Earlier this year, 15-year-old Esther Campbell began collecting cans in hopes of sending 16 children to Mt. Hope Bible Camp this summer.
Campbell said she felt drawn to assist with the ministry after attending and enjoying camp for all these years. It was her hope to sponsor 16 campers registration fees since she will turn 16 this July. Each registration fee totals $60 for the week, bringing the total cost to $960.
Thanks to those willing to let Campbell pick up their recycling and monetary donations, she exceeded her goal, raising $1,181.
These funds will pay the way of 18 campers. The remainder has been donated to the camp.
The camp, located in Otway, began with just 33 acres of land on Crabtree Cemetery Road donated by Reverend Souter Hooper to the Ohio Bible Conference in 1969. Under the direction of Missionaries Dale and Belva Beery, the site was developed into a campground for Christian summer camps.
In 1991, the Beery’s retired from their work at Mt. Hope and passed the torch to Jody Stevens. Stevens married Beth Richardson that same summer and together they served as the camp missionaries for 21 years. In 2011, the Stevens’ retired from their work, and Brett and Sara Wilson have served as the directors since that time. Today, the camp serves over 500 children each summer.
Campbell has been attending the camp for four years and has worked at the camp for the past three summers. Her first year, she worked in the kitchen and now serves as a Junior cabin leader.
The first group of campers, ages 15 through graduating seniors, will attend from June 19-24. The next group, ages 13-14, will attend June 26- July 1, while ages 11-12 head to camp July 3-8. Ages 6-7 can attend July 11-13, followed by those ages 8-9 on July 17-22. The last group, which range from ages 10-11, will attend July 24-29. If you or someone you know has a child who would like to attend camp, online registration forms can be found by visiting www.mthopebiblecamp.com.
“I just wanted to thank everyone who supported my goal and donated. I want to thank God most of all because he made all of this possible,” said Campbell.
If you or someone you know would like to learn more about Mt. Hope Bible Camp, you can find them on Facebook by searching, “Mt. Hope Bible Camp,” by visiting their website, www.mthopebiblecamp.com or by calling 740-372-6422.