand dollars from the North American Division (NAD), ensuring the program's continuation next year.
Reflecting on the challenges faced this year, Pastor Kern stated, "When we make the effort to reach the least of these," referring to Jesus' statement in Matthew 25:40, "He will always provide the resources."
Looking ahead, the goal is to expand Camp Oasis into a regional VBS program, reaching even more children and employing more staff.
Camp Oasis is not only transforming the lives of children in the Ottawa region but also showcasing the love and care of the Adventist church to communities in need. To learn more about this innovative and inspiring program, visit their website by clicking here: Camp Oasis