What do you see in this picture?
This is a picture taken of our families playing volleyball at SIM's camp a couple of days before our wedding. Missionaries started this camp about 20 years ago with some Peruvians who also dreamed of a Christian camp in southern Peru. They worked hard to build it into what it is today. Over the years, several missionary couples have directed the activities at the camp, including constructing the cabins, pools and pavillions. An even more difficult task of building up Christian men and women in the community has occurred over the years as well.
Almost all good mission projects have as a goal to see the local believers take over the ministry. The current camp directors, Scott and Tami Wade (who also happen to be from Christ Community Church), believe we are nearly there. So on Monday, the four of us (Scott, Tami, Allen and Mary Beth) met with key camp workers to tell them that we think that they are ready to run the camp without foreign input. The Wades plan on continuing to live part-time at the camp for the next 6 months to help the workers adjust to managing things on their own. A lot of different emotions were seen in our Peruvian friends, from fear to excitement to sadness. One said that the Wades couldn't possibly be leaving, but if they were, someone must come to replace them. Another had already drawn up an organogram of who would be in charge of what parts of the camp! We feel optimistic that this is God's plan for the camp to move forward so it can be a truly Peruvian ministry. Pray for a good transition.