Relational ministry has shifted to connecting over digital platforms. This format has benefits and challenges in reaching young people. It opens the door to connecting with students who don’t have a youth mentor in their community. At the same time, not every community or youth has access to consistent or strong wifi. This has strong implications on discipleship. Our ministry of care and connections has to evolve so that all young people have the opportunity to reach the support we offer.
Covenant Bible Camp has also shifted as in-person camp is canceled; however, this has resulted in an evolution of camp. This year we are launching a four prong approach to engaging with students:
- Camper Package: Individual campers can register to receive "Camp in a Box". This will include access to worship songs, sermons, songbooks, the camp t-shirt, etc.
- Group Curriculum: A local camp contact will receive supplies to facilitate activities for groups in their community. Communities will be equipped with sermons, worship songs and songbooks, games and cultural activity guides, and s'more supplies!
- Online Presence: Engaging with campers will happen through frequent posting about camper package and group curriculum. Team members are encouraged to share memories of camp.
- Contact Campers: A significant part of camp is the personal connection campers make with staff members. To continue this spirit of connection, team members will be contacting campers individually to check-in and pray with them.
While this season is filled with challenges, CYAK continues to see young leaders rising up and growing as community changers. Over the past few years Freeman Gransbury has interned with CYAK through Covenant Bible Camp, Bethel Covenant Church, and Aarigaa.
When COVID hit, my schedule for ministry outreach changed drastically. I’m still reaching out to the broader Aarigaa community and the ones here in the Aarigaa House. I check in weekly to see how they’re doing. It used to be meeting face-to-face, but since quarantine we haven’t been able to do that anymore. It has been quite the growing experience.