Missionary Stories – Elizabeth Murphy

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“The second I got to Camp Barnabas, I knew what I was supposed to be doing with my life.” At age 16, disability ministry was new to Elizabeth. But something about Camp Barnabas clicked. “Without even thinking about it, I signed up to serve for three weeks.” And she’s never looked back. “The minute I pulled into the gates for … Read More

Meet Daniel Matheny

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“Because of attachment, visual impairment, and making our home in Africa, I never imagined Daniel would have a traditional summer camp experience. Through the Lord’s work in him and in this place, he got the chance.”  -Sara Matheny, Daniel’s Mom The Matheny Family met Daniel at age three. They were hoping to adopt, and quickly fell in love with his … Read More

Meet Our Staff: Kelli Hinderliter – Camper Registrar

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Our Camper Registrar, Kelli, is a witty, coffee-loving, long-time staffer at Barnabas, and we finally got the chance to learn a little more about her with some fun questions: Question: What do you like to do for fun? Answer: Does drinking coffee count? I love going to the movie theater, doesn’t matter on the movie as long as it is … Read More

Meet Our Staff: Sammi Novak – Staff Director

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We’re excited to introduce to you our Staff Director, Sammi! Sammi loves hiking, camping, and just spending as much time outdoors as possible. We sat down with her and asked her a few questions so can get to know her better before you meet her at camp this summer! Question: What is your role at camp this summer? Answer: I … Read More

January Featured Camper: Jason

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When it comes to camp legends, Jason Moon, (or, as he’s called at camp, “Moon Dawg”), is as legendary as they come. Moon Dawg has been attending Camp Barnabas since 1994. We got the opportunity to sit down with Jason last summer and talk about his experience at camp over the years: Question: What do you love most about camp? … Read More

February Featured Camper: Olivia

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Olivia was born with glaucoma and lost her vision shortly after. Although she is legally blind and uses a cane to get around; her spirit is as bright as ever. ABOUT OLIVIA: Diagnosis: Glaucoma Age: 9 years old Years attending camp: Two years Favorite thing about camp: “I enjoy the water slides and the swimming pool.”-Olivia What makes camp memorable: … Read More

December Featured Camper: Nathan

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To 19-year-old Nathan, Camp Barnabas isn’t just a place he goes for the summer, to him it’s “like another home.” Nathan captured our hearts this year with his sweet story. We were lucky enough to catch it on camera along with interviews with his dad and summer missionary, Sam. Here are a few of the highlights: Name: Nathan Leeker Age: … Read More

November Featured Camper: Ruby

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Ruby has attended Camp Barnabas for 7 years. She loves coming to see her friends and learning about Jesus. When she grows up, she wants to attend Gallaudet and study art. She also looks forward to the day she can “come back to Camp Barnabas…to work during the summer with kids who are deaf and take care of them.” What … Read More

October Featured Camper: Watson

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At 5 months old Watson suffered a metabolic crisis that caused him to lose all of his motor skills. Flash forward 14 years, and he is taking on life (both at home & at camp) with as much speed as his power chair will allow!   We caught up with Watson and his family to learn more about what makes … Read More