"It started in mid-July with an urgent message: we really need male cabin leaders for the pre-teen camp."
September 17, 2018
My name is Ferdi van Dongen, chair of One Hope Canada’s National Board. I have been a board member since 1995. What a humbling experience over the years to see God use this mission to reach children and youth with the Gospel. I was privileged to be on the National Board during the transformation years that saw CSSM Ministries develop into One Hope Canada.
"The camper’s mom was deeply moved that her son was flourishing as a part of our camp family."
July 18, 2018
Our junior high camp program gives campers the opportunity to go mountain biking on trails in the adjacent Pigeon Lake Provincial Park. The trails offer engaging rides for most skill levels. Mountain biking is often the highlight of each camper’s week.
This summer we had a camper who had never ridden a bike. His cabin leader, aided by the camp speaker and a few others, took time throughout the week to teach this young man. These staff members were often seen running beside the bike, keeping him balanced as he practiced.
The cooks, watching from a kitchen window, commented excitedly on his progress.
What a wonderful thing to see how impactful the teaching and personal investment were in this boy’s life.
The camper’s mom was deeply moved when she heard what happened and expressed profound gratitude that her son was flourishing in our camp family. She later shared a video of him riding a...
"Events like this shake us to the core, reminding us what is most important."
May 3, 2018
As Bev and I write this letter, we find ourselves, like all Canadians, still deeply moved by the Saskatchewan highway tragedy involving the Humboldt Broncos and the shocking loss of life in Toronto—three blocks from where our family spent two summers with relatives. Events like this shake us to the core, reminding us what is most important.
Typically, each spring we write to present the opportunities and challenges for a summer of sharing the Gospel with Canadian children, youth, and their families. But this year we are up against an entirely different challenge: the financial impact caused by the federal government rejecting dozens of One Hope Canada camp ministry applications. Why? Because we refused to give an unqualified “yes” to one line on the application form that says One Hope Canada supports the government’s non-scriptural position on reproduction and sexuality. We estimate an additional $250,000 is needed to support...
"57 ministry points presenting the Gospel to over 33,000 each year"
March 2, 2018
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"God has given us an incredible opportunity to build relationships with many children."
February 16, 2018
Every camp worker knows the moment only too well: it is the end of the week, the campers are played-out, the staff members are tired and cranky, and in an atmosphere of exhaustion, it is far too easy to miss the moments of God at work. Two campers on the last day are coloring while waiting to be picked up, and I am preparing for the next day. When I sit down, one of them hands me a drawing of three crosses, explaining: “because Hampton Bible Camp is about Jesus!”
This is the story that comes to mind most often when I talk about the ministry of day camp at Hampton Bible Camp. God has given us an incredible opportunity to build relationships with many children over eight weeks, some of whom have attended every week of day camp for the past three years. In the course of a...