Amy Wichterman at RBM Ministries

Serving the Church by Reaching the Children

Summer at Camp Barakel — August 31, 2016

Summer at Camp Barakel

I had a great summer serving at Camp Barakel.  I’ve been back home for a couple of weeks now, but wanted to share a little more with you about my time at camp.


My main job, as I shared in another post, was a lifeguard.  I was the “buddy checker” and kept track of who entered and exited the waterfront.  My brother-in-law was the head lifeguard and we had fun working together and with all of the other lifeguards.  I also loved talking with the kids as they came in and out of the swimming area.


Another job I had was “mail lady.”  My sister and I did this job together.  Four days a week, we picked up the camper and staff mail that was going out of camp, took it into the post office in town, and came back with all of the mail and packages that were coming to the campers and staff.  It was fun to see all of the packages and letters arriving.  Some days, we had several totes of mail that we had to take back to camp.  By the end of the summer we had become good friends with Carole, the lady who worked at the Fairview Post Office!  My sister and I also did other work in the camp office when we had time.  One of these jobs was getting packets of materials ready for the counselors each week.  We also helped prepare for the arrival of the Hisability campers, a fun week of camp designed especially for people with special needs.


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On Mondays, when the campers went home, everyone spent the morning cleaning to get ready for the next group of campers.  It is a big camp, so there is always a lot of cleaning to do.

It is always a privilege to be a part of the work at Camp Barakel.  I am thankful that so many kids are able to come and have the Good News about Jesus shared with them.  It was a great summer!



Permission Slips Out To Schools — August 25, 2016

Permission Slips Out To Schools

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Today I spent the day visiting schools.  These are the schools I will be picking kids up from each month.  I will then, with the help of volunteers, take the kids to a nearby church and teach a Bible lesson to them.  I went to the school offices and gave them Released Time Bible Class permission slips for each classroom.  Please pray with me that parents will fill out these forms and return them to the school offices so that many children can participate in the classes.

If you know any kids who attend these schools, please tell them about Released Time Bible Classes so they can sign up!

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Kellogg Elementary – Gull Lake

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Richland Elementary – Gull Lake

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Ryan Intermediate – Gull Lake

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North Elementary – Comstock

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STEM Academy – Comstock

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Green Meadow Elementary – Comstock

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Forest Academy – Charter School in Comstock

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Schoolcraft Elementary School

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Sunset Lake Elementary – Vicksburg

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Indian Lake Elementary – Vicksburg

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Tobey Elementary – Vicksburg

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Climax-Scotts Elementary

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Galesburg-Augusta Primary School

I also teach a preschool class at Kids Crossing Learning Center (a ministry of Chapman Memorial Nazarene Church in Vicksburg).  Permission slips are not needed for this class as all of the children in the preschool attend the Bible class.

These are just the classes I will be teaching.  There are MANY more classes going on in public schools throughout the state of Michigan.  Check with your school to see if you can sign your kids up for a class or contact the RBM office to see if there is a class going on at your public school.  For more information about Released Time Bible Classes, go the RBM Ministries website, or click here.


Sharing with the Summer Staff about RBM — August 16, 2016
Summer Update — August 1, 2016

Summer Update


Summer at Camp Barakel is going well.  I spend my afternoons at the waterfront as a lifeguard.  My main job there is buddy checker – keeping track of the campers as they enter and exit the waterfront.  I love being able to interact with the kids as they come down to the lake to swim.  In the mornings, my sister and I do the mail run – taking the mail into town and bringing back the new mail.  It is fun to see all of the packages that come in each day.  I also help clean a camp building each week when the campers go home and help with other office/programming work.  I am so thankful to be able to serve God at Barakel.  Thank you to those of you who are supporting me financially and through your prayers so I can do this work and return to Released Time Bible Classes in the fall!