Listening to my minister’s sermon at church yesterday about “Joy” reminded me how blessed we are to be able to serve here at Camp Joy. His theme was focused on how we can “shine our light” in a dark world to spread “Joy” to others – especially during the Holidays. 73 years ago, Camp Joy’s early leaders
from the St. Barnabus Church wanted to give “Joy” to the children in its neighborhood affected by the devastating 1937 flood (thus, the name Camp Joy). Captain & Sadie Hall and Deac & Betty Mosely shined their light to help show children there was hope outside the flood-ravaged streets of Cincinnati’s West End neighborhood. The light continues at Joy today – in the form of “candle chats” with campers sharing about their challenges living in a foster home or dealing with cancer…. School students sharing around the light of a campfire how it felt to act as a slave in the Underground Railroad Program – and what they will do back at school to confront discrimination and prejudices…. Adults sharing around the light of campfire what they will do back at home to improve their relationships with their family….
I have been blessed and I am thankful to be a small part of Joy’s 73 year legacy and will continue Amy’s “appreciation chain” in the previous blog by thanking each and every participant, camper, guest, staff and board members (past & present), donor, neighbor, and friend of Joy for spreading the “Joy Light” in our world.
Happy Holidays, Mike McGinty