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MI Campers on Mission celebrate the New Year virtually

by Rick and Cindy Truesdail

GRAND BLANC, MI – Amidst the confusion of what to do, when to do, and how to do work projects and fellowship opportunities while dealing with COVID restrictions and using safety measures, Michigan Campers on Mission is continuing to seek ways to connect and continue their mission.

The most recent event was a New Year’s party on Zoom. We set a date and time to meet, sent out the invitation link at the time of the party, and several MI COM members were able to log in and join the virtual party.

We had a fun time, laughing and sharing together as we reflected on 2020 and how God brought us through. We answered a few trivia questions, talked about a few humorous pictures that reflected 2020, and found out who was naughty for peeking at gifts early, re-gifting, hiding candy for our own selves, etc. We have a few naughty ones in our group.

A Zoom party does not replace personal contact, it was exciting that we were able to join in from various states. COM Chaplain, Pastor Chip Collins, shared from Philippians 3 with us, encouraging us to press on toward the mark in the new year. He and Suzie were traveling home from visiting family in North Carolina for the holiday. Gayle Jones blessed us with a couple of songs, ending with “Go Tell it on the Mountain”, which instructs us to continue sharing Christ in 2021. Pastor Tim Jones and Gayle are on mission in Missouri, so it was great they were able to join the party. It was exciting to meet newer MI COM members via Zoom, and their children and little fur-baby. COM Region 4 Representatives, Don and Jan Kragness, were able to speak with us from Illinois. It was a great time!

We covet your prayers as we make plans to work and evangelize in 2021, knowing that some of them may be cancelled due to restrictions. Regardless, we are moving forward to continue “Sharing Christ as We Go.”



Rick and Cindy Truesdail have been married for 27 years. Together they have 5 children and 14 grandchildren. During their early years together, they worked as leaders of a Single Adult Ministry. Rick is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a licensed SBC minister. He served as Associate Pastor with a Spanish-speaking church in Flint for 10 years and Cindy served as the Pastoral Assistant. They are currently active members at Heritage Baptist Church, Grand Blanc, and are eager to work with Campers on Mission in their retirement.


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