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Recent Day Adventures
In spite of COVID-19 limitations, we have been able to guide day programming for local groups. One such group is the First Christian Church of Versailles! Darcy Rai, the Children’s Pastor, brought elementary age kids for an outdoor excursion in July. We started out with a morning devotional, had lunch, and then led them on a canoe trip! This was the first time paddling for many and they had a blast. This past Saturday, we led a 2nd adventure day with the same children on our camp. We began the day with a devotional, played games, scaled our climbing wall and then did the Giant Swing! In September, First Christian Church’s 6th-12th graders will join us for a canoe day. We are so thankful for these opportunities to fellowship with local youth and engage them with adventure activities! If you are interested in joining us for a day adventure whether for a group of friends, your family, class, or youth group, click the link below and sign up!
Church Meetings on AdventureServe Campgrounds
This summer we have been a host site for 3 local churches. Our large spaces provide the capacity for local Christians to gather safely in the midst of the pandemic. This allowed the Great Commission Fellowship Church to continue their services in-person while following state guidelines and celebrate their 25th anniversary last Saturday! It was especially meaningful since they actually began as a church on our grounds! Dwelling Ministries had been meeting in the Great Room of King Hall since before the pandemic. In order to instill safety measures, they have switched to our bigger Tabernacle building. Wilmore Anglican Church also has held youth events in our worship pavilion! It has been so good to provide a safe space for churches in this time and we are thankful for every ministry of God’s Kingdom on our property!
As we transition into the fall season, we are offering new programs and implementing safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We are also transitioning within our staff team. Kaleb Shipman, our Regional Home Repair Manager, finished his AmeriCorps term. Our summer staff members Cameron Curran and Sarah Centeno returned to their universities to continue degrees. Stephanie Echeverry is staying on as an AmeriCorps staff member and attending Asbury University. She will be coordinating local community outreach opportunities, racial reconciliation initiatives, and some social media. Kudzi Nyakudzi is waiting on visa approval and helping lead our Adventure Club program with Anna Wolfenberger, who is also our Hospitality Manager. Jennilyn Fore is beginning her 2nd year of resource development, group recruitment and fundraising.
Our year-round staff have also had a few transitions! Andy Bathje is decreasing his hours as Executive Director to work as a realtor part-time. Brette Elliot, part-time Administrative Manager, is beginning a graduate degree in accounting. Josh Johnson, Operations Director and Jenna Brock, Program Director continue in their roles, however both have young children at home and childcare is limited during the pandemic.
In this season of transition and COVID adjustments, we are so thankful for the blessings of God’s providence through generous donors and federal relief programs. If you are in a position to give to AdventureServe, we welcome contributions toward weathering the financial storm that the pandemic has brought on. No matter the season or circumstances, we can make the choice to live abundantly and grow right where we are planted! Let us all lift each other up through prayer and encouragement as many suffer worldwide in sickness, economic hardship, and isolation.
Contact us now to join any program we are offering this fall:
All programs will meet current health safety guidelines. Click on any program above for details!