We have been working with Lori Conley in Ohio to add a new session at Woodland Lakes Christian Camp. We are happy to announce that it is OFFICIAL now!!! The Handi-Camp session is June 7-9th for 3rd-6th graders at Woodland Lakes in Amelia, OH. If you’ve been in contact with us over the years, the camp name may sound familiar to you! We have had sessions at Woodland Lakes in years past and are excited to be returning! If you are in that area, spread the word about this session! Hope to see some old friends and make some new ones!!
Six years ago we purchased our current Van, aka “Daisy-Belle,” The chain of events leading to the purchase, while seemingly ironic, was all God-inspired, and His timing perfect! She’s given us a great run! From Indiana, she’s made multiple trips to Kentucky, Ohio, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Florida and Tennessee! She’s helped us bless hundreds of campers each year, and spread the good news of Christ Jesus and the mission of Power Ministries. She’s acquired some bumps and bruises along the way but, with proper care & maintenance, always got us to our destination safely. Now though, because of age and many miles clocked, the repairs required to keep her on the road would be numerous and costly.
Now, we’re faced with a new set of circumstances, and we need to act quickly as the 2015 Handi-Camp season is upon us. We’ve researched our options, and set our goal to purchase a “pre-owned” vehicle, with a ‘best case’ scenario in mind. Whether traveling to Handi-Camps & HIS Time events, conventions or promotional events, we’ll be tightly packed with luggage for up to four people, and vital supplies to meet the needs of those events and the people participating.
With that in mind, we’re looking at acquiring a Ford “Transit Connect Wagon;” downsizing to a van that represents a “crossover” between the “mini-van” class (too small) and our current 25 year-old van…full-size, on a 3/4 ton truck chassis/big 350 CID V-8 engine (too big). The Ford Transit, with long wheel-base, higher cargo & passenger area, 4-cyl. engine & 6-speed auto transmission will provide far greater economy; empowering us to continue to share the unconditional love of Christ to teens & adults with disabilities, while preparing College Interns & other volunteer workers to be the hands & feet of Christ for these people.
We challenge you to keep us out there. And, we agree that don’t need a brand-new van. So, with that in mind, it will take, conservatively, $30,000 to get us into the pre-owned van that we need. Please keep us out there ministering to a people-group aptly identified as “God’s forgotten people.” You know they are. As “Robin” shared with us years ago, “Until I came to this Power Ministries camp, I didn’t know what real love was. These people really care about me, with the love of Jesus. My “buddy” really knows Him. And, now I know Him, and I love Him.”
Please keep us out there…empower us to serve these hidden & forgotten people.
Join us in welcoming the newest members of our Summer Team for 2015, Gabrielle and Amy. “Gabi” has worked with us for several years at quite a number of Handi-Camps. She’s now a Home School grad, studying at Ivy Tech Community College. Amy is studying at the University of Kentucky, majoring in the Special Needs area. Both will join us in May, as they finish their Spring Term.
Both are quite excited about what God has in store for us, as a team, as we get into the frenetic pace that the summer brings…with the majority of the Handi-Camps being scheduled during the summer months, our 3 major benefit events, a Special Needs Prom event, the summer HIS Time events…including the annual HIS Time Picnic, and the overall increased activity at the Power House.
Our theme for 2015 is wrapped up in one word, “Speak;” with our theme song being, “Word of God, Speak” (by: Mercy Me). We’re both excited and, at the same time, overwhelmed with such a theme. God’s Word, the Bible, gives us all of the info, inspiration, and framework that we need to put together the Handi-Campers’ Journal, and other program components. The challenge will be in packing it all in to time allotted for each summer program.
So…we invite you to join us in serving for a session (or two…or more). Camper registrations are coming in earlier than usual this year, along with workers that have served with us in the past. Stop by our website, check out the schedule, get a registration form to fill out, and get on the roster for a Handi-Camp…or more.
And, join us in praying that we are attentive to God’s guidance. Because we are part of the human race, we can easily cave in to the, “Take Charge!!” attitude that so permeates our culture; that we must make all choices, establish boundaries, guide, lead, dictate the course of every action, follow detailed plans of action…and generally become infuriated or anxious beyond words if doesn’t all go as we plan or anticipate. However…the Word of God doesn’t speak in support of such a cultural imperative. In all of our “busy-ness,” I can quickly lose sight of the wisdom in words like, “Be still and know…” — “Submit your plans to Me…” — “Take my yoke upon you…” — “Ask, and it shall be given…” — and fundamental to all of those guiding principles: “Follow me…”
Thanks, in advance, for lifting us up. And, we’ll enjoy hearing from you.
Click the link below to see how you can help Power Ministries! Feel free to share this with anyone you know that may be interested in reaching out as well! Thank you so much!!!
It’s that time of year when college students are looking for summer jobs and internships! Which means businesses and ministries are recruiting! Power Ministries is in that process as well! Each summer we host one or more college interns to travel with and for us. The interns travel with Power Ministries to Handi-Camps where they work with the campers, teach and use their other gifts in leadership roles (crafts, music, sports, etc). Interns will also work in the Home Office learning the ins and outs of non-profits, preparing for camps and fund raising. Interns have also traveled and shared the ministry in presentations at church camps and VBS’s in a missions capacity.
David was an intern during the summer of 2014. He has worked with us for several years as a Handi-Camp volunteer since he was 14. He says it’s one of his favorite summer activities! He shares, “My first year of school (college) was coming to a close and all of the engineering internships that I had lined up fell through. So, I went home to New Albany and started looking for a job. After a week of looking with no luck, I posted on Facebook that I was in need of a job and Roy quickly commented back. I went to the office the next day to discuss the intern position and everything fell into place! The scholarship was what I needed for school, the job was fun and helped others, and I was surrounded by Christian leaders that allowed me to grow in my faith!”
