Their work is not as widely known as that of other branches of Baptist missions. Campers on Mission minister quietly, often receiving little recognition other than the appreciation of those they help.
The group’s national rally is this week in Pace, Fla. Pre-rally events are scheduled for June 6-7, with the rally itself taking place June 8-10.
Temple’s Bill Austin is president of the Louisiana Chapter of COM. He and his wife, Cindy, are attending the national rally.
An article on the North American Mission Board’s website describes COM as “a national fellowship of Christians who share their faith and serve in various ways around North America. Members are called campers and typically accept short-term ministry assignments that allow them to serve at campgrounds, churches, motor speedways, state fairs and a number of other settings.”
The Louisiana Baptist Convention’s page on COM lists the following activities as projects in which COM volunteers can participate:
- Campground ministries
- Church starts
- Construction – mission churches, etc.
- Special events – i.e: festivals, fairs, parades, sharing religious tracts
- Disaster relief
- Seaman’s ministry
- State Convention Booth (for promotion)
- Nursing Home Ministries
- Lay Renewals
- Revival Teams
- Repair and maintenance
Please pray for these volunteer missionaries not only this week during their rally but throughout the year as they give their time and efforts to help other people in Christ’s name.
The group’s 2012 national rally will be in Rayne, La., in July.