Facilitators assist with Bethel Church Vacation Bible School

These four young people from Camp Emmaus, Menahga, Minn., spent Monday thru Thursday, July 17-20, as facilitators of Bethel Lutheran Church’s Vacation Bible School in Greenbush. From left to right are: Aimee Borg, Bassel Shatara, Eleanor Barnett, and Sophie Geister-Jones. (photo by Mavis Gonshorowski)

Facilitator is defined as a person responsible for leading or coordinating the work of a group; as one who leads a discussion.

And so it was on Monday morning, July 24 at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Greenbush. Waiting to welcome approximately 50 youngsters who had come to attend Bethel’s Vacation Bible School were four very enthusiastic young program facilitators. They would remain in Greenbush thru Thursday, July 27.

These facilitators, who are also camp counselors, must be a current college student. Aimee Borg of Baudette will be starting her junior year at St. Paul college. Sophie Geister-Jones, an Augustana college student, is in her senior year. Eleanor Barnett is a university student in her home country of Britain. She came with a friend who was in Warroad as a facilitator at the time. 

Bassel Shatara is from Jordan where he is in his second year as a university student.

“I am a youth and scout leader in Jordan and I received an invitation from the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) to come here. I came the end of May and will return to Jordan the first of September,” Bassel said.

The facilitators home base is Camp Emmaus near Menahga, Minn., one of several camps that are a part of Pathway Lutheran Outdoor Ministries.

At the camp during the summer, those in attendance learn more about their faith and God through Bible Study and worship. The big thing shared is spreading God’s love to everyone. They also participate in night stays at camp out sites, challenge themselves on the low and high rope course, play camp games, take a trip down the river, etc. It’s where the kids get to know themselves, that they can just be themselves, that they are loved, and that they are at a safe place.

To see the full story, read the August 2 issue of The Tribune in print or online.

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