With the theme of Heifer Project International as their focus, campers who attended Shasta Family Conference Camp July 26-August 1 were educated and empowered to spread the word about Heifer to their communities and beyond.
The campers (ranging in age from 11 to 87) explored the sustaining qualities of the animals that could be sent to a needy village somewhere in the world, hearing from speakers with firsthand knowledge.
Paul and Margaret Boos from Montague, California told of raising their Cotswold sheep, from which Margaret shears the wool, spins it, and knits hats to sell. Pastor and missionary the Rev. Paul Drumm, from the Ft. Jones and Etna United Methodist Churches in California, relayed his experiences in living among the village people in Mozambique and Peru, and explained what it is like for a village to receive a gift from Heifer. He told of how such a blessing is received and then passed on to another village, through the gift of the firstborn female of the given animal.
Campers traveled to Mt. Shasta UMC to view a DVD on the beginnings of Heifer International, followed by a discussion about what people can do toward achieving sustainability in their communities and the world. Co-Director Jerry Wrenn and some campers gave out pamphlets and told about Heifer to visitors at the Mt. Shasta Farmers’ Market. Morning worships highlighted ideas such as, “give a little – get a lot”; “the art of generosity”; “the gift of people”; “we care for the earth”; and “one big family.” There were three special days of celebration that highlighted goats, sheep, and chicks.
Of course, Shasta Family Camp was not without swimming and boating at Castle and Siskiyou Lakes, also – along with hiking to Heart Lake, skits and S’mores around the campfire, “five-star meals,” and the opportunity to view wildflowers and wildlife at their best. It was indeed a place of retreat from the busy-ness of life, amidst the wonders of God’s magnificent Creation.
Next year, you can be a part of the experience! Dates for the 2009 camp are Saturday, July 25 to Friday, July 31 – so save those dates! More information will be posted on the Conference Camping web page on cnumc.org at registration time. You may also contact Carol Kern at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Shari Sandoval, 916-374-1528, email@example.com.