This past summer, two of our high school students, Tyler Bowman and John Obermann, worked as counselors at the Jeremiah Project summer mission camp located in Romney, WV. The Jeremiah Project Summer Mission Camps gives middle school and high school students the opportunity to participate in week-long mission project-based camp experiences. Throughout their time at camp students and adults work together to make homes warmer, safer, drier, and more accessible for God’s people in need through a wide range of home repair opportunities from painting to building wheelchair ramps. Following are reflections from our own Andrew Chapel youth on their experiences in Summer 2021.
Video Reflection, Tyler Bowman
Exposition Reflection, John Obermann
The Jeremiah Project is a mission trip that takes place in West Virginia for middle and high school aged kids. It focuses on home improvement for the elderly or needy in the Appalachian Mountain area. I did this mission project for two years as a camper and, this year, for the first time served as a camp counselor. I decided to go back as a counselor because it was a really great experience that brought me closer to God as a camper and I wanted to help be a part of that experience for others. I feel like it brought me closer to God because I got to see the direct effects of my service and how it helped people in need. My favorite memory, this past year as a counselor, was part of a project in which we had to demolish an old deck on a mobile home and then dig posts for a new one. The homeowner asked us to preserve, intact, the old deck floor, but we were having trouble removing it in one piece. So, the homeowner, an elderly woman, took her tractor and used the bucket to lift the entire deck floor in one piece and carry it over to her field! If you are considering being part of the Jeremiah Project, I would say, “Do it! Even if you don’t think you will get anything out of it, you will have unexpected experiences and get to know people who you wouldn’t otherwise interact with and helping people in need will get you closer to God.”
Summer 2022 Mission Camp Opportunities are open now for registration. Jeremiah Project offers camps for middle school students, high school students as well as entire families. If you have or know of a young person who might enjoy being a part of this program, please visit the Jeremiah Project website to find out how to register.
Tyler also participated in Jeremiah Project’s leadership development program, Lead Four:Twelve.
This program, open to students during their freshman year of high school, encourages students to develop their gifts so they can grow in leadership in their youth group, church, and beyond.
Lead Four:Twelve applications are open through November 1, 2021 http://leadfourtwelve.org/apply