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Centrifuge campers pitch in $400,000 for home missions

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–Teens who attended Centrifuge camps this summer pitched in more than $400,344 for a mission offering that will go toward projects spearheaded by the North American Mission Board.
LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention sponsors Centrifuge and Crosspoint camps.
Each summer, campers give to a mission offering for specific causes, noted Joe Palmer, director of Centrifuge/Crosspoint.
“This year was a spectacular summer,” Palmer said. “The kids gave over $400,000. That’s$107,000 more than they gave last year.”
The money will go toward three specific NAMB projects, he said. Those are: 1) to build dorms for seminary students in Puerto Rico; 2) to build a house for summer missionaries in Casper, Wyo., and 3) as special assistance for college students serving as summer missionaries who operate on minimal funds.
“Another good story that comes out of our Centrifuge and Crosspoint camps this year,” Palmer said, “is the number of professions of faith that were made.”
Of the more than 60,000 who attended Centrifuge and Crosspoint camps, nearly 8,900 decisions for the Lord were made, he said.
Out of those decisions, 1,569 accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior; 4,799 rededicated their lives; 399 pledged to serve God in full-time Christian vocations; and 2,135 made miscellaneous other types of decisions.
Centrifuge was started in 1979 at two locations with 7,500 teens, Palmer said. By 1999, the number of camps had increased to 12 stationary, four traveling and 11 special teams serving 50,000 youth, he said.
“We know that many youth ministers now bringing teenagers to these camps first attended when they were youth themselves. These camps are investments in the future.”
Centrifuge camps include M-Fuge, where campers volunteer for construction work, backyard Bible clubs and ministries with the homeless, sick and elderly; Adventure-Fuge, an action-packed, sports-filled week; and Centri-Break, centered around Spring break activities. Teens in seventh through 12th grades are invited to attend Centrifuge camps.
Crosspoint camps are sports camp for fourth- through eighth-graders. Crosspoint 2 offers an adventure in athletics for seventh- through 12th-graders; Crosspoint 3 offers a Christian Team camp for seventh- through 12th-graders, and Sports Outreach is a sports ministry training experience for high school age students and above.
To register or for additional information on any of the camps, call 1-877-CAMP-123 or check the Internet at http://www.lifeway.com/fuge/index.htm (for Centrifuge) http://www.lifeway.com/crosspoint (for Crosspoint).