Coming to a Close
We can’t believe it’s here! The end of camp has come. It’s been an amazing week, though, and we couldn’t be more proud of our campers.
Thursday was the last full day of PUMP. Here’s where we sent your youth:
Team Hulk Smash: Served at Community Kitchen one last time.
Team Red Robin: Served with Midtown Alliance of Neighbors. They fought overgrown weeds and scraped paint off the basement floor in a local house. Midtown plans to sell the building as soon as it can renovate it.
Team Good Newsies: Served with Midtown Alliance of Neighbors. They helped clean up a house for a man who will soon need one.
Team Bubble Gum Bazooka: Served at Broadway UMC. Students helped clean the building and took gift baskets to a local hospital.
Team 7Up: Served in PUMP’s Agape ministry. This is an unstructured ministry time during which students perform various tasks at the church. Yesterday, 7Up cleaned Broadway and helped a local woman move furniture.
Team Anemones: Served at Jackson House Apartments, a local assisted living facility. Students spent their ministry time visiting with residents.
After students left work, Concord UMC in Paducah, Ky., fed them sub sandwiches, chips and ice cream sandwiches. Then, the whole camp grabbed swimsuits at Broadway UMC and headed out for PUMP’s annual trip to Venture River Water Park.
Last night, campers and leaders gathered in Broadway’s sanctuary for worship. Members of the Alamo UMC youth group from Alamo, Tenn., performed an interpretive dance, moving gracefully to “Take Me to the King” by Tamela Mann. Casey Watson from Real World Ministry also led a devotion further exploring the concept of finding a “home” in Christ. Because a Christian stays connected to God through the Holy Spirit, she said, they always have access to a source of peace, joy and comfort. That connection means a Christian is always home. Rev. Gregory Waldrop, pastor of Calvert City UMC in Calvert City, Ky., facilitated a unique Communion service involving olives, cheese, honey, olive oil and salt water, along with the traditional bread and juice.
Campers then joined together for their last bout of worship. Many lifted one hand to Heaven and threw the other around a friend.
Today, these students pack up their belongings and leave us. We’ve enjoyed your youth this week. We’ve worked beside them, laughed at their antics and rejoiced with them. We’ll miss our 80 plus students and their wonderful leaders, but we thank you for loaning them to us. We hope to see them all next year.
The PUMP Team