Camp Hope 2022 was the highlight of the summer for over two hundred HFHC-sponsored teens! HFHC’s Haiti staff, led by Johnny Laine Evenson (Camp Hope Director) and Roolite Religieux (Camp Hope Spiritual Director), conducted camp this year at Thomazeau and at Cazeau in two separate sessions. Campers at both venues enjoyed games and activities, Bible classes and discussion groups, delicious meals, and leisure time together.
This year’s theme was The Giver and provided students with a Biblical focus of God as the giver of “new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1). Campers explored together, in Bible lectures, classes, and discussion groups, God’s holiness and generosity in the ways He Gives Life (Lesson 1), He Gives Hope (Lesson 2), He Gives His Son (Lesson 3), and He Gives Transformation (Lesson 4). Nineteen campers gave their lives to Christ in baptism during Camp Hope 2022, while countless others were strengthened in their faith.
Camp attendees will be invited to attend follow-up youth rallies in their local communities in the Spring of 2023. Members of HFHC’s Camp Hope Leadership Team will conduct these single-day events in five locations in order to provide teens with opportunities for prayer, worship, service activities, and Biblical learning on a smaller scale and to allow students to reconnect with their camp friends and faith mentors.
We are so grateful that God continues to sustain our efforts to make Camp Hope a safe haven for teens throughout the communities we serve. Campers often ask, “Can we stay longer? Do we have to go back home?” Year after year, they remain overjoyed at simple camp pleasures… singing around a campfire, competing in relay races, eating yummy snacks, meeting new friends, attending Bible classes, dancing to silly songs, and celebrating together at Awards Day. Camp Hope truly proves to be a place where young people in Haiti find and follow Jesus.