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Letter: STORM Camp not coming to PR area this summer

For 22 years, STORM Camp (Service To Others in Relational Ministry) has brought between 90-110 teenagers to the United Methodist Northern Pines campground for a week of service to Park Rapids and surrounding communities.

An average of 100 families and organizations were served during the week. Members of Hubbard, Menahga and Sebeka United Methodist Churches were instrumental in carrying out the week of service providing infrastructure leadership.

After last year’s camp, Pastor David Brown and the STORM Ministries board made a decision to export STORM to another community in need. This had been a long time vision of Pastor Brown, to try to serve other communities and areas in the state of Minnesota. Faribault, in Rice County, was selected.

Rice County has a population of 60,000 people and more than 11 percent are in poverty. It is a multi-ethnic community with many great people and churches, and much need. STORM will be based at 4th Ave United Methodist Church.

Pastor Brown and the STORM Board and leadership of STORM Camp would like to thank all the people and businesses in the Park Rapids area that have helped us out, the staff at Northern Pines Campground and especially all the fine people of the United Methodist churches who made STORM Camp a success these last 22 years.

Our prayer and hope is that all the churches in the area would step up and take the call of Jesus seriously to “serve one another” and fill the gaps in caring for the elderly, the left out, and those in need.

The STORM motto applies to all Christians ... “Serving Jesus by serving others.”

David Brown