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Camp 2014 is just around the corner!

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Here in Sakété, we are excitedly anticipating camp! This yearly event will start Sunday, February 23rd and wrap up on Thursday, February 27th. This is one of our ministries very favorite times of the year, full of friends, fun, games, competitions, great food and learning more about the Lord together!

We are so excited to share with each of the children at Camp about Jesus and His ministry here on the earth, specifically regarding the parables He taught. We will walk through 13 of Jesus’ parables and our staff is hopeful that through these lessons the Camp participants will learn something new about God.

Camp has typically been the week between Christmas and New Years but this year it is somewhat delayed since Jon and Ashley were in the States during that holiday time. This next week will be the perfect time to have Camp as the children are on a one-week break from school for a vacation time. It also worked out very well that we have two volunteers with us from Germany right now and they will be here during Camp as well. They have graciously agreed to organize crafts for the week of camp and have brought suitcases full of great things to do! Trust us, we’re thankful for all the extra hands we can get!

We are always anxious to see all of our children in the program that still live in their home villages who join us for camp and are excited to welcome friends from around the Sakété area to participate and learn along with us. Additionally, each year we invite new friends we’ve made along the course of the year and it seems this year we’ve made an awful lot of friends! It’s looking like this years Camp will have more children than ever before!

Having too many friends is a really great problem to have, isn’t it? With the increased number of Camp participants we are trying to figure out how to best execute this with having so many children in attendance. We are so glad to have the problem of too many children! It will be a great time for these children to grow closer to the Lord. Our staff is always hopeful that our Center will be a place where children can learn more about God and who He is and also feel loved and secure while with us.


If you would be interested in joining us in prayer for Camp 2014, listed below are ways you can specifically pray for our staff and the children. If you are interested in donating specifically to Camp 2014, please click donate on the right hand side of this post & that will pull you to our PayPal site. Checks designated for Camp 2014 can also be made out to Tree of Life USA and mailed to:

         PO Box 157

         Alpha, OH 45301


If you would be willing to pray specifically for Camp 2014 at Arbre de Vie here are some specific needs we have at this time:

     1.) Preparation for Camp

That all the details would come together and our staff here in Benin would feel well prepared for what is sure to be a great, but chaotic, week ahead!

      2.) Strength for our Workers

Specifically for the women who are working in the kitchen to prepare 3 meals a day + snacks for close to 100 people on an open fire! This is extremely hard work and we have brought in extra help outside of our regular kitchen staff to help with Camp.

     3.) The Children at Camp

Many children are traveling from a far distance to join us for Camp so please pray for the safety of them and their families. Also pray that everyone stays healthy and free from injury. Especially be in prayer that their hearts are open to what the Lord wants to show them and teach them for Camp 2014!

     4.) That the glory of the Lord would shine!

Pray the Lord would be glorified in all that is said and done leading up to Camp and throughout the course of Camp!


We are very excited for the days ahead and can’t wait to share with you the great things Camp 2014 surely has in store for all of us! Thank you for your continued love and support.

Author: Ashley Barchus

Ashley first volunteered at Arbre de Vie in the spring of 2007 and has poured her life into helping the children of Yedidja and the people of Sakété ever since. She now lives in Sakété, with her husband Jon, serving as a mother to the children in the orphanage while also being the director of the orphanage and the social assistance programs of the ministry. She is also the president of Tree of Life USA. Before moving to Benin, she was a youth pastor at Beavercreek Church of the Nazarene from 2006 - 2010. She received her undergrad and masters degree from Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

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