“This was the best week ever!” exclaimed Zach Simmons, KJOY camper. Preschool’s missions camp, June 25–28, brought 12 Kindergarteners learning to serve Jesus first, Others second, Yourself last.
Each day, a Bible lesson was taught by KJOY leaders Laura Ozinga and Kymberlee Ward and discussion of how we could apply that lesson to others.
Our week began by harvesting 46 pounds of fresh vegetables in the Walden Community Garden. We donated the fresh vegetables and other non-perishable foods to the Clear Lake Food Pantry. We fought the heat and planted flowers and plants along the UBC Welcome Center and east foyer.
KJOY campers made gifts of appreciation to the UBC staff and our local volunteer firefighters where we also received a tour of the fire station. Rosemont Assisted Living residents enjoyed making suncatcher crafts with our kids and engaged in sweet conversations about their families, their lives and Jesus. Our campers also assembled care packages for homeless or needy people that they may encounter along street corners or intersections. On the final day of KJOY, the children “served themselves last” by getting a behind-the-scenes tour at the Aquarium restaurant in Kemah and having lunch, ice cream and playtime at McDonald’s.
KJOY is all about giving the children an opportunity to do hands-on mission work. “It was nice to see my son getting pleasure from helping others and not expect anything in return,” said Wyatt Bresnik’s mom, Rebecca.