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Mission trip lets West Point church members serve others – Daily Press

First Baptist of West Point members who went to a mission trip in Lynchburg last month. Courtesy of First Baptist Church of West Point (HANDOUT)
WEST POINT — Six members of First Baptist Church in West Point who recently went on a mission trip are ready to keep giving back to others.
The group recently spent five days at the annual Mission Connections Celebration, held at a conference center in Lynchburg. The theme was “Fully Equipped” — taken from a verse in the book of 2 Corinthians that says God provides everything one needs to do good work.
“It was great helping people and doing hands-on mission work,” said the Rev. Jim Goebel, the church’s senior pastor and acting youth pastor. “We didn’t want to quit because we had a sense of calling in giving back to other people.”
Goebel joined Kay Camp, the church’s youth director, and Keith Norman, the transportation director, along with rising 6th grader Charlotte Bunch, rising 7th grader Leland Camp and teenager Astrid Camp from July 18-22 at Eagle Eyrie, a “Christ-centered” camp that serves over 20,000 people every year.
Leland Camp and Charlotte Bunch were two of three youth from First Baptist Church of West Point who recently attended a mission trip. Courtesy of First Baptist Church of West Point (HANDOUT)
According to its website, the camp, established in the 1950s, aims “to provide a Christian environment where people discover, develop, and nurture their spiritual lives as they experience worship, Christian training, Bible study, recreation, and fellowship with God and one another.”
The conference offers a mission experience for all ages, from infants to adults.
The First Baptist team traveled together on the church bus to Lynchburg, settling into men’s and women’s cottages upon arrival.
Warrenton Baptist Church pastor Mike Bradley delivered messages every night while the church’s worship band played contemporary Christian hymns.
“We all thoroughly enjoyed the worship,” said Kay Camp.
The mission work started the morning after the group arrived following breakfast and a send-off. For his mission job, Leland Camp joined 18 other rising 7th graders and worked on cleaning up the Eagle Eyrie campus.
The group performed landscaping duties around the church chapel, which had sustained previous fire damage, and cleaned trash cans throughout the facility.
Leland also participated in the talent show with bamboo stick fighting and a late-night hike.
Astrid Camp joined five women in the knitting and crocheting group, making 21 hats for infants. According to her grandmother, Kay Camp, Astrid learned how to crochet that week and has since been enjoying doing it at home since she returned.
Astrid Camp’s mission for the week was crocheting hats for infants. Courtesy of First Baptist Church of West Point (HANDOUT)
“Just knowing that these little hats are going to be providing comfort to these little babies is very humbling,” said fellow group member Maryanna Soult, a Quinton resident representing Antioch Baptist Church in Sandston.
“As a parent, when you have the baby, you have such joy to know that there’s this hat that was made,” Soult said. “That hat is going to be so precious to that parent and more importantly, is going to keep that baby warm.”
Due to her age, Charlotte Bunch attended classes every day instead of doing mission work. She learned about missionaries and scripture and completed art projects throughout the week. Both Pastor Jim Goebel and Keith Camp worked on landscaping and repairs off campus, while Kay Camp attended Bible studies and listened to missionaries speak about their experiences overseas.
During their free time, the First Baptist group helped others pack 14,500 bags of food for the Source of Light orphanage in Haiti and participated in activities such as swimming, skating, and playing laser tag.
“Even though we had a small group this year, we had a really good time,” Kay Camp said. “We had a very good experience and Lord willing I’ll probably go back next year.”
According to Goebel, First Baptist of West Point is working on growing its youth program, which currently has about 10 members.
“We’re involved in developing our youth, giving them family values and working together for God and having fun at the same time,” Goebel said.
For more information on Eagle Eyrie, visit eagleeyrie.org or First Baptist of West Point, visit fbcwestpoint.org.
Amy Jo Martin, amyjoreporter@gmail.com
Copyright © 2022, Daily Press
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