Zim Camp Participants Chosen


Eleven youth from Western PA churches have been selected for this summer’s Zim Camp, an opportunity to experience life and ministry in Zimbabwe for about two weeks.

Zim Camp, for youth ages 15-18, is part of the Conference partnership with the United Methodist Church in Zimbabwe. From July 28 – August 13, the group will spend time enjoying fellowship and getting to know youth in Zimbabwe and working together on some of the district-to-district projects underway as part of  the Zimbabwe Partnership.

Chosen to participate in Zim Camp were quadruplets Samantha,Alex, Thomas and Rebecca  Hyland of Holiday Park UMC; Hannah Barch, also of Holiday Park UMC; Julie Wilson and Nicholas Cunningham of First UMC in St. Marys; Karla Kruger of First UMC in Butler; Katherine Parish of First UMC in New Castle; Hannah Kostelnik of Whitaker UMC, and Ruth Evan Freeman of Baldwin Community UMC.  
It will be the second trip to Zimbabwe for Julie Wilson, who was part of a youth delegation that traveled there in 2014 for the Ebenezer revival celebrating 117 years of United Methodist ministry in the southwestern Africa nation. That group's experience is shown in the video above.
Traveling with the youth this summer will be Zimbabwe Partnership Coordinator Sandra Matoushaya, a native of Zimbabwe, and the Revs. Greg Cox, director of connectional ministries; Stephanie Gottschalk, missions coordinator, and Erik Hoeke, pastor of Avery UMC in Washington, PA, and a past participant in the Zimbabwe Immersion Program. 



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