Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Introducing Camp Lakewood VBS for Blind Youth!
July 27 thru 31, 2009, Music By Laurel Jean, in partnership with Lakewood United Methodist Church, Lakewood, IL, Grace United Methodist Church, Charleston, SC and South Carolina’s Dixie Land Guide Dog Users, Inc. hosted a day-camp-style Vacation Bible School as part of my Children's Chaplaincy for blind youth. We have named this event "Camp Lakewood", in honor of the Lakewood, IL UMC that presented me with my first Braille Bible when I was a child, and continues to sponsor my Children's Chaplaincy.
This VBS was designed especially for blind kids, who seldom have an opportunity to fully participate in church. Our theme was "Seeing and Being God's Light". Day-campers shared music (with brailed lyrics), enjoyed devotions (in Braille and audio formats), acted out interactive Bible stories, went on a couple of outings (including a trip to Grace Church) and did other activities, all designed especially for them.
While the kids learned about God and brushed up on their independent living skills, they also were boosting their self-esteems and having lots of fun! Scroll to the next six posts to learn more, and to see pictures taken during this event!
Thank you for your ongoing prayers and support. God bless you, and keep His Song in your heart!
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A Little About Me
- Laurel Jean
- God continues to bless me with a busy and fulfilling life. Even after thirty-plus years, my music and ministry keep going and growing. Blind from birth, I am n avid user of Braille and the long, white cane, in addition to a variety of mainstream and access technology. While my blindness does not define me, I consider it to be a unique gift from God. With this gift comes my opportunity to serve as an advocate on behalf of my fellow members of the Blindness community, living and serving among blind and sighted folks of all ages, on all walks of life. To learn more about my music, ministry and outreach, please visit my Web site, and be sure to stay tuned to my Blog!