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Tony Cornelius had been burdened to start a camp to reach island young people for quite some time, but began holding camp for the first time in 2003. They have rented property each year since then.
CampsAbroad teams consisting of several counselors from Northland and The Wilds were sent in 2004 and 2005 to counsel alongside local counselors.
“The CampsAbroad team was with us the final week of our Ambassador Camps teen week. We had 20 campers attend and several salvation decisions as well. There was fruit that remained from last summer. In fact one of our female counselors this year was saved at camp last year. We have had a number of campers faithful to church since camp and will continue to encourage, disciple, and pray for them. One even surrendered to serve the Lord fulltime.” – Tony Cornelius, Missionary, Camp Director.
I think all of us have come to appreciate more how difficult it is to minister in this culture of fleshly atmosphere. That tendency towards the flesh was especially evident at camp this year. These kids just have so much to overcome. They are immersed in drugs, alcohol and immorality, surrounded by it with their homes and their friends. Brother Tony summed up camp this year by saying, “The line between sin and godliness was drawn more clearly than before at camp. That’s why there was so much resistance.” The hard kids seemed to get harder as the week went on and the tender kids were really open to change. The Lord really gave the CampsAbroad team a burden for these young people as they jumped whole-heartedly into the lives of the campers.
Most unusual meal: salt fish and bread fruit (a substance which defies description.)