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Mora County Notebook - Two camps held during the same week

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By Ruth Fort

Two special summer camps were held during the week of July 15 to July 22.

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They were the  Mora Valley Baptist Church Vacation Bible School and the Presbyterians Loma Verde Junior Camp.

The Mora Valley Baptist Church held their yearly Vacation Bible School. The bible school was a huge success under the leadership of Pastor Evodio Rios and the volunteers of the local church members and the youth of Whiteface Baptist Church in Whiteface, Texas.

The youth and their leaders of Whiteface Baptist Church have come to help with the Mora Valley Baptist Church Vacation Bible School for 18 years. They have served in planning supplying materials and sharing the love of Christ with the youth. The bible school was open to all who wished to come. Many churches of the area were represented as well as young people whom typically don’t go to church.

There were around 50 participants. They enjoyed Bible study, music, arts and crafts. It ended on Friday evening with a program in which the children shared what they had learned with a large audience. The theme was “Awesome God, Amazing Power”

During the same week, the Presbyterian Loma Verde Junior Camp was held in Taos Canyon. There was a full camp with 24 camp attendees. from the northern communities ages nine through 12. They had five returning campers aged 15 and up who were the councilors and there was one helper.

The volunteer teachers and leaders were: Bible study: Gay Veit, arts and crafts: Barb Hutchinson and Crystal Fort, music ministry: Michael Zamora and Mikaela Hughes, puppetry ministry: Tricia Wilson, activities: Paul Fort and the registered nurse was Maxine Hughes. The kitchen help/cooks through out the week included eight volunteers from the Taos and Mora area. The co-directors of the camp were Paul and Crystal Fort, who have directed the camp for the last nine years, and look forward for more years to come.

With the help of the grant money from the Mission of the North the cost to campers is very inexpensive.

The camp was open to all denominations. The campers came from the Presbyterian, Baptist, Catholic, Calvery Chapel non-denominational, Church of Christ and the Presbyterian Korean Church in Santa Fe and not regular religious service attending families.

The campers had a fun-packed week with Bible study, worship, prayer, outdoor exploration, hiking, arts and crafts, recreation, games, camp fire, music, puppetry and camp chores.

Their journey this week was enjoying God’s beautiful outdoors and knowing God personally, and knowing themselves through other people and helped enhance their personal lives in their own Bible study, trying new things and building new relationships and strengthening old ones.  The week ended with a program and worship on Sunday. After the worship there was a potluck lunch and then the campers started for home after their goodbyes and promises to come back next year.

Ruth Fort is a Mora County correspondent. She may  be reached at (575) 387-6523 or ruthfortchacon@yahoo.com.