Camp Jubilee 2021 Was A Huge Success
On Sunday afternoon, August 1, 40 campers from across the Piedmont convened at Betsy Jeff Penn 4H Educational Center for a long awaited week of Camp Jubilee. Welcoming these special campers were over 50 volunteer counselors and staff! With COVID canceling our 2020 summer camp, the campers enthusiasm and excitement upon arrival and throughout the week was more exhilarating than ever.
Camp Jubilee, an overnight camp hosted by Mount Jubilee Ministries for teens and adults with special needs, picked right up from where it left off in the summer of 2019. The inaugural Sunday evening dance was a huge hit for campers and counselors alike. Horseback riding, archery and canoeing filled our mornings while crafts and swimming took place in the afternoon.
Each morning and evening, Peter, Emily, Forest, Joy and Sarah Dodge led our praise and worship. With every session, the stage was filled with campers volunteering their heartfelt worship Following the praise and worship, seasoned Bible teachers, Andy and Loretta Burgess taught many Biblical principles centering around the life of Joseph.
The annual talent show was the highlight of the week with over 35 campers hitting the stage with the most wonderful talents imaginable! Singing, dancing, story telling, math, trivia and more were a few of the talents expressed. Around the campfire, campers and counselors alike, shared testimonies on what Camp Jubilee meant to them. For the campers, the theme centered around the love and inclusion they experience at Camp Jubilee. The theme surrounding the counselor testimonies was clearly how blessed they were by the genuine love and purity of the campers. Lives were favorably changed!
Camp Jubilee 2021 introduced the Jabe Wilhoit Counselor Award. Jabe, a former counselor and friend of MJM, lost his life in a tragic car accident on December __, 2020. The award was presented to Edwin Stevens in recognition of his outstanding service during Camp Jubilee. Edwin humbly accepted the award by recognizing the Wilhoit family. He then turned his attention to his camper, Garrett, and acknowledged how he had positively impacted his life through the time they spent together.