RefugeeNet supports refugees who settle in San Diego after fleeing violence in their home countries. Each summer, dozens of refugee children get the chance to just be a kid and go to camp. At Camp Stevens, staff work to give campers a new world perspective, a clearer sense of who they are, how we’re all interconnected to one another and to God’s creation, and the assurance that they are loved by God.
In addition to the over 100 campers from around southern California that Camp Stevens provides campership assistance to each year, Camp Stevens has welcomed 45 campers from RefugeeNet each summer for the last eight years. This amounts to an annual cost of $30,000. This year, we expect 65 campers from RefugeeNet. The Refugee Campership Drive ensures that Camp Stevens is able to provide this life-giving experience.
Here’s how your congregation can promote and execute this drive:
- Bulletin Listing: Consider promoting this initiative in your bulletin and e-news. Sample text below
On June 21, we’ll be supporting two vital diocesan ministries: Camp Stevens and RefugeeNet. Each summer, Camp Stevens provides over 150 camperships to campers from around southern California. For the past 8 years, 45 of those camperships have gone to children through RefugeeNet, which supports recent refugee families from Sudan and Myanmar. On Sunday, June 21, the plate offering will support the Refugee Campership Drive, which will directly fund the registration fees for these campers. Please plan to give on June 21 with checks made payable to Camp Stevens, or to go online and give online at www.campstevens.org/donate.
- Flyer – can be cut into four pieces and inserted in bulletins
- We encourage your congregation to write and send letters to these campers throughout the summer! Sessions run from July 5 through Augusut 8, and there will be RefugeeNet campers at each session. Letters can be addressed to “RefugeeNet Campership Drive” at P.O. Box 2320, Julian, CA 92036.
If the does not work for your congregation, but you’d be willing to contribute the plate offering on a different date in 2016, please let us know. As a diocese and as a community, we support one another because we can accomplish so much more together than we can apart. The Refugee Campership Drive is a wonderful opportunity to love these refugee children in Jesus’s name. Thank you for supporting this campership drive!