Uganda Mission Trip
Camp David is expanding to go International in 2017!!! We will be serving 135 children of prisoners in Uganda from September 21- October 1st. Please pray about joining our mission team, or becoming a prayer partner, or donating funds. Children of prisoners in Uganda are vulnerable to child labor, HIV/AIDS, Rape and Defilement, and child sacrifice. They live in extreme poverty with 6 out of 10 children of prisoners only having one meal a day. Wells of Hope in Uganda is a non-profit organization providing resident care, education, and life skills to children of prisoners, and Camp David of the Ozarks is partnering with them to lead a week of camp to be part of giving hope.
Ways You Can Help:
Join our team– In order to lead a week of camp for 135 children, we need a team of 10-15 people who can share the responsibilities and help with activities. Still needed are Camp Grandparents (Over half of Uganda’s population are under 14- so grandparents are a rare treasure), a Worship Leader, a Preacher, a Camper Coach, and many Activity leaders. Camp David also wants to empower our American children of prisoners who desire to grow as leaders, to be able to go on this International trip and be able to give hope to children around the world. Please fill out this application if you feel God is calling you to join our team, and find our “Camp David Uganda” group on Facebook and join!
Become a Prayer Partner– 90% of Mission work is Prayer. We are seeking Prayer Partners who will commit to praying for the trip and for each life to be impacted through Jesus Christ. Prayer Updates and Praises will be shared with our Prayer Partners regularly.
Donate towards the trip– You can donate towards a specific team member, or donate towards the trip. Un-designated funds will be distributed to those team members struggling to raise their funds, so they will directly benefit this mission. Each team member must raise $2,600 to cover their airfare and other travel costs. There are additional expenses related to purchasing game equipment, crafts and other supplies that are necessary for a week of camp.
Dates– Fly out of St. Louis airport on Thursday, September 21st. Arrive in Kampala, Uganda very late on Friday. Spend Saturday & Sunday in Kampala to rest, purchase supplies, and go to church. Head to the Camp site Sunday afternoon to set up for camp on Monday. Monday-Thursday lead camp!! Friday we will visit a prison, and are praying we can even do a small program in the prison with the inmates and their children. That evening we will go back to Kampala, and Saturday we will visit a zoo and go to the market. Late Saturday we will fly out of Uganda, and will land back in St. Louis on Sunday afternoon, October 1st. Team members need to expect to have to rest on Monday, due to jet lag and crossing so many time zones- so don’t plan to go to work that day!
Costs– A deposit of $1,600 is due May 21st to purchase airfare. The remaining $1,000 is due September 15th. This will include accommodations, ground transportation, meals, visas, and our estimated airfare. We will know in May if airfare has gone up significantly from our initial quote, and if it does, each individual will be responsible to make up the difference. We set the $1,600 for airfare biased on a quote from a travel agency in February.
How to Prepare– We plan to have several Skype meetings so we can talk about the trip and pray together as a team before we go, and our first meeting is Sunday, May 21st @ 2 pm. We have also attached some facts and packing info that are important for you to read. Six steps to prepare: 1. PRAY, 2. Make a Fundraising Plan (will you write a letter to friends, sell something, take some extra work?), 3. Mark dates on your calendar, 4. Fill out your passport paperwork and send it off, 5. Prepare for packing using this Packing List for Uganda Mission Trip, 6. Find friends & churches to fill backpacks. Facts about Uganda
Partnering with Wells of Hope
Why Uganda? What is Wells of Hope? In May 2016, at a Prisoner’s Family Conference in Dallas, TX, Camp David Directors, Ben & Grace, met Francis Ssuubi, with Wells of Hope. Wells of Hope was established in 2005 and provides free education, food and lodging, and mentoring to children of prisoners. The three ministry leaders connected around their similar ministries, and Grace was inspired with the idea that Camp David campers could write to children of prisoners in Africa, and talk about what they had in common- a parent incarcerated. Wells of Hope was excited about the connection and sent photos of some of the children in their program. During each week of summer camp, Camp David campers and staff wrote notes to the children in Uganda. At the end of camp, the cards were mailed to Wells of Hope, and six months Camp David received a fat package from Uganda with notes and letters from each of the children at Wells of Hope! Inside there was also a handwritten note inviting Camp David to come in September and help with a camp program!! In February 2017, Camp David’s Board of Directors wholeheartedly embraced Grace’s vision to take teams internationally to give hope to children of prisoners in third world nations, and to provide an opportunity for Camp David’s American campers to see how God can use them to impact the world.