Camp Peniel forges on after balcony collapse

This summer, the balcony of one of Camp Peniel’s (Wentworth-Nord, Quebec) buildings collapsed under many feet during the course of a church group’s rental for a baptism. Accordingly, the camp now faces financial consequences and a lot of work.

Despite hardship, however, those involved in the camp did an extraordinary job this summer, with unprecedented activity:

• MCC’s Amicamp, 7–12 years (35 campers)

• Peniel games, 13–17 years (25 campers)

• Family camp (30 campers)

• Superheroes, 8–14 years (12 campers)

There were also rentals for baptisms and family activities, and a group of physically disabled adults.

Peniel was such an encouragement to the co-directors of MCC’s Amicamp, the children and youth leaders at Ste-Thérèse church, and teachers at the superhero camp; so many children, teens, and young adults need this camp to advance their spiritual development.

Camp Peniel reaches:

• children and teens who do not know
the Lord;

• children and teens of all nationalities;

• children and teens from churches of
different denominations;

• those who hear the word of Jesus
for the first time;

• those who give their lives to Jesus;

• those who confirm their way
with Jesus;

• children and teens who explore new gifts;

• children and teens who learn to live
together.

Young directors Jason Levesque and Esther Lachance mentored several 15–22-year-old volunteers who learned to work in the kitchen or housekeeping, on grounds maintenance or learning carpentry, and even as counsellors. These young people gained not only practical skills, but also grew spiritually, some making major changes in their lives.

This fall, Camp Peniel held its first young leaders conference, with Dan and Sarah Hall of Youth With a Mission, Dunham, Que., as guest speakers.

The work continues!

Submitted by Alain Després, associate director, C2C Network Quebec.

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