After retirement, we became Snowbirds to Florida, missing three months of Michigan winter. We also missed ministry opportunities, and were not comfortable to “be on vacation” from serving the Lord. As we shared this at a church picnic last summer, a lady told us that she and her late husband had worked with Campers on Mission (COM), affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). We went online and immediately joined COM, a ministry that we wanted to be a part of when we would be Snowbirds again. We were disappointed that there was not a Michigan COM chapter, and soon the Lord laid it upon our hearts to begin this ministry so you would also know about COM. We have been laying groundwork for a new chapter, Michigan Campers on Mission (MI COM).
We invite you to join us soon for a MI Campers On Mission Work Opportunity at Bambi Lake Retreat & Conference Center. We will let you know the dates as soon as we are able to get a work week scheduled after the health travel restrictions are lifted. We will hold an informational meeting to tell you more about COM, and officially organize the Michigan Chapter immediately after the work week. We currently have 20 members and are looking for new members to become volunteer missionaries with us. Call us for more information and to register.
Campers on Mission is a national fellowship of evangelical Christian campers who look for opportunities to share their faith and love of Jesus Christ through their participation in mission activities while camping. Two characteristics of COMers are a love of the great outdoors and a love of sharing Jesus. While enjoying the camping experience, they participate in mission projects including church planting, construction, disaster relief recovery, Backyard Bible Clubs, fairs, festivals, campgrounds, auto racing, parades, and truck stops, engaging in opportunities to tell others about Jesus. COMers are active members of local churches and “on mission” Christians, “sharing Christ” through word and deed “as we go”.
Michigan Campers on Mission will focus on mission projects in our state, but can also connect campers with opportunities throughout the United States. Whether you are a tent camper, an RVer, or a trailer camper; a seasonal camper, a weekend camper, or a full-timer; a retired couple, young family or single individual; there is a role for you as a part of the COM family. COM projects can include construction, repairs, maintenance, skilled trades, sewing, cleaning, painting, cooking, office work, etc.
There are no membership fees or dues to join MI COM. Each member is a volunteer missionary, having access to the Michigan and National COM websites to keep informed of upcoming opportunities to travel and serve. Travels can be individual or as a group, commitments are individually set up through a planned event, work opportunity, or camp. MI COM invites to join COM as a volunteer missionary. Find MI COM on Facebook Michigan Campers on Mission or on the web at www.michigancampersonmission.org or call Rick or Cindy Truesdail at (810) 869-4716.