LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) – In the early days of the coronavirus in March, almost everybody expected it to be gone by summer.
That was true for Stacy Nall, too. She is the children’s consultant for the Kentucky Woman’s Missionary Union and in that role was responsible for managing the annual Mission Camp for kids.
“I kept thinking in March, surely we’ll be able to do something in June,” she said.
The Kentucky WMU’s Mission Camp was scheduled for last weekend in Campbellsville but, because of the ongoing virus issues, it had to be cancelled or changed to a virtual meeting.
Nall has put together a five-day video project on the Kentucky WMU YouTube Channel for Monday to Friday of next week. The first one launches at 10 a.m. and is free to anyone who wants to participate.
Missionaries from Brazil, Peru, France, Togo and Kentucky will be represented. All of the missionaries are Kentucky natives, Nall said.
The goal for the week is Reaching the Goal, taken from Philippians 3:14.
Each day’s video features 30 to 40 minutes with the missionary and then a time for crafts. “We’re asking everybody who watches it to interact with us in different ways, including if they have some questions for the missionaries,” Nall said. “We’ll have some pages the children can download.”
Nall said it became obvious to them in May that they would have to put together a virtual camp.
“I really didn’t know that much about” putting a video together, she said. “It’s been a learning curve for me. We’ll see how it goes.”
Kentucky WMU has been advertising the Mission Camp week on Facebook and through Kentucky Connect and Kentucky Today with the Kentucky Baptist Convention.
The video has the mission lesson and some camp craft projects for the children, she said.
“We hope we can get a lot of views,” Nall said. “I’m sure there will be some way to be able to see how many. We know it’s different but it’s the way we have to do things.”
The video is for first through sixth graders, and parents can also download a Quiet Time booklet, Nall said.
Missionaries did their own videos and sent them to Nall. On Friday, Amy Wilhelmus, who works as a missionary in Covington, is the speaker.
Liz Encinia, the executive director-treasurer of the Kentucky WMU, will be teaching the children John 3:16 in Spanish during the video with the Peru missionary, Nall said.
Click HERE to view the Kentucky WMU Children’s Missions Channel.