지난 6월 29일부터 7월 3일까지 있었던 Lodi mission 2020이 우리 노회 (Cayuga-Syracuse Presbytery) 소식지에 게재되었습니다.
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Preaching the Gospel in season and out of season
With God's grace and protection, the Korean Church of Syracuse was able to host "the Drive-Thru Lodi Summer Camp" this summer -- an adapted version of the tradition summer camp.
The Lodi Mission is a ministry for refugee children, which the church has held every year since 2010. The ministry is held every year from the end of June to early July for five days on Lodi street on the North Side of Syracuse. Many volunteers who have trained through the ministry's orientation, workshop, Bible study and prayer meetings have served as teachers, assistant teachers, staff, shuttle drivers and cooks.
Every year the camp has about 150 children who attend and almost 100 children accept Jesus Christ as their Savior by the last day of camp. These children share gospel with their families and friends and lead them to the church.
COVID-19 changed the church's plans for this summer.
"We never expected that we could continue the ministry this year, however God has given us great wisdom to find new and exciting ways to continue this ministry," the Rev. Dr. Yong Ju Jee said. "The new idea was to have a Drive-Thru Lodi Summer Camp."
The Drive-Thru Lodi Summer Camp was held from June 29 to July 3 this year with the theme, "A Light to the Gentiles" (Acts 13:47).
"We prepared packages with facial masks (for adults and kids), flour, pasta, cooking oil, sugar, dish soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and other essential goods for each family and goody bags for kids with handwritten cards from our junior staff members on behalf of our church family," Yong Jee said. "We then visited the families who we contacted in advance, put the package at their front door, called them, and prayed on the phone for them. We shared God's love and encouraged them with God's gospel."
This year's Lodi Summer Camp is a new mission strategy that broke the church's fixed ideologies and methods of the past, Yong Jee said.
"Through the Lodi mission this year everyone who participated experienced God's love, completed God's mission, so we could enjoy wonderful joy given by God," Rev. Yong Jee said.
The adapted summer camp helped the church connect with 47 families and more than 200 people, who came from 12 different countries, including Haiti, Tanzania, Congo, Nepal, Cuba, Somalia, Burma, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Thailand, Central Africa Republic, and Pakistan.
"The Great Commandment is loving God, and loving our neighbors," Yong Jee said.
- From Cayuga-Syracuse Presbytery Newsletter -