"Changing Lives Through Christ-Centered Experiences"
Our mission at Barnabas is to show others the love of Christ in every aspect of our ministry. Our ministry is not only in changing the lives of those with special needs and chronic illnesses, but also in changing the lives of all who come in contact with Barnabas: campers, missionaries, parents, staff and donors. We want to show our campers that they can live a life of ability and they were beautifully, wonderfully and perfectly created with a purpose. We want to show our missionaries what it looks like to serve others the way Christ calls us to serve, to look past physical appearances and instead, look at the heart. We want our donors to be blessed and touched by the stories of how their gift went towards giving a child the best week of their life where they made new friends, were encouraged, and were shown life-changing worth. We want our parents to find respite while their child is at camp and to find encouragement from staff, from other parents and from children just like their own. We want our staff to be challenged by the growth and strengthening of their faith as they set aside their own needs for three months while serving our campers, parents, missionaries and fellow staff. The experiences gained from Camp Barnabas go beyond a week at summer camp. These experiences change perspectives, redefine disability and become life-changing.
STATEMENT OF FAITH:
We believe God Almighty to be our Creator and Heavenly Father and His son Jesus Christ to be our Lord and Savior. We also believe the Holy Bible to be His inspired word and, as such, our final authority for faith and life. It is our purpose to teach His word and to glorify Him in all that we do.
Camp Barnabas is a unique ministry providing Christian camping experiences to people with special needs and to their siblings. The program exists to offer life-changing experiences to campers and to the people who serve them. Utilizing the camp venue, our organization provides ministry and social experiences that increase spiritual knowledge and increase human dignity to all who participate in the program.
Camp Barnabas is a Christian summer camp dedicated to providing summer camp experiences to people with special needs, physical or intellectual challenges, and their siblings from throughout the United States. We uphold the values and principles taught by Jesus Christ and we aim to fulfill the Great Commission in the work we do.
We respect the diversity of religious beliefs and allow all in need to receive our services. All teachings are purposed toward basic Biblical principles with no denominational emphasis.
We respect the difficulties and joys of parenting a child with special needs and we strive to bring new experiences into these families. We seek to promote a sense of normalcy in the lives of children living with a disease or disability. We recognize that disease and disability impact the whole family and we therefore minister to the siblings of a child with special needs by inviting them to join in the camp experience.