Camping ministries have long been a central ministry of EMCC, serving as an expression of our local churches’ commitment to discipling people of all ages. Across Canada, we have six camps located in Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. 

Charis Camp, Chilliwack, BC

Although the scenery is breathtaking, campers and Summer Staff say it’s the relationships that make this place truly unique. This Summer’s theme is Follow Me as I Follow Christ. One longtime camper, now leader, put it this way, “This place has been my safe haven and has truly been a place where I have found Jesus and have learned to be a leader, a follower, and how to disciple.” We pray that that this legacy of discipleship will continue, one life, one story at a time! We are praising Jesus for all the workers he has faithfully sent to the harvest, as all of our Summer Volunteer positions have been filled!

Whispering Pines Camp, Medicine Hat, AB

Our prayer is that we would be given the strength to preach the good news of Jesus Christ with boldness, as we ought to (Eph 6:20). And we ask for prayer for the advancement of this gospel (Phil 1:12); that it would find a lodging in the hearts of many campers this year. We also pray that the camp would be a safe haven for them, no matter what kind of needs they have (spiritual, emotional, mental, etc.). Prayer requests for Whispering Pines include the need for more long-term, committed financial partners, a few more mature Christian summer staff, especially cabin leaders and nurses, and for our building campaign for new bathrooms and a much-needed expansion of our seating in the dining hall. 

Rivers Edge Camp, Cremona, AB

We are praising God for meeting all of our staffing needs for the summer! It is our desire that God would prepare the hearts of all campers, and the speakers who will talk about Perservance (Galatians 6:9). We pray that God will prepare the hearts of our summer staff to guide campers to a new or growing relationship with Jesus Christ. And, that God will provide additional financial support to achieve a fourth consecutive year of camp surpluses. Please join us in praying for a minimum surplus of $25,000. We are seeking 100 monthly donors at $40 per month to join our Visionary Leaders program. 

Camp Mishewah, Killaloe, ON

Our prayer is that, at Camp Mishewah, people will find rest and relaxation, but most importantly, they will have significant encounters with Jesus and lives will be changed. May those who step on the grounds who do not know Jesus see Him in the camp staff and volunteers. We want to have an impact on neighbours, service people, delivery folks, etc. Pray for good health & safety for all staff and guests and for a few more more lifeguards.  We are short on waterfront staff.

Editor’s Note: Although we do not have reports from Echo Lake Camp (Fort QuAppelle, SK) and Stayner Camp (Stayner, ON), please keep them in your prayers throughout the summer as well, and check our future newsletters for ongoing reports from our camps.