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Panama Methodist Camping Ministry

Panama Methodist Camping Ministry

Advance #3020651

#3020651 - Providing an optimal place for the transformation of lives through Christian camps and similar spiritual growth opportunities

Annual Goal:$20,000.00
Partner:Evangelical Methodist Church of Panama

Describe the need affecting the community.

Over the years we have found that the camping ministry is one of the most effective means of disciplining children and youth. Additionally, our Methodist school in Panama City has as one of its pillars the Christian Formation Department which conducts spiritual life retreats for students throughout the school year. Both programs need a site conducive to these activities and the camp currently under construction was designed to provide an optimal space for these ministries. The construction of the kitchen/dining hall will enable us to put the camp into operation.

How will this Advance project help to address the need?

The camp has been designed to provide an optimal place for the transformation of lives through Christian camps and similar spiritual growth opportunities.

Describe the primary goal of the project.

The Camping Ministry aims to play a vital role in the discipleship of our children and youth, transforming lives for service to God and neighbor.

Describe the change you would like to see in the community as a result of this Advance project.

Success can be measured by the completion of the building projects which will enable the camp to be put in use. Success will also be measured by the number of children and youth that participate in camp activities. Ultimately success will be measured by the transformed lives. That will be harder to verify, but we expect that in the future many children and youth will be able to speak of the impact that the camp had on their lives.

Budget and Financial Information


Annual Advance Financial Goal
Local Financial Support
UMVIM Team Contributions


Construction of Kitchen and Dining Hall
Caretaker Salary
Training for Camp Counselors
Summer Camps for Children and Youth

Missionary Serving this Project

Rhett J. Thompson

Project Contact

Evangelical Methodist Church of Panama

Global Ministries Contact

Edgar Avitia
(404) 460-7404