Despite any nervousness he felt prior to beginning his internship, David came on board with energy and enthusiasm! He brought with him creativity and techno savvy that helped US out a great deal! Most of all he had great relationships with the campers! David said at first he was concerned that he might not be able to meet the needs of the campers in the way that he needed to, but that his fears were quickly diminished with training, leadership from the staff and leaning on other volunteers when he needed a hand. Philippians 4:13 was a constant for him throughout the internship: ‘I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.’ David says, “Looking back, I can’t help but notice that we get in the way of ourselves a lot of times. We think too much and make a situation different that it really is. I’ve learned that when it comes to camp, all you need is love. Everything else can be learned.”
When asked what his best piece of advice would be for anyone considering an internship with Power Ministries, David shared “Come prepared to love! A lot of these campers have been taught that they aren’t equal to “normal people” or that they are incapable of most things. And that’s where we step in to show them love and teach them that God’s love covers all and that they are absolutely perfect in God’s eyes. So be prepared to love and be loved.” I couldn’t have said it better myself!
If you or someone you know is interested in a Power Ministries internship for 2015, contact our home office at 812/945-4117 Registration forms can also be printed off our website HERE and send them in as soon as you can!
The registration forms for Campers, Volunteers and Internships are on the website!!! Print off as many as you need for yourself and family and friends! We look forward to seeing you at Handi-Camps this year!
Registration forms are Here!
If you have any questions about the forms, don’t hesitate to call the home office:
Registrations can be mailed to:
PO Box 6706
New Albany, IN
The Staff and Families at Power Ministries hope that each of you had a wonderful Christmas with your families and are enjoying a happy and blessed 2015 so far!!!!
As the new year begins, we are quickly looking forward to all of the events that we have coming up! We have our very first Handi-Camp of the 2015 season in FEBRUARY!!!! So exciting!!! These camps and events cannot be done without the help of our prayer warriors and supporters! So, we ask that as you are also beginning a new year that you would consider partnering with us!
Our first and foremost need is PRAYER!!! Pray for health and safety during the upcoming camps! Pray that all of our volunteer spots are filled far in advance of the camp sessions! Pray that each camper that attends Handi-camps this year is able to see the love and power of Jesus first hand! Pray for our financial needs!
VOLUNTEERING!!! We are always in need of people willing to be the hands and feet of Jesus to our campers! Look at the volunteer link here on the website for more info, or call the home office with any questions you may have. We also need NURSES! Without nurses, we cannot have camp!!! Some of our campers have a number of medications and medical needs that for which it is of utmost importance to have someone with proper training to attend to those needs!
FINANCIAL SUPPORT!!! Power Ministries is a 501c3 Non-Profit ministry! Simply put, this means that Power Ministries runs solely on donations from our supporters and fund raisers! Without those contributions, there are no handi-camps, and there are no community outreach programs! If you or someone you know is looking for a organization to support, we’d love for you to consider making Power Ministries a part of your giving this year!
Again, Happiest of New Years to you and yours!!! We hope to see or hear from you this year!!!! To keep apprised of the camps and events of 2015, keep checking here and on our Facebook page!
2014 is almost over, who’s thinking about Handi-Camp already??? WE ARE!!! Here is the list of locations and dates!! Can’t wait to see you!!!
Here is the list of locations and dates for 2015!! Can’t wait to see you!!!
1. Camp Brosend 1 – Feb. 20 – 22
2. Lake James Christian Camp 1 – May 22 – 24
3. White Mills Christian Camp 1- May 31 – June 3
White Mills, KY
4. Woodland Lakes Christian Camp June 7-9 3rd-6th grades
5. Camp Brosend 2 – July 12 – 15
6. Camp Brosend 3 – July 15 – 18
7. Lake Springfield Christian Assembly – Oct. 9-11
8. White Mills Christian Camp 2 – July 26 – 29
9. White Mills Christian Camp 3 – July 29 – Aug 1
White Mills, KY
10. Camp One Way – Aug. 7 – 9
Mt. Auburn, IL
11. Sylvan Hills Christian Camp – August 12 – 15
Marsh Creek, PA
12. White Mills Christian Camp 4 – Sept. 11 – 13
White Mills, KY
13. Lake James Christian Camp 2 – Sept. 25 – 27
14. Camp Brosend 4 – Oct. 16 – 18
It’s that time of year! The time of year when we reach out to our Power Ministries friends and family to stand with us! As a non profit organization, we depend on those that surround us to help keep the wheels in motion, and the dreams alive. So much goes into the functions and planning of Power Ministries each year, and there have been moments where that has been done on a bare bones budget! God has always provided, and he’s done this with people like you that have a heart for special needs ministry!! Stand with us as we prepare for the next steps in the ministry!!
Fall typically instills visions of Back-to-school, leaves changing colors, pumpkins and cooler weather. At Power Ministries, it still means all of those things, but it also means FALL RETREATS!!! We have 3 exciting retreats coming up in the next couple of months! We hope that you are able to join us either as a camper OR a volunteer! Here are the dates!
White Mills Christian Camp 4, Sept. 19 – 21
(in conjunction with the Emmaus community)
Lake James Christian Camp 2, Sept. 26 – 28
Camp Brosend 4, Oct. 17 – 19
If you are interested in participating with any of these sessions, please contact the home office at 812-945-4117 or print out one of the registration forms from the website!
Hope to see you at camp!!!!