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Summer/Fall 2019

President's Message

Camp Agape Board President Romi Lessig

In a world that can seem unloving, chaotic and blind to the suffering of others in our community, Camp Agape has faithfully served little hurting hearts for almost 20 years. The Camp Agape board is beginning a process of assessing our strategy for the next 20 years.

We know there are more kids impacted by grief than we can possibly serve if we don’t make some changes. We know we are called to grow and serve more of those precious children. We know we are inspired by the work every day, but we also know we can’t do it alone and that you may have some inspiration to share.

Like any other group, we have strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, but we also have something that not every other group has…YOU. Stop for the next 10 seconds…it’s not too much…I promise that other piece of mail can wait for a bit. Now, picture that sad, angry, isolated, vulnerable child that needs the hope and forgiveness of a Christian grief camp. Who else is in that child’s sphere? Who would be willing to partner with us in service? Who can access contacts or resources to help us reach them? What is your heart telling you to tell us?

Please send your hope, thoughts, ideas, friends and prayers to our board and volunteers as we strive to serve Camp Agape’s mission and children who are hurting. The next 20 years of kids are counting on us.

 

 Spread the love, Romi Lessig

Camp Agape 2019 Big Success

This year's camp blessed the lives of 39 children struggling over the loss of a loved one. The camp would not have succeeded without the assistance of 80 volunteers-some providing direct assistance to grieving children and others serving in administrative roles.

Next year's camp on June 28 - July 2 marks the ministry's 20-year anniversary, as well as a new location at Camp Capers in the Texas Hill Country. Join the anniversary celebration by being a buddy to a camper, volunteering for registration and snack teams, greeting campers and their families, or providing audio/visual support. 

And, if you question that four days can radically change a child’s life, consider this letter from a young person who attended Camp Agape two years ago. The former camper wrote: “…I just wanted to say thank you so much for Camp Agape. It gave me an opportunity to make friends (who some I still talk to today) and to see the good in things. I’m 14 now and it’s been two years since my dad passed and things have gotten better :) just want to give a quick thanks."

This type of feedback is powerful and a reminder that through God’s grace, we are making an impact. 
Prayerfully consider arranging your schedule to assist according to God’s calling on your heart.

To volunteer, complete the volunteer application on the Camp Agape website. For questions, contact Executive Director Christen McVaney.
Camp Agape 2019 Campers

New Location for Camp Agape 2020

Camp Agape is pleased to announce that next year's camp, scheduled for June 28-July 2 (campers arrive June 29), will be at Camp Capers in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Located just one hour north of San Antonio, the tranquil setting offers rustic appeal and modern accommodations. Camp Capers is a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas. For more information, visit the Camp Capers website

Third Annual Family Retreat for Grief Recovery

Nov. 15-17, 2019
Camp Agape's third annual family retreat takes place in mid-November at Camp Buckner in Burnet. Priority goes to families of 2019 campers, and spots are filling up fast. The weekend retreat builds on skills learned at camp and allows families to collectively process their grief and move forward as a new family unit.


A mom who attended last year's retreat said spending time in the tranquil setting was her first opportunity since her husband’s death to have a quiet and productive time to begin processing her grief. It was a step she needed toward rebuilding her life.


Would you like to help this year's families who are putting together the pieces of their lives as the result of a loved one's untimely death? The cost of one family's attendance is $1,500.

There are other ways to help. Contact Janece Rolfe if you would like to volunteer at the retreat. If you are willing to donate a gift basket for a family, contact Kim Turk.

Camp Agape 5K Run & Kids' Walk

Camp Agape thanks all of the runners, supporters and volunteers who made the 6th Annual 5K Run and Kids' Walk a huge success. The race, held Aug. 24 at Johnson Park in Marble Falls, boasted a new logo, a new race route and a new closing ceremony to honor our deceased loved ones.

The attractive run logo, created by board member Bradley Vinson, adorned race t-shirts, the website and promotional literature. A new race route, mapped by board member Russ Dennis, wound through scenic Meadowlakes, a gated community adjacent to the park. In deference to the environment, blowing bubbles replaced the traditional balloon release held in memory of loved ones.

