EVANSVILLE, Ind. - Answering the Call To Serve (ACTS) celebrates its tenth anniversary this past summer.
Blue Grass United Methodist Church, in the Evansville District, has sponsored this six-day work camp since June 2000. United Methodist campers have come from every corner of the state to participate in this youth-centered program. Each year more than 80 youth and adult campers converge at Camp Reveal in Evansville to begin their life-changing week. Blue Grass UMC facilities also are used for meals and worship.
The purpose of the camp is to demonstrate God's love through acts of service (minor home repair, painting, small building projects, cleaning, yard work, and, yes, windows) for persons physically or financially unable to accomplish these tasks. In the past nine years, nearly 700 campers have participated in providing assistance for 400 homeowners in a five-county area.
During each week, teams of six, including one adult and several youth from various churches, travel to the site for the day to accomplish the needed work. They also minister by visiting and praying with the homeowner.
Along with the daily work assignment, campers enjoy swimming, volleyball, basketball, and other organized activities. Each day begins with devotions and each evening ends with lively worship and sharing of the day's experiences. Though much is accomplished in the community during the week, the greater work may be done in each camper's life. Each year, many campers make a commitment to Christ and respond to the call of ministry on their lives.
Over the years, ACTS has developed a reputation as being a high-quality, Christ-centered work camp. ACTS will be held Sun., June 7 through Friday, June 12. Churches interested in bringing a group to ACTS or would like more information, are invited to visit the church's Web site at www.bluegrassumc.org or contact the church at 812-867-3997.