Thursday, July 24
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The Presbytery of Transylvania
The city of Ravenna, Kentucky, approached the two mission directors of the Burnamwood Appalachian Ministry (BAM) and asked, “Can you all build a playground?” These two young adults turned to each other, and after several moments of silent consideration, replied, “Why not?”
When the Canfield Presbyterian youth group arrived for a week of volunteer work, the BAM directors sat them down and explained that they were about to begin a big project—building Ravenna’s only public playground. No one had built a playground before. No one expected to finish it in a week. No one knew they would provide so much joy.
BAM, a mission outreach camp of Burnamwood Camp and Conference Center, a ministry of the Transylvania Presbytery, believes that every person deserves to have adequate housing and that nonprofit organizations deserve to have facilities that allow them to serve their communities well. When Ravenna needed help building its only public playground, the youth and adults of BAM responded faithfully and enthusiastically. The volunteers amazed everyone by building that playground within a week. They worked hard, in the hottest part of the summer, so that the children and families of that central Appalachian community could play hard.
The likelihood that the BAM staff and volunteers will come back to Ravenna to use the playground is slim. They do not live there. They do not travel there. The beauty of their generous mission did not end on Friday of that week. At the end of the summer, the playground was officially opened to the community and will continue to be a safe place for fellowship for years to come.
Canfield Presbyterian is one of 88 congregations in the Presbytery of Transylvania.
—Amy Carpenter, executive director, Burnamwood Camp and Conference Center
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Lord of love, when we doubt that we can change things for the better, help us to remember the longer effects that a generous act provides. Grant us the strength to meet the service opportunities that we encounter with faithfulness and energy, in order to fill this imperfect world with joy. Amen.