The following runners placed in their respective categories:

Male: Isac Porterfield (21:35); Nick Fazzino (22:48); Alex Payson (25:20)

Female: Mary Nunnally (24:09); Lydia White (25:09); Maura Ibanez (27:20)

Youth-Male: Charles Edwards (31:29); Scott Edwards (42:24); Logan Edwards (43:32)

Youth-Female: Sidney Walker (56:51)

Cooper Hansard led the 1 Mile Kids’ Run/Walk, followed by Heidi Weathers, Addy Weathers and Braedyn Joiner.

Team Cody collected the trophy for the most runners on a team. Members of Team Cody participated in the Camp Agape Memorial Run to honor the memory of Cody Lindsey.  

Thank you Katsy Joiner for creating this video of race day festivities. 

2019 Race Sponsors

Title Sponsor
Bay Marine and Sports Center, Bob Weed, $5000

Gold Sponsors
Lake Area Rods and Classics, $1500
KM Designs Inc, $1000

Silver Sponsor
RWF Custom Designs, $500

Bronze Sponsors
Warren and Susan Grote, $300
Lone Star Capital Bank, $250
Shane Stewart State Farm, $250

Goody Bag Sponsor
Gabriel Monterrubio, $100

Special thanks to HEB, Walmart, Burnet Trophies & Awards, Numinous Coffee Roasters, QuickDraw Signs, Printworks and J3d Designs
For title sponsor Bob Weed (#76), the annual race is a family affair.

Meet Board Member J.D. Hansard

J. D. Hansard, in his third year on Camp Agape's executive board, serves as the organization's vice president. When asked questions about why he loves Camp Agape, J.D. provided the following responses:

What prompted you to become involved with Camp Agape? About 15 years ago, I was involved with a class learning about different organizations in the Hill Country area. Camp Agape was one of those organizations. About nine years ago, a church member got up asking for help at Camp Agape. Our church decided to send several members, including me. I was hooked after that first year.

What is your favorite thing about being part of Camp Agape? Serving. We are called to serve. Most of these kids I have never met before, so getting to serve complete strangers while allowing for these kids to have some healing (is one of my favorite things about being part of Camp Agape).

In your own words, what would you want others to know about the importance of this mission?  When there is a death, adults have such a hard time with it that we forget that kids are hurting, too. This camp allows kids to talk about their feelings while getting to experience God's love.

Can you provide brief personal information? I have a wife named Kim and a son named Cooper, who helps me at camp each summer. I live in Marble Falls and am one of the directors at Chick-fil-A Highland Lakes. I also volunteer in numerous roles at Faith Academy in Marble Falls.
Board member J.D. Hansard pictured with Executive Director Christen McVaney

Camp Agape Is Hooked On the SA Sports Club 

For the past two years, the San Antonio Sports Club has provided fishing poles and helped campers reel in the big catch on fishing day. This year, club member Donald Yena purchased the fishing equipment, which campers take home with them. He is in the picture directly above with Camp Agape founder Kim Turk.

Friends of Camp Agape

The Women's Missionary Union at Memorial Baptist Church-Taylor presented Camp Agape president Romi Lessig with a $4,241 check. Also pictured are church member Marlene Bryan and former Camp Agape president Joe Vogel.
In April, Trinity Episcopal Church-Marble Falls presented board member Cindy Bender (center) with a $1,100 donation. Also pictured are Rector Dave Sugeno and Rita Marquess.
A big thanks to children who attended Vacation Bible School at the Community Bible Church-Bulverde. The final total collected was $1,250.
Christ Lutheran Church-Georgetown hosted its annual BBQ fundraiser for Camp Agape and raised $2,711.76. Thank you Elmer Friedrich and your dedicated team of pitmasters.
Amy Colbath, the owner of Yaqar Collective, donated 10% of August sales to Camp Agape, for a total of $430. For more information about this women's boutique, visit www.yaqarcollective.com 
The Kendall County 4-H Horse Club held a benefit barrel race in May and raised $3,500 for Camp Agape.
Amazon.com will donate a portion of every order to Camp Agape.
Go to www.smile.amazon to place your order. 
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