SUMMER OF MINISTRY
by Marketing Services - Cedarville, OH
May 14, 2007
With the grass turning green and buds popping out on trees, most minds are thinking of one word: “summer.” And for those in school, the word not far behind would be “vacation.” Yet for some, summer vacation means more than a break from studies and dorm life. Many Cedarville students will follow the path of several Cedarville alumni by investing their life in summer camp ministry.
This past winter, Cedarville hosted its annual Camp Recruitment Day. Of the 42 ministries present at the fair, more than 10 were represented by Cedarville alumni who are now working full-time in camp ministry. They had returned to their alma mater to share their passion for camp work with students they feel desire to serve the Lord!
Carey Edgren ’06, representing Spring Hill Camps, shared, “Over the past few years I have hired numerous Cedarville students … and the quality of the students never ceases to amaze me. The students’ passion and desire to serve is exactly what we are looking for at camp to impact the lives of campers.” With camps located in both northern Michigan and southern Indiana and hosting up to 32,000 campers each summer, Spring Hill Camps provides many opportunities for staffers to serve the Lord. Opportunities vary from counseling and leadership to internship opportunities in fields ranging from public relations to nursing.
Recognizing that CU students have a desire to serve the Lord, however, is not the only quality that draws alumni back to Cedarville to recruit for camp. Michael Landis ’89, director of Camp Carl, says that he returns to Cedarville to recruit because he “knows Cedarville students are going to have a solid background in spiritual truth.” He understands that his camping staff needs to know God’s Word, and he feels Cedarville gives students this foundation. The primary mission of Camp Carl is to share the message of Jesus Christ in a non-threatening way. At Camp Carl, staffers are challenged to be a “light” 24 hours a day to campers and are given opportunities to teach campers about Christ. With their solid biblical background, Cedarville students find ways to share their faith while building relationships with campers.
Reverend Wayne McLeod, associate state director of Child Evangelism Fellowship in eastern Pennsylvania and the father of three CU alumni and one current student, further shared, “We like to recruit at Cedarville because there are many students who have a heart for God and a love for children.” Over the years, he has had a number of Cedarville students serve in their inner-city ministry. He feels CU students are well-prepared to serve the Lord in places such as the inner-city of Philadelphia.
While not everyone has the opportunity to spend a summer working at camp, thanks to the Camp Recruitment Fair at Cedarville, many current CU students will be joining other CU alumni for a life-changing summer ministering to young people all over the Midwest.