Acts 1:8 – September Minute for Mission
This month we are highlighting Rivers and Becky Camp, missionaries in the Republic of Chad in North-Central Africa. They are an example of the vision and mission of St. Paul’s Acts 1:8 Outreach Ministry to encourage the parish to answer the call of Jesus to be His witnesses to the uttermost parts of the earth, whether those parts are next door, in Summerville, our diocese, national or on the other side of the world. St. Paul’s has been deeply moved by all that God is accomplishing through Rivers and Becky Camp to build up His kingdom in Chad among the Daza people.
Their mission is twofold:
- To transform lives through education and literacy.
- To counter the growing fundamentalist and extremist influence (e.g., the jihadist terrorist organization Boko Haram) through education.
Starting in 2008, the results of their missionary work have been impressive, especially given that this is an area of the world where it is widely believed that education is a sin. Following are some of the successes :
- Currently six schools (K-8th grade) have been established with 700 students enrolled.
- Books have been translated into Daza, so that children can learn to read and write in their mother tongue instead of French or Arabic, the official languages of the country.
- Six schools have been provided with over 125 books (Library in a Box), all numbered and stored in a metal box.
- 18 students have gone to the capital city (a 1 day drive from their village) for study beyond the 9th Encouraging the girls to pursue further education is challenging since they are under enormous pressure to get married at about age 13 or 14.
- All six of the North Kanem high school students passed their Baccalaureate exams. For most of these students, this is the first time anyone in their family has been to school.
- A water tower and solar panels have been installed at one of the schools which did not have water.
- The Camps have opted not to teach the Gospel in the classroom, but rather to look for opportunities to talk about the Gospel through building strong and deep relationships outside of school. This approach has opened many doors and many hearts.
- Holy scripture is gradually being translated into Daza.
Contributions from St. Paul’s have gone toward translating books/holy scripture into Daza, salaries for teachers, Library in a Box, installation of a water tower at one of the schools and scholarships for students to further their education in the capital city. Rivers and Becky Camp’s tireless work for the Gospel is an inspiration to us all.
The vision and mission of St. Paul’s Acts 1:8 – Outreach Ministry is to encourage the parish to answer the call of Jesus to be His witnesses to the uttermost parts of the earth, whether those parts are next door, in Summerville, our diocese, national, or on the other side of the world.
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Acts 1:8 is outward – focused one that looks to fulfill Christ’s call to be His witnesses to local, diocesan, national and global ministry opportunities.
“We believe that the ministry to “feed the hungry, protect the weak and clothe the naked” (Matthew 25:37-40) flows out of Jesus’ command in Acts 1:8 to be His witnesses.
St. Paul’s continually receives God’s bounty. With grateful hearts, the Acts 1:8 Committee seeks, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to distribute this bounty through prayer and consultation with stakeholders.
Jesus said, “you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8(b)