TMA's Camp Sparta
The end of the year is a time for reflection; it's with great joy that we can share with you the impact TMA's Camp Sparta, is having for eternity. As many of you know, back in 2011, TMA was presented with an opportunity to expand our ministry in the city of Sebring, Florida. We purposed to use the 34 acre camp on the lake as an outreach tool so that every person who camps at Camp Sparta hears the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Children are coming to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ!
In just under two years, Camp Sparta has been revitalized and is truly accomplishing the mission! Camp Director David Chadwick shared that nearly every single group that comes to Camp Sparta has individuals who either give their life to Jesus Christ for the first time or make a decision to recommit their life to God. It has truly been a gift to our own TMA students, who serve as camp counselors and helpers, to be part of the process and lead children to a saving faith in our Lord.
Camp Sparta has just recently hosted 73 retreat groups (totaling over 1,700 people!) and summer camps have served over 150 children. The camp is quickly growing into the choice for Christian schools and churches to utilize for their youth and adult activities. Not only do groups come from Central Florida, but a growing number of people are coming from Miami and the South Florida area. The camp has also been used to minister to the Sebring YMCA, the local Sebring football team, and other Sebring churches.
Special thanks goes out to the TMA student body who did a "Change for Children" campaign this year; through that, we raised money to scholarship needy children (via a Haitian church) and blessed them with a free weekend of camp where they heard the Gospel message. We were also able to scholarship nearly a dozen underprivileged children to attend a week at summer camp.
The TMA family has been blessed to be able to use the camp ground, as well.
TMA students, faculty, and staff have also been able to use this beautiful camp ground. We have hosted several school retreats (using the lake activities, campfire, ropes course, zipline, paintball, cafeteria, air-conditioned cabins, etc.) and you know, as teachers, we use it as our retreat site to kick off each school year. The Junior Beta Club was able to use the grounds as a place to work on their service project. As we look forward to the upcoming summer, we know that many TMA students will have the opportunity to gain service hours as helpers and counselors.
All glory and honor goes to God for giving TMA the blessing of utilizing and running a Christian camp. We are humbled to be able to lead young people to the Lord and to encourage people in their walk with Him!