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Michigan Campers on Mission - May 2022 update

by Rick and Cindy Truesdail

Happy Spring, MI COMers! We are so happy to be home and yet a little sad to leave the mission work at The Great Passion Play (GPP). We feel we accomplished what God had sent us to do there for six weeks. It was fun for us to have our son, Richard, work beside us for last two of those weeks. He enjoyed it a lot and loved this place just as much as we do, wishing he could stay longer. Kent is the director at the GPP, and Joe oversees the volunteer workers. For those who have been there, you know that both these dedicated Christian men are wonderful to work for. Many know that if you love your job, it’s not work. Well, we loved our jobs, and many days went past eight hours working because we didn’t want to quit. COMers are asked to work a minimum of 16 hours per week when they camp at a site. It’s amazing how easy it is to just keep on working until you know you must stop and grab a bit of dinner and get ready for bed. Not a requirement – a blessing! We hope you keep on mission for the glory of God’s kingdom and enjoy it as much as we do. This year we saw evidence of our work from last year and we just continued to build upon leaving our own little imprint on this ministry. Some of you have made a big difference here over many years. We can’t catch up with you, but we will keep doing our part each year.

“I have seen personally what is the only beneficial and appropriate course of action for people: to eat and drink, and find enjoyment in all their hard work on earth during the few days of their life that God has given them, for this is their reward."

Ecclesiastes 5:18

Sharing Christ as We Go,

Rick and Cindy


Bambi Work Week & Spring Rally 2022

May 9-14, 2022

Monday noon – Saturday AM

Bambi Lake Baptist Retreat & Conference Center

Roscommon, MI


Set aside this week to come to and be a part of MI COM on mission. We have four work teams: Construction, Cleaning & Beautification, Sewing, and Kitchen. There is always a place for you! Contact Cindy to make your reservation for a campsite or room in the lodge.

  • Construction team will be installing an egress window in one of the cabins.

  • Beautification team will have all kinds of yard work to do:

- Cleaning leaves out behind buildings and flower beds, twigs, etc. from yard.

- Clean-up of yard/landscaping at beach house.

- Front sign area

- Sand and paint registers on the first floor rooms.

  • Sewing team will have some curtains that need hemming from the white trailer. If we have time, we will work on MI-COM sewing projects. Bring your sewing machine, materials (cotton, flannel, etc.)

The SBC Disaster Relief team will be there too, and it is a joy to work beside them. Delicious meals are provided by Bambi Lake staff. This is a wonderful way to begin your summer!


JACHIN ABC Youth Program

Weekday evenings in the month of July 2022

Plan to be involved with MI COM and Jachin Baptist Church ABC Youth Program outreach in July – working with boys and girls in Flint to learn carpentry, electrical, plumbing, and sewing skills; AND telling them about Jesus!

You will be able to work each weekday evening or pick a day(s) that suits your schedule. Even if you can come just one day, you will be blessed to see what this exciting ministry offers to Flint youth who really need this!

More information to follow soon.


2022 COM National Rally

June 7-9, 2022

North Florida Fairgrounds

Tallahassee, FL

Celebrate the Golden 50th Anniversary of Campers on Mission. "Renew in 2022" will be the theme.

Many special speakers, lots of sings! Workshops, training, and networking! Send in your registration today!


COM working at The Great Passion Play

We did a lot of work during our 6 week stay at the Great Passion Play (GPP). Our son, Richard, came to work with us the last 2 weeks and loved it as much as we do. COMers can schedule a mission project there throughout the year, so put this on your bucket list!


Chaplain's Corner

Pastor Chip Collins, Heritage Baptist Church, Grand Blanc, MI

The story is told of a teacher who gave her class of second graders a lesson on the magnet and what it does. The next day in a written test, she included this question: “My full name has six letters. The first one is M. I pick up things. What am I?” When the test papers were turned in, the teacher was astonished to find that almost 50 percent of the students answered the question with the word “Mother”.

In this month of Mother’s Day celebration, my prayer is that Moms and Grandma’s will do much more than clean up the messes left behind by their children and grandchildren: but rather, that they (like a magnet) will draw their children to Jesus Christ, the One and only Savior and the very Son of God, who is the only One who can clean up their souls. I am praying for you!

To the Praise of His Glory,

Chaplain Chip


MI COM Tees & Hats

For Sale

We have fun things and essentials for you to let others know you are a MI COMer!!!

We encourage you to wear the tees whenever you are working or on a COM event.

  • Tees are printed on the front and the back

  • Patches are iron-on or easy to sew onto your shirts or jackets

  • Key Chains are plastic on metal holder

  • Hand-held fan is paper on wooden handle

  • Hats are gray with embroidered logo, adjustable

  • Lapel Pins are easily attached to a suit jacket or coat.

  • Stickers to put on notebooks, computers, etc.

  • Pens to accent your writing

Contact Cindy for your purchase.


MI COM Officers & Executive Board

Presidents/Project Coordinator: Rick & Cindy Truesdail

Vice-President/Project: Tony Morningstar

Hospitality/Food Coordinator: Kim Norrington & Maria Hannuksela

Sewing Project Coordinator: Cindy Truesdail & Terry Simmons Cleaning & Beautification Coordinator: Sharon Hessling & Ruth Farwell

Secretary: Brandi Dyke Treasurer: Gary Hannuksela Chaplain: Pastor Chip Collins Historian: Cindy Truesdail

Disaster Relief Liaison: Warren Hessling


Networking Center


Keep checking at our online Website and Facebook for announcements!

Facebook: Michigan Campers on Mission

For more information, contact: Rick & Cindy Truesdail Phone: (810) 869-4716